“Rita” Nahatis, 81, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, sister of the of
Christos G. Nahatis and the late Michael G. Nahatis both of
Manchester-by-the-Sea, died Wednesday afternoon August 4, 2010,
peacefully in her cherished home.
in Beverly on May 10, 1929, she was the daughter of the late
Constantine and Johanna (Alexopoulos) Nahatis. She was a
life-long resident of Manchester by-the-Sea. Miss Nahatis was a
graduate of Manchester’s Story High School Class of 1947, and
completed certification programs for hair styling at Mansfield
Beauty Academy and for secretarial skills at Bryant & Stratton
Commercial School, both in Boston.
was employed at Filene’s state of the art beauty salon in the
flagship store in Boston as a hair stylist. She transferred to
newly opened store at Northshore Shopping Center in 1957, where
she worked for over 30 years, advancing to the position of
executive assistant to the store’s general manager. She built a
legacy of outstanding customer service and formed a life-long
friendship with the other charter employees in the Finoshor's
(Filene’s North Shore) Club. Miss Nahatis also worked for Parker
Brothers and Kaiser Systems, Inc. as a receptionist. She was an
active member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek
Orthodox Church of Ipswich, serving as a Sunday school teacher
and a member of the Melissa Society. She was a charter member of
the Pi Epsilon Sigma, a charitable, fraternal and social
organization in Manchester, serving a term as its President.
Miss Nahatis enjoyed gardening, her unparalleled view of
picturesque Manchester harbor, the New England Patriots, driving
the scenic route- whether up the coast to New Hampshire or down
the eastern seaboard to Florida, and traveling to Greece to
visit many relatives and her family’s village of Langadia. She
was extremely proud of her Hellenic heritage. Her true passion
was reserved for her family, as a loving, dedicated care-giver
to her mother and aunts, as a devoted sister, as a friend and
co-conspirator with her cousins, and as an aunt and godmother
who both supported and celebrated the accomplishments of her
nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
Surviving her in addition to her brother Chris are her sisters
in-law Alice M. (Mrs. Christos G.) Nahatis and Helen C. (Mrs.
Michael G.) Nahatis, nephew Charles G. Nahatis and his wife
Stella, nieces Stephanie Senecal and her husband Daniel, and
Christina Nahatis Barrett all of Manchester by-the-Sea, nephew
Arthur C. Nahatis of Midlothian, TX, niece Johanna Kadra and her
husband Malcolm of Hamilton, nephews Alexander M. Nahatis and
his wife Lisa of Danvers, Dean M. Nahatis of Maple Shade, NJ,
Harry M. Nahatis of Brookline, her cousin Nena Vasilas of
Athens, Greece, and many beloved cousins, grand-nieces,
grand-nephews, and godchildren.
funeral service will be held Saturday August 7, 2010 at 10 am in
the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 6
Lafayette Road, Ipswich. Family and friends are invited to
attend. At Zoe’s request, there will be no visiting hours.
Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Manchester by-the-Sea.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
may be made to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox
Church, P.O. Box 6, Ipswich, MA 01938.