Diane Becharas Obituary, Death – Diane Becharas (née Gianaris) passed away in the arms of her loving family on July 8, 2023, at the age of 82, following a brief illness. She was born on February 28, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan to Greek parents Constantine and Elizabeth Gianaris (née Hart). Following her high school graduation from Detroit’s Mumford, Diane wed Dean “Dino” Becharas. She followed in the footsteps of her parents and grandparents by taking a job at the Becharas Brothers Coffee Co. As a result of her efforts, the company has been around for 110 years, spanning four generations.
Diane loved spending the summers in the village of Sanga, in the wild mountains of Arcadia, Greece, with her husband and young children. She immersed herself in Sangan culture and food. She had a deep understanding and sympathy for those who left their villages in search of the “American Dream” because of the lack of modern conveniences such as plumbing and electricity. The Birmingham Country Club honored Diane with life membership. Diane loved to have her extended family and friends over to her and her husband’s “Becharas Room” in the Private Dining Room on special occasions, even when she wasn’t preparing her famous Greek cuisine. She enjoyed this custom because it gave her big family an excuse to be boisterous, jovial, and share memories.
Diane attended St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan, where she had been a faithful member for many years. She was a devout Christian who was also generous and selfless. She was always generous and never expected anything in return. The land on which St. Nicholas now stands was purchased with donations from Diane and her husband. Diane enjoyed the ocean and the warmth of the sun immensely. She took great pleasure in working in her garden, the color purple, and exquisite perfumes. She always had something to share with the group and made everyone feel welcome. Family was Diane’s top priority. She loved nothing more than visiting with her offspring and future generations. She cherished her role as “Yia Yia” and counted herself lucky to have been around for the births of all nine of her grandkids. Diane’s legacy will be the love she had for her children and grandchildren.
She was Dean “Dino”‘s beloved wife of 52 years. Mother of DJ (Carrie), Demi (John), and DJ’s twins, Nicholas (Michele), and Demi (John). Nicky and Maria and Alec and Paul and Diana and Constantine and Marianna and Daniella and Deena’s adoring Yia Yia. Constance Christy’s sister from Newport Beach, California. Samira Elias, her best friend of 52 years, and her numerous adoring nieces and nephews in the United States and Greece also survive her. Diane requested that her funeral be celebrated privately by her family at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, and she will be laid to rest in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 760 W. Wattles Rd., Troy, is the suggested recipient of any memorial donations.