Sophie BeserisMarch 8, 1929 - April 11, 2015Sophie K. Beseris, 86, passed away peacefully on the morning of April 11, 2015. She was born on March 8, 1929 to Alex and Panagota Katsilometes, Raised in a large Greek family, she was one of eight siblings. She attended school in Pocatello, graduating from Pocatello High in 1947. She worked as an underwriter for Farmers Insurance, then as a medical transcriptionist starting at St. Anthony Hospital and later for Bannock Regional Medical Center where she was recognized for 35 years of service. She enjoyed her career at Bannock and met many life long friends. After retiring from Bannock Sophie continued to transcribe for a number of years for local physicians. Sophie met the love of her life, Gust A. Beseris, in 1952. They wed on June 26, 1955 at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Pocatello. Blessed with three children; Maria, Thomas Dino and Alexander Dean, they made a home and raised their family in Pocatello. Sophie and Gust enjoyed 34 years together before his passing. She was an active parishoner of the Greek Orthodox Church and served as a council member and participated in the Philoptohos Society. Sophie loved her church, of which her father was an original founder, and was eagerly anticipating the completion of the recent renovations. Sophie's greatest joy was spending time with her family, which she was so proud of. There have been countless hours spent cooking, baking and visiting in her kitchen. She has ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored. Most referred to her as Koukla, meaning "little doll" in Greek. Spending time at Koukla's house was always a favorite pastime and there are many cherished memories that we will not forget. Sophie was preceded in death by her husband Gust, her parents, sisters Penny, Bella and Thespo and brother John. She is survived by her daughter Maria (Tim) Swore and their children, Rebecca, Trisha, Travis (Ryan) and Katie Swore of Pocatello, son Tom (Susan), and their children, Christina (Michael) Purcell of Santa Clara, California, Andrea and Michael Beseris of Pocatello, and Alex (Wendi), and their children Ethan, Mathew and Emily Beseris of Salt Lake City; great-grandchildren AJ, Avery, Mia, Reace, Olivia, Adasyn, David and Kaimana, brother Jim, sisters Elsie and Elaine of California, and numerous nieces and nephews. Viewing and Trisagion services will be held Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 7pm at Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave. Funeral services are to be held at 11am on Wednesday April 15 at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 518 N. 5th Ave. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetary.Friends may send online condolences to the family by visiting www.DownardFuneralHome.com
. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Restoration Building Fund at PO Box 4567 Pocatello, ID 83205.