Efegania ‘Nan’ was born on September 12, 1924 in Sioux City, Iowa and died on September 12, 2021. She was the sixth of seven daughters from a loyal Orthodox family. The sisters have remained close all their lives. Nan married Gus Cusulos in 1946 and moved her family from South Dakota to San Francisco in 1958. They had three children, Stacy, Vicki and Tim, who are all married and have children.
Nan is survived by her five beloved and cherished grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Nan cherished her Greek heritage. She and Gus enjoyed traveling to Greece and other countries. They both loved to entertain their family and friends. Nan was a warm and gracious hostess with an exceptional gift for cooking. She planned carefully in advance to make sure the table was set in a festive manner and happily greeted her guests with open arms.
Nan and Gus belonged to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. They helped build Holy Trinity and have continued to support both churches over the years. Nan joined the Philoptochos Society and was a member of the Daughters of Penelope for sixty years.
Nan’s joie de vivre was an inspiration. She was a woman of many talents and interests. She supported Gus in their businesses, got her real estate license, and learned to paint still lifes and landscapes. Throughout her life, Nan has managed with ease and thanks to her many immediate and extended family responsibilities. His curiosity and desire to learn continued until his later years.
Nan was a woman of deep faith and conviction. She lived her faith by attending the Divine Sunday Liturgy, praying morning and evening, reading the scriptures and serving others. Nan was a devoted wife, mother, stepmother, yiayia, great yiayia, sister, aunt and friend. If you were going through a difficult time, you might count on a call from Nan saying, “I pray for you,” followed by a heartfelt greeting card.
Nan accepted her sick journey with dignity and grace, knowing that her Lord Jesus Christ was by her side and taking her with him to a place where joy and eternal life reign. We pray that his legacy will live on in all of our hearts.
Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, September 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, SF. Private family burial just after at the Greek Orthodox Memorial Park. County-imposed COVID restrictions will be enforced with masks and social distancing.
Donations can be made on Nan’s behalf to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
or to the Construction Fund of the Cathedral of the Annunciation.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle September 16-19, 2021.