DOVER - Maria Liadis Faskianos, a beloved eighth-grade English teacher and longtime resident of Dover, died on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024, at home in Hoboken, N.J., with daughters Sophia and Irina holding her hands.
Born on May 15, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the middle child of Angelo and Irene Liadis, who immigrated from Chios, Greece. She earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and minor in Education from Chatham College for Women and received a Master of Science for Teachers in English from the University of New Hampshire.
After marrying Dr. James C. Faskianos in 1962, she moved to Dover where she managed his orthodontics practice in their home-office on Silver Street and performed countless acts of kindness for the community.
Known for her grace, generosity, and indomitable spirit, Mrs. Faskianos distinguished herself as an educator when, in her 50s, she resumed her teaching career after what she called a 29-year maternity leave. From 1993 to 2011, she influenced 1,800 students at Dover Middle School with her steadfast confidence in their abilities and her passion for language arts.
Predeceased by her husband of almost 50 years, she is survived by daughters Sophia M. Faskianos and Irina A. Faskianos; grandchildren Maximos Faskianos Capus, Xandros James Faskianos Capus, and Christopher James DePatie; sons- in-law Stephen A. Capus and Thomas T. DePatie; brothers George A. Liadis and Steve A. Liadis; dear sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews; and close friends.