She was born on August 3, 1932 in Soulou, Magalopolis, Arcadia, Greece to George and Stavroula Makris.
Maria and her family moved to Peristeri, a suburb of Athens shortly before the German occupation. As you can imagine, these were very difficult times and she has many stories to tell including one where she and other children were tasked with walking miles to gather branches and sticks, carrying them on their backs to be used by the Germans for firewood.
At the age of 12, Maria started studying design and sewing and received her diploma from the Scolh Eleuqerwn Spoudwn KoptikhV RaptikhV.
In 1955, Maria met the love of her life Efthymios Nassiopoulos and in October of 1960, the two were married. They resided in Peristeri until the summer of 1961, when while pregnant with their first born, George they traveled across the Atlantic and moved to Boston in an apartment on Village Street in Boston’s South End.
In 1964 Maria and Efthymios welcomed their second child, Dimitra and shortly thereafter moved back to Greece. After a couple of years, the entire family returned to the States, living in South Boston and attending St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
In October 1971, the Nassiopoulos family moved to Somerville, specifically choosing a house on Central Street to be close to the Dormition. Maria’s mother, Stavroula lived with the family and they all walked to church each Sunday.
While a devoted wife and mother, Maria had a long career at a textile firm in Boston as a head seamstress. She was so gifted in her craft that her employer’s wife hired her as her personal seamstress.
Maria has been very involved in the church and through the years has been part of the Sunday School PTA, Philoptohos, and the Golden Club.
To this day, Maria still resides on Central Street in Somerville.