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Mary Galanis Viladenis

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.

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