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Irene Gloria Demoulas

Matriarch of Demoulas/Market Basket Family Dies at 95



Irene Gloria (Psoinos) Demoulas, 95, widow of Telemachus A. (Mike) Demoulas, Supermarket Founder and Philanthropist, passed away peacefully on November 4th at her home surrounded by her children.

Proud of her Greek heritage, Irene was born in Lowell on September 10th, 1925, the daughter of the late George and Gloria (Tsouprakakis) Psoinos and was a lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Lowell.

Married for 54 years, she and her husband established the Demoulas Foundation and the Telemachus and Irene Demoulas Family Charitable Trust, which contributes to many community organizations throughout New England as well as Massachusetts General Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Lowell General Hospital.

Widely admired for her dignity, elegance and grace she was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother of four children, 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

She is survived by Frances Irene Demoulas and her husband Michael Kettenbach of Boston, Glorianne Demoulas and her husband Robert Farnham of North Andover, Arthur T. Demoulas and his wife Maureen Demoulas of Lowell and Caren Demoulas and her husband Joseph Pasquale of Weston; 14 grandchildren, Cara Irene Kettenbach and her husband Josh Nutter, Michael Telemachus Kettenbach and his wife Kelly, Edward Arthur Kettenbach and his wife Katherine, Irene Danielle Callahan and her husband Gregory, Catherine Lee and Robert Telemachus Farnham, Madeline Irene, Telemachus Arthur, Irene Gloria and Mary Catherine Demoulas, Telemachus Andréa, Irene Canella, Joseph Arthur and Danielle Kay Pasquale; 8 great grandchildren, Michael Edward Nutter, Wyatt Telemachus, Catherine Elizabeth and Theodore Tyler Kettenbach and Sophia Irene, Anna Joan, Rose Catherine and Declan James Callahan.

All Services were held privately for the family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL- MA- (978) 458-8768.



