Esther Lordots, nee Stathoudakis, passed away at age 88 on August 31, 2021. Esther was born on July 9, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, to Athena and Spiro Stathoudakis. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Chris J. Lordots. Esther was the loving mother of Carolyn (Joe) Kolbaba, John C. Lordots and Kristin (Michael) Collins. She was the proud grandmother of Sara Kolbaba, Elyse (Jonathan) McClish, Maeve Collins and Liam Collins. She was the dear sister of Helen (John) Goomas, Mary (the late Jim) Fasel, the late Michael (the late Helen) Stathos, the late Ann (the late George) Rousakis, and the late Irene (John) Stambulis. She was the fond aunt and cousin of many.
Esther was a special individual. It was evident at a young age that Esther was whip smart. She skipped two grades and quickly became a responsible adult assisting with family responsibilities. She often gladly acted as the family chauffeur. Esther had a deep love of family and travel. She often reflected fondly of her many road trips with her family and friends.
Esther met her future husband Chris at a GOYA (church) event. They married on March 15, 1959. They settled with their three children in Des Plaines, Illinois, where they lived together for 55 years.
Esther was a loving and supportive mother. She encouraged her daughters’ interests during their school years and their chosen careers. Esther was a pioneer in special education, consistently and passionately advocating for her son’s educational and social needs. She was an avid supporter of Northwest Special Recreation Association and Special Olympics. Regardless of the topic of conversation, Esther always found a way to express her pride in her children.
The word loyal doesn’t seem to do justice when describing Esther. If she thought you needed anything, she would move heaven and earth to help. Whether it was the money shoved in your pocket or the extra-large serving of pastitsio on your plate…. neither needed, but certainly appreciated…she would do whatever she felt was helpful. It was best not to argue with Esther. It was likely a battle you would not win and she did not suffer fools.
For over 60 years, Esther faithfully met with her ‘club’ friends on the first Friday of every month. Their lasting friendship was enviable. They told stories, debated and laughed. She loved these gatherings and certainly never missed an opportunity to brag about her grandchildren.
Esther took whatever obstacles life threw at her in stride. She endured multiple major surgeries throughout her life (thirteen at last count). Many of these, including overcoming colon cancer, would have broken most individuals, but these experiences only seemed to make Esther stronger, virtually rendering her bionic. Her strength and fortitude were formidable traits.
If you met Esther, she definitely left an impression. If you knew Esther, you were lucky. If you were loved by her, well, that is a feeling you will not soon forget.
Visitation will be Tuesday, September 7, 2021, from 10:00 AM until time of Funeral Service at 10:30 AM at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery, River Grove, IL. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Esther’s name to Clearbrook.
May Her Memory Be Eternal.