The Life of Denise Dimas

 Denise Dionysia Dimas, age 89, passed away peacefully on August 25 at her home. She was born in Rahi, Greece, on July 20, 1929. She was the daughter of Panagiotis and Eleftheria (Chrisanthopoulos) Koufis. She married the late William (Vasilios) Dimas in 1960 in Rahi, Greece. She emigrated to join him to North Plainfield, New Jersey in 1961, where they started and ran a successful restaurant. In 1972 they moved to Connecticut and started another restaurant in Bridgeport which ran successfully until she retired in 1986. She lived with her daughter and her family the past seven years in Guilford, CT. Her devotion to faith and family was a central part of her life. She attended Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, where she was a devoted member of the Daughters of Penelope philanthropic organization. After she retired, she was member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Ansonia until it merged with St. Barbara’s in Orange. She was a devoted member of St. Barbara's to the end of her life. She enjoyed attending services at St. Alexis in Clinton, CT and Three Saints in Ansonia with her grandchildren. Sia to her many friends and Yiayia to her beloved grandchildren, she loved her family and friends deeply. Her legacy of cooking and baking recipes are treasured by her entire family. She was an inspiration to us all with her deep faith. She helped many people and was always there for her family and friends to lend a hand. She was a tremendous volunteer in the Church. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband Vasilios Dimas, and her sisters, Kalliopi, Eleni, Angeliki, Maria and her brother Nikolaos. She leaves behind her three children and their families: Dino Dimas and wife Lisa, and their daughter Kayliegh of Seymour CT, Liberty Dimas Page and husband Richard, and their children Alex and Ellen of Guilford CT; and William Dimas and wife Theresa, and their children Kassandra, Amanda and Samantha of Shelton CT. She is survived by one brother, Andreas Koufis of Rahi Greece, and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be held at St Barbara’s Church in Orange on Thursday August 30, with a wake starting at 4 PM followed by a funeral at 5 PM. The interment will be a private ceremony for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her memory to CT Hospice, St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, CT or St. Alexis Orthodox Church, Clinton, CT. To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Denise (Dionysia) Dimas, please visit

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