Anastasia Crambes Sistare

April 29, 2018

CHARLOTTE – Anastasia “Ana” Crambes Sistare fell asleep in our Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, on April 29, 2018. A native Charlottean, she was born on May 15, 1963, and graduated from East Mecklenburg High School ‘81, where she also rallied the Eagles as a cheerleader.

A proud Tar Heel, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Education, class of ’85. Her first teaching job was in the Science Department of Carmel Middle School, her alma mater. Her budding teaching career was interrupted when she took leave to attend to her ailing mother, Emily Couchell Crambes, in late 1985.   We are saddened beyond measure that Ana succumbed to the same illness that claimed her mother thirty-three years earlier.

After the devastating loss of her mother, Ana mustered her trademark strength and force of character, and forged a new career as a Real Estate Manager for Couchell Investment Company, doing an excellent job for the eight years she held that position. She later successfully managed the Crambes family business on Westinghouse Boulevard for fifteen years.

Ana married a native Charlottean, Douglas Matthew Sistare, in October of 1994. Together, they nurtured three beautiful children, Matthew, Luke and Emily Sistare. Ana’s passion for education and early childhood development showed in her devotion in parenting her three children. They are and will always remain her heart and soul.

Ana and Doug raised their children with a firm foundation in their Christian faith and are founding members of the St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church. Among other endeavors, Ana began an extraordinary project there for families with limited means and who faced escalating medical bills. The ‘Goyans Gone Gray’ Annual Fundraiser, which she chaired for eight years, has to date raised and disbursed over $100,000 for these families. For this, she is the 2018 Archangel Michael Award recipient.

In perhaps the greatest testament to her courage and discipline, Ana hosted her Annual Fundraiser with grace and verve just two days after receiving her cancer diagnosis. She not only ensured that all attendees enjoyed the celebration, but also managed to secure the necessary funds for all the families in need for whom she was committed.

A constant source of both strength and compassion, Ana remained a devoted friend to so very many.  Ana loved people.  We are comforted with hundreds of messages from all the heartbroken she touched.

She is survived by her loving husband, Douglas Sistare, and her talented children, Matthew, Luke and Emmy. She will also be remembered by her father, John Crambes, a Charlottean for fifty years, now residing in his birthplace of Sparta, Greece; her only sibling, Lea Crambes Tsahakis, her brother-in- law, Fr. Paul Tsahakis, who took every step of her final journey to life eternal with her; her loving nephews and their spouses, John Paul Tsahakis and wife Stephanie, Nicholas Tsahakis, James Tsahakis and wife Sara Maude; and her beloved great nephew Paul John Tsahakis.

Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Saturday, May 5, 2018 at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church, 5108 Kuykendall Road in Charlotte.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  Trisagion will be 7:00 PM Friday evening at the church.  The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:30 until 7:00 PM and following the Trisagion.  The family will also receive friends on Saturday beginning at 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral service.

Ana humbly requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ‘Goyans Gone Gray Medical Assistance Fund at St. Nektarios’ to benefit those she faithfully and selflessly served.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Martha Evans

    While I saw Ana only infrequently she made me and my family always feel so welcomed. She made us feel like she was really happy to see us. Besides her Tar Heel pride, what always struck me was Ana's faith and strength of character which I witnessed through her support of my sister's family. Her courage and grace at Yiayia Couchell's funeral was inspirational. Our love goes out to her entire family. She was so proud of her children. May her memory be eternal.

  • Sherry and Dn. Stephen Potter

    Anna was a Great friend, always with a smile on her face and passion in her heart. She cared for so many and many called her friend. Her beautiful spirit will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family as you are going though this time of grief.

    With our love and sympathy

  • Dn Stephen and Sherry Potter

    Anna will be greatly missed. She always had a smile on her face and passion in her heart. She had a beautiful soul that many were drawn to. She was a friend to many and many called her friend. Prayers are lifted for the family durning this time of grief.

    With Our love and sympathy

  • Olga Dizes

    My deepest sympathies to the entire family.
    I had the honour of meeting Ana through my sister in law Pamela Dizes on one of my visits to Charlotte. She always had a beautiful smile and a welcoming embrace.
    When I found out about her illness I prayed for Ana. Now I will pray for her family, that they have the strength to get through this difficult time.
    May the way Ana lived her life be an inspiration to all who knew her. May her memory be eternal . God bless you all and give you strength at this difficult time.
    Olga Dizes

  • Jim and Barbara Copses

    Carolina’s priceless gem...receive all praises thine.

  • Teresa Jacob

    Everlasting be Ana's memory. She is enjoying a much better life with the our Lord and Savior. Her good work on earth granted her the good life above and she shall be known by her fruits.

  • Maria and Tony Pappas

    May her memory be eternal. We were so saddened by the news of her passing.

  • Amy Sass

    As a Deerfield Creek neighbor, I had the joy of seeing Ana at several occasions, and each time she was warm and welcoming. Always asking how I was, how my family was. I liked hearing her stories of growing up in Charlotte and her visits to family in Greece. I am so sorry for your families loss, she was a beautiful person inside and out.

  • Missy Bostater

    My deepest sympathies to your family. May God give you strength to make it through this difficult time.

  • Angela Schellpfeffet

    My heart is so heavy knowing Ana is no longer with us. She was a beautiful person and I loved her very much. She was a never-changing friend. The kind of friend you could call after not seeing her for months or even years and she was always the same. So real. So true. I was there when we started our journies into married life. We had our children at the same time. We had long walks through Beverly crest talking about everything from preschool to rotten wood. I loved her commitment to her church and her faith was beautiful. Ana was always serving people. She had deep compassion for those suffering from sickness and loss. Gosh I learned so much from Ana. The best thing is Ana knew where her soul would rest after her mortal days were done. I know she is with her savior and she was welcomed with open arms. God bless the Sistare family. Please know the Schellpfeffer’s love you all and we are fervently praying for you to find peace in the midst of your grief. ❤️

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