New York.- (GreekNewsOnline)
Maria Germanou – Zoupaniotis, Director of the Press of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations, passed away on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the age of 58, after a short fight with cancer. She is survived by her husband Apostolos Zoupaniotis, Publisher and Editor of Greek American Weekly Newspaper “Greek News” and UN Correspondent for Cyprus News Agency and Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation; son Evangelos Zoupaniotis, Juror Administrator at the United Stated District Court for the Eastern District of New York; daughter Irene Zoupaniotis – Ebersole and Joshua Ebersole, attorneys at Law; mother Irene Germanou; sisters Annie and Eleni Germanou.
Maria Germanou – Zoupaniotis was born in Paphos, Cyprus, in 1958. After she completed her primary and secondary education in her hometown, she studied Economics at the Aristotelean University of Thessaloniki, where she met her husband and 40 years companion. In 1981, they came for graduate studies in the United States and they lived here ever since. She had a Master’s Degree in Economics from Queens College, CUNY.
She worked as an administrative assistant at the Cyprus Children’s Fund in New York, and since 1989 she was the Director of the Press Office of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the UN.
In addition, since 2005 she was the leading expert of Cyprus to the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee). She attended UN plenary sessions and High level meetings at the UN, negotiated on behalf of Cyprus through different issues related to Cyprus, participated in EU coordination meetings and liaised with EU Member States on matters pertaining to the UN agenda.
She was characterized as the “institutional memory” of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus, covering the UN visits and intercommunal talks for 5 Presidents of the Republic.
In announcing her death, the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the UN characterizes Maria Germanou – Zoupaniotis an exemplary, dedicated and hard working civil servant, a good colleague and friend to all in the mission.
“Her professional career has been identified with the history of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations for nearly three decades. She leaves a large and irreplaceable vacuum.”
Colleagues and friends will be able to pay their respects at the ANTONOPOULOS FUNERAL HOME, INC., (38-08 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY11105), on Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18; visitation hours 2 – 5 pm and 7 – 9 pm. Archbishop Demetrios is expected to perform a trisagion around 7:30 pm on Monday.
Her funeral will take place in Paphos, Cyprus at a date to be announced soon by the family.
In lieu of flowers the family encourages friends to donate in her memory to the Cyprus Children’s Fund, where she worked from 1987-1989 (13 East 40th Street | New York, NY 10016. www.cyprus-childrensfund.org | firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 212 696 4590 | Fax: 212 532 9640 )