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She was Born December 18th, 1932 in Kefalonia, Greece to the late Panayiotis Stilianessis and Amalia Peristianou. Maria was a very outgoing and caring person who worked long hours while also attended medical school in Athens Greece. Later working as a microbiologist she met her husband Clyde Oster, they traveled extensively while he was in the military and later civil service until they settled down in NJ where they raised their daughter Andreann while running various food establishments. They retired in Myrtle Beach where Maria attended Coastal Carolina University receiving a Bachelors of Science with a major in health promotions in 1996 at the age of 64. She loved learning as well as passing on that knowledge and had a gift for languages speaking 7 fluently and communication in 3 more.
She is survived by two brothers Spiro Stilianessis and Jerry Stilianessis and three sisters, Paraskevi Tarazi, Evangelia Pefanis and Niki Cogdell. She is predeceased by two brothers Philip Stilianessis and Jimmy Stilianessis and one sister Lilly Markham
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 19th from 5:00 PM until 6:00 PM at McMillan-Small Funeral Home, with a prayer service following beginning at 6:00 PM. She will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The date of burial will be announced as soon as it is available.
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