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In Memory of

Karen Tsinikas

February 13, 1945 - March 29, 2015

Obituary


Karen Opalach Tsinikas, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away quietly on Sunday evening, surrounded by her family. Karen had recently celebrated her 70th birthday and had been battling metastatic breast cancer.

Karen was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Montclair, NJ. She earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University and received an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. She cultivated a deep appreciation for culture, music, architecture, and design throughout her life. Her strong writing skills and gift for language led to a position as an advertising...

Karen Opalach Tsinikas, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed away quietly on Sunday evening, surrounded by her family. Karen had recently celebrated her 70th birthday and had been battling metastatic breast cancer.

Karen was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Montclair, NJ. She earned her bachelor's degree from Boston University and received an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. She cultivated a deep appreciation for culture, music, architecture, and design throughout her life. Her strong writing skills and gift for language led to a position as an advertising copywriter and then as an Account Executive at one of New York City's major boutique advertising agencies, Avrett Free Ginsburg, supervising campaign strategies for some of the world's greatest brands, including Nestlé, Nestlé Purina, Pfizer, and Abbott Labs. From there, her business degree and acumen led to positions as a marketing executive at Moody's Investors Service, as well as marketing consulting assignments in Greece.

Throughout her adult life, Karen lived in Athens, Greece and New York, NY, before moving to Atlanta, GA in 1995, where she raised her two children and engaged in community service. She was devoted to Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she was an Elder and an active member of the Community Outreach Committee. She was also a committed volunteer at Agape Youth & Family Center and The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

In 2013, Karen moved to Los Angeles for nearly two years to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, and spent many happy months with them, helping to welcome their newborn daughter to the world in May 2014. Due to her unexpected illness, she returned to Georgia in October 2014 to be closer to her trusted physician at Emory Healthcare and, more importantly, to be able to spend her last months surrounded by her many dear friends in Atlanta.
She was the daughter of Dorothy Schluter and Stanley Walter Opalach, Jr. Karen is survived by: son Andrew Byron Tsinikas (New York, NY), daughter Elena Despina Dasgupta-Tsinikas, grand-daughter Zoe Parvati Dasgupta-Tsinikas, son-in-law Shom Dasgupta-Tsinikas, M.D. (Los Angeles, CA), brother Jan Opalach and sister-in-law Katharine Edmonds (New York, NY). She is predeceased by brother Frederic (Rick) Opalach.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3003 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327. A reception for friends and family will be held in Williams Hall immediately after the service. Contributions in Karen's honor can be directed to Agape Youth & Family Center (http://agapeatlanta.org) or Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA (http://www.trinityatlanta.org).