Condolences (60)
  • Lorraine Magarian
    Sorry to hear of your loss - hoping your memories of Mrs. Demoulas give you some comfort. Lorraine Magarian A former summer resident of Popponesset Beach
  • Tina Yaskell & Bob Cahee  - Memory Eternal!!
    Dear Demoulas Family: Ours hearts were saddened to learn of your beloved Mother/Matriarch, Irene, finally at rest. May you find comfort in the Love of your family & friends during this time. Believe that she is & will always be with you, watching, guiding & smiling at the legacy she has left behind as she begins her new journey in Heaven. Peace & Love to you all!May her Memory be forever Eternal!
  • Jon and Mary Tamposi
    Our deepest condolences go out to your family at this difficult time.
  • linda strob  - ms
    So sorry for your loss prayers for the family.
  • Renee Mason-Schwarz  - Shopper in Seabrook
    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your families. May her memory be forever in your hearts.
  • Carol Brunck  - My deepest sympathies
    I just want to send prayers to all the Demoulas family, and extended family. I know she was loved very much,and she lived a full life. I also know that loosing a mom is difficult. So I'm sending all my love to all of you.
  • Samuel Facella Jr.  - Deepest Sympathies & Prayers
    To all the Demoulas family you can be certain that the doors to Heaven were wide open to receive such a wonderful lady,mother,grandmother and great-grandmother.May God bless all of your family's for your loss.
  • Nina and Bill Scott  - What a woman
    Dear Glorianne, Bobby, Irene, Catherine, and Bobby, We send you heartfelt sympathy. What can we say? Yaya was spectacular. Love to all of you - Nina and Bill
  • Jim & Jean Vitas  - Our deepest condolences
    Dear Fran, Mike and family, Jim and I are so sorry for your great loss. Our deepest condolences to you Fran and your family. The memories you have shared will forever be with you. May she rest in peace. Deepest Sympathy.
  • Fred Bourget  - To Arthur and family
    Our sympathies and prayers go out to you and your family for the loss of your mother. Fred & Dianne Bourget
  • Mark and Paula Tsiatsios Pierc
    Deepest condolences to the Demoulas family for the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother . May her memory the eternal .
  • Lynda and Elaine Economou  - Sympathy Extended
    Our deepest condolences to all members of the Demoulas family. I remember well my mother talking of her when we went to the Hellenic School as her children were also in school. May you Rest In Peace
  • Joan Casey DAmbra  - Sincere Condolences
    To the Demoulas family, I am so sorry for your loss. I grew up close to you on Remington Street before we moved away. When my father passed away in 1977 your mother took the time to come to his wake even though we had moved away 10 years earlier. She told my mother (with 5 young children) if there was anything she needed to call her. She was an amazing woman I’m praying for you sincerely Joan Casey DAmbra
  • Ken and Claire Kessaris
    To the Demoulas Family. Our sincere condolences and sympathy on the loss of such a great woman.
  • Mrs. Margaret Hamilton  - Margaret Hamilton, retired Cashier #30
    Please accept my families deepest condolences at the passing of your dear Mother. A life well lived. We have been the recipient of her philanthropy through her donations to many of the area hospitals. Generous sharing of God's grace has helped countless people. May you smile each time you think of her as an angel on earth.
  • Arthur and Regina Dabilis, Che  -  Dear Demoulas Family--Our Sincerest Condolences
    Over the years we had occasion to meet Irene at various functions, etc., and were always impressed with how remarkably kind and personable she was. She exuded class at all times, and was always easy to speak with, no matter what the venue . She was always kind, caring, and and genuinely interested in how we were doing. In sum, she is quite irreplaceable, and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. Above all, she was a fine human being, and we will never forget her. May her memory be ever eternal.
  • Andy Fella
    My family and i would like to express our deepest sympathies to the entire Demoulas family for your loss. We all lost an original member, a pioneer, an icon of our Greek heritage. I had the pleasure of meeting her in Lowell store 1 during my 38 years working for the family .May her memory be eternal. Andy Fella and family.
  • Diana Chigas and George Antoni  - Condolences and love
    Who could not be touched by Aunt Irene's kind and loving smile? It is a huge loss for the whole family, and our hearts go out to you -- but also hopeful in that her kindness, warmth and love lives in all of the family, so her memory will indeed be eternal. Much love from the Antoniadis family.
  • Diana Chigas and George Antoni
    Who could not be touched by Aunt Irene's kind and loving smile? It is a huge loss for the whole family, and our hearts go out to you -- but also hopeful in that her kindness, warmth and love lives in all of the family, so her memory will indeed be eternal. Much love from the Antoniadis family.
  • Debbie Reed
    Artie, Maureen and Family, My sincere condolences for your family during this difficult time. May god bless you with wonderful memories of an amazing woman.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater S
    On behalf of our staff, board of directors and children of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, NH we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Demoulas family at the passing of your beloved mother. For many years, your mom showed her love and compassion for the welfare of children through her generosity. We truly appreciate all the support we have receive through the Demoulas Foundation. Mrs. Demoulas impact on the youth in our community is immeasurable. May she rest in peace.
  • Michael Obrien/Remington Stree  - " A Quite Day "
    Sending Good Thoughts and Heartfelt Prayers to The Demoulas Family. Reflecting on the wonderful memories of Mrs. Demoulas and the Graceful Lady all who knew Her. My condolences.
  • Paul Bologna  - Alliance Sales and Marketing
    We send our condolences To your entire family during your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
  • Amy Kaplan  - Dear Caren
    It is with great sadness that I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. She was a wonderful, caring and classy woman…who made everyone feel welcome in her home. May cherished memories of her console you now and bring you strength for years to come. You, your sisters and brother are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs, Amy
  • Prime Roofing Corp William Sep
    from all of us here at Prime Roofing who have worked for the Demoulas family we extend our deepest sympathies for your recent lost.
  • joanne & bob hatem  - heartfelt condolences'
    the Hatem family's thoughts and prayers are with the Matriach of the DeMoulas family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Rest in peace Irene Demoulas.
  • Frank Laratonda  - prayers
    to Arthur and Family... MY sympathies and Prayers go out to you and all of your family for the loss of your mom...GOD BLESS !
  • Amy Kaplan  - Dear Caren,
    It is with great sadness that I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of your Mom. She was a wonderful, caring and classy woman…who made everyone feel welcome in her home. May cherished memories of her console you now and bring you strength for years to come. You, your sisters and brother are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs, Amy
  • George & Danielle Tsouprakos
    Me and my wife would like to send are condolences to the Demoulas family.
  • Maria (Alexion) Economou
    Dear Family~~ Our sincere sympathy on the passing away of your beloved Irene~ May she rest in our Lord's heavenly kingdom where there is no pain, suffering nor sorrow but life everlasting~ May her memory be eternal and may our Lord grant you peace, consolation and love especially during this difficult time~ With heartfelt and deepest condolences always~ John & Maria Economou
  • Steve and Christine Panagiotak  - Grace and Kindness
    We want to extend to all of Mrs. Demoulas' family our sincerest sympathies on her passing. She was a consistent source of Grace and Kindness to her family, friends and community. May that Grace and Kindness that she so liberally shared with others, comfort, motivate and encourage all who were blessed to receive it for the days and years to come. May her Memory be forever eternal.
  • Patricia Blouin
    I wish to express my deepest sympathy to the whole Demoulas family in the loss of your wonderful family matriarch. Such a kind and friendly woman who gave so much. Hold tight to the memories as they are yours to keep.
  • Patricia Cole
    ..Such a beautiful and inspirational lady always..Sending heartfelt condolences,special love and prayer to all in the family at this very sad time...
  • Bob Winsor’s family  - Condolence
    We. Extend our sympathy to your family may the Lord give you comfort and peace.
  • Bob Winsor’s family
    To the Demoulas Family, WeAreSo Sorry For Your loss.MY THE LORD GIVE YOU COMFORT and PEACE.
  • Katharine Blatus Maille
    To all the Family With our Deepest Sympathy Auntie Irene was a sweetheart she always kept in touch with our parents such a beautiful lady may she Rest In Peace may her memory be eternal lots of love to all of you ❤️
  • Dorothy Emanouil Howcroft
    Deepest sympathy to the Demoulas family on the loss of such a wonderful lady.. I met her many years ago and have such fond memories of her kind and gentle personality. She was a very lovely lady. May her memory be eternal.
  • Deborah Canning Matthew's  - So blessed to have met you
    I am so saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs Demoulous. MRS Demoulous was a customer of mine at my Baby Boutique in Reading.She would enjoy spending time shopping in the Boutique, and I enjoyed her joy as she shopped around admiring and choosing the perfect gift. I would always ask my brother George how she was doing, and thought of her often. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. God sure did call home a wonderful, beautiful angel, she will certainly never be forgotten.
  • Karen Vilandry  - Condolences from Store 65
    Dear Arthur T. Demoulas and family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family over the loss