Efterpi Hines, better known as Tepi, passed away on May 18, 2019. Tepi was born on July 29, 1962 to Efrosini and Philip Tsarnas in Brooklyn, NY. After being raised and starting her own family in Brooklyn, she moved to New Jersey and spent the last twenty years in Cranbury, NJ. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, William; daughter, Christina, her husband Brian and their son Jackson; son, Thomas; daughter, Andrea and dog; Beau. She was preceded in death by her father, Philip.
Tepi spent the first twenty years of motherhood as a full-time mom, running her household and raising her three children; the pride and joy of her life. She gave her whole self to being a wonderful mother and put them in front of everything else. Two weeks before her untimely death, she became a grandmother for the first time and could not have been happier to see her family grow.
Tepi went back to work for the last ten years, and ran the office at Dubin Orthodontics. She loved being able to work with people and keep everything running as she did with all things in her life, like clockwork
Raised as a proud Greek, Tepi spent her summers growing up in Greece as well as Orient, Long Island. The oldest of three in her family, she was a loving and nurturing yet tough older sister to Steve and Christopher.
Above all, what people will remember most about Tepi is her open heartedness and her welcoming and gracious nature. She was always happier giving than receiving and no matter how last minute or late at night, if you walked into her house you were fed and more importantly loved. The glue to her family and friends, her laugh and bellowing voice could be heard over anyone and was a comfort and joy to everyone. When she wasn’t entertaining in her own home, she was still the life of the party wherever she went. You could find her out to dinner with her husband and friends every weekend or singing and dancing with anyone who would join her.
A friend to everyone she met, those closest to her were lucky enough to hear her advice, jokes and feel her kindness and even those who just met her in passing were drawn to her.
Tepi was taken too soon from this earth, but no matter how big the void is she left, everyone who knew her is better and fuller because of it.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619.
Interment will take place at the Brainerd Cemetery, Cranbury, NJ.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the A.S. Cole Son and Company Funeral Home, 22 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kimisis Theotokou by calling (718) 788-0152 or to support Parkinson’s research at michaeljfox.org.