Desma Marie (Rizopulos) Girard

Born: Thu., Dec. 28, 1978
Died: Sun., Apr. 1, 2018

Time of Remembrance

7:30 AM Wed., Apr. 11, 2018
Location: Fairlawn


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 11, 2018
Location: Fairlawn

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Desma Maria Girard (Rizopulos)

Desma Maria Girard (Rizopulos), 39, passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm and was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. Born December 28, 1978 in Akron, she was the daughter of the late Maria (Rizopulos) and Thomas Girard.

A warm, compassionate, independent woman, Desma immersed herself in her education, graduating from the University of Akron in 2003, kept fit through exercise and reached out to help whenever needed. 

She was especially devoted to her dogs, Boston, Sam, and Parker, who were everything to her. Thank you, Rick Fullen, for your compassionate care of Desma’s beloved pets. Desma was a talented chef and baker and founded and managed Uniquely Greek Catering Company.

Desma leaves behind loving uncle, Peter Rizopulos (Annette); a brother and a nephew; cousins, Fran and Nicholas Karnazes, James and Alexis Rizopulos (Mara and Cali), Tia and Greg Kuchik (Keira), many caring friends, especially David and Paula Prentice and family, and a special Godchild.

She made many acquaintances over the years working in healthcare at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Wellness Center and through her catering business.  

The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 11 from 6-8pm at Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd, Fairlawn OH 44333. A remembrance service officiated by Father Andrew Lentz will begin at 7:30pm.

Private inurnment at Mt Peace Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given to Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Building Funds, 129 South Union Street, Akron OH, 44304 or One of a Kind Pet Rescue, 1485 Marion Avenue, Akron, OH 44313.

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James Funk
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Desma, the times we spent together with you and your family are lasting memories which we will always have. You remain in our hearts forever. May God join you in love with those who have gone before you.

Uncle Jim & Marilynn

Susan Geller
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Dearest Roche and Dominic, our thoughts and pains are with you. First your mom, then your Dad and now your sister. So very saddened to see you go thru this loss again, and for your sister. I see by the obituary that you and Dominic are not mentioned. Same games played when your mom passed. So very sorry you have to go thru this again. Roger and I are a phone call away if you need us. Stay strong. Terribly tragic.

michelle willen
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
I will miss your sweet smiling face and warm personality. Your kindness and of course, wonderful cooking for our special occasions will never be forgotten. My mot sincere condolences to all your family and friends. May you soar with the angels sweet Desma.

Tami Letosky
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
To Desma’s Family and Friends,
Please accept mt deepest condolences with the passing of Desma. She was such a kind and giving person. I met her at Akron General. We would have an occasional chat each morning she would come to our office for coffee. Rest In Peace Desma.

JoAnn Larsen
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
My deepest sympathy in the loss of such a pleasant face at Lifestyles. I always enjoyed Desma's happy greeting whenever I walked by the fitness desk. We miss her & feel sorry for your loss.

Pope Levenderis Rasmussen
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
Our very deepest sympathy to the Rizopulos and the Girard family. May the Lord comfort you in the most difficult days to come.
The Rasmussen family, Eric & Dana.

Tia Kuchik
   Posted Fri April 13, 2018
Dear Desma,

You will be so missed by so many-it was nice to meet all of your friends and clients and know that you were loved. We hope you are at peace and free from any pain due to your illness. You and your mom will always be in our thoughts.

Love your cousin,

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