Lenda Elias Persiko | PostIndependent.com

Lenda Elias Persiko

Lenda Elias Persiko died Nov. 28, 2007, after a long illness.She was born Aug. 8, 1921, in Manchester, N.H., to Deeb Elias and Wardi Abdenour.She married Fred Persiko in 1942 at Barksdale Field Military Base in Shreveport, La.She enjoyed the Roaring Fork Valley starting in the 1960s after moving to Denver in the 1970’s with her husband. When Fred was the director of the children’s homes in the New York area, Lenda assisted in the care of hundreds of young people, many of whom regarded her as a foster mother into their adult lives.In Denver, she managed the flight attendants for Frontier Airlines and kept in touch with many of them after she retired.Lenda enjoyed music and theater, gardening and the volunteer work she did for many agencies. She taught ESL at one of Denver’s community colleges and was a mentor and friend to many of her students. Before and after her retirement, she assisted families from several foreign countries when they came to Denver, and was an interpreter for Arabic-speaking visitors She also cooked Middle Eastern food for them from her Lebanese heritage.For the past seven years, she lived in Carbondale, close to her son, Bo, and his family. Lenda had a warm smile and rich greeting for everyone she encountered. Survivors include her sons Bo (Sue) Persiko, and Bob (Alexandra) Persiko of Maryland; foster son Joe Gugliardo of Denver; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three nephews; one niece; two great-nephews and two great-nieces; and brother Abe (Sheila) Elias of New Jersey; and sister-in-law Olly Elias of Massachusetts. All were in close contact with her.She was preceded in death by her husband; and brother Leo, whose wife, Olly Elias, lives in Massachusetts with her family.A memorial will be announced at a later date.

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