Mary Galanis Viladenis, 90, wife of
the late Philip P. Viladenis, died peacefully on July 23, 2012
surrounded by family at the Seaview Retreat in Rowley, where she has
resided for the last eight years. The daughter of the late Peter
Louis and Angela (Georges) Galanis, she was born in Ipswich on July
28, 1921, the youngest of seventeen children. Of those, ten
predeceased her in the United States: Fotini Galanis Efstathiou,
Sophie Galanis Lagos, Louis Galanis, James Galanis, George Galanis,
Stanley Galanis, Ethel Galanis Markos, Bessie Galanis Haserlat and
Helen Galanis Capers.
Until illness caused her to move to
Rowley, Mary was a lifelong resident of Ipswich and a lifelong
member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church,
where she was also a member of the Melissa Society. Mary was also a
member of the Ipswich Council on Aging, and enjoyed participating in
the variety of the activities offered, particularly trips to
Foxwoods. An avid sports fan, Mary was a die-hard Boston Red Sox
fan, and she absolutely loved to bowl, having been in many bowling
leagues throughout her life. She also enjoyed music and dancing.
Known for her great sense of humor, Mary was a gregarious woman who
was proud of her family, her community and her Greek heritage.
Mary is survived by three loving
daughters and their spouses: Ann M. (Kiki) Papagiotas and her
spouse Sturgis of Ipswich, Patricia J. Gustavson and her spouse
Robert of Stuart, FL, and P. Jayne Viladenis and her spouse Pamela
Beaudoin of Newburyport; five adored grandchildren, Erik D.
Gustavson and his spouse Michelle of Brentwood, CA, Stephen S.
Papagiotas of Atlanta, GA, Mark R. Gustavson and his spouse Allison
of Beverly, Cori J. Stevens and her spouse Glenn of S. Hamilton,
Callie T. Rotsko of NY, NY; five great-grandchildren, Sean, Rowan
and Leif Gustavson all of CA, Sonia and Matthew Gustavson both of
Beverly and many nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be held Monday, July
30, 2012 at 9 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High
Street, Ipswich, followed by a Funeral Service at 10 am in the
Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 8 Lafayette
St., Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting
hours are Sunday 4 to 8 pm. Interment will be in the Cowles Memorial
Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be
made to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox, P.O. Box
6, Ipswich, MA 01938.