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Marica Popescu, 92, Formerly of Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Marica Tassi Popescu, a former Fairfield resident, died May 15, her 92nd birthday.

Popescu was most recently a resident of Holy Trinity Orthodox Nursing Home in Worcester, Mass.

She was born in the mountain village of Patacina near Edessa, Greece, to George Tassi Popescu and Chiratsa Pariza Popescu. The fifth of 11 children, Popescu helped raise her younger siblings in a household without electricity or plumbing.

During World War II and the Greek Civil War, Popescu's talents as a seamstress and dressmaker provided income for her large family. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1956 and settled in Bridgeport with her sister, Florica. She joined St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church and found work at the Hubbell Co. in Bridgeport.

She spent years saving to help bring her brother and three sisters to Bridgeport during the late 1950s. Popescu then went to work at Popescu Dental Lab, her bother's business in Bridgeport. For more than 25 years, she created crowns and dentures for thousands of customers. Popescu also helped raise her many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by five sisters, Anna Zdru, of Stratford, Florica Tonna, of Worcester, Mass., Bia Michaels, of Fairfield, Veta Canouta, of Athens, Greece, and Lena Caragiorgu, of Constanta, Romania; a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews. Popescu was predeceased by a brother, Nicolae Popescu; and two sisters, Victoria Carabuzi and Beca Gherghe.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday at St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of services. Lesko and Polke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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