Matina Chimpoukchis, an East Hampton native and a 60-year resident of Montauk, died of congestive heart failure on Feb. 5 at Southampton Hospital. She was 84.
A lifelong homemaker, Mrs. Chimpoukchis, who went by Tina, was born on Dec. 11, 1929, to Spyros Stavropoulos and the former Ange Tsavala. On Nov. 28, 1957, soon after graduating from Bridgehampton High School, she married Peter Chimpoukchis. In the early months of their marriage they moved to Montauk, where their two children grew up and where they owned and ran Salivar’s restaurant.
In 2007, the family celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the restaurant, which closed in 2011. Though her husband oversaw the bulk of the business, Mrs. Chimpoukchis was often there.
“People would go into Salivar’s just to hear her laugh,” said her daughter Renée Tavoularis. “Her laugh was contagious. She always made people feel very welcome.”
Mrs. Chimpoukchis loved shopping, hosting dinners, and festive family gatherings, said Ms. Tavoularis.
In addition to Ms. Tavoularis, who lives in New York City, she leaves another daughter, Angela Lilley of Leesburg, Va., and a brother, William Stavropoulos of Midland, Mich., and Naples, Fla. She is also survived by six grandchildren, two nieces, and a nephew.
Visiting hours were held Friday at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton. A funeral service followed on Saturday at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons. The family has suggested memorial donations for the church, at 111 St. Andrew’s Road, Southampton 11968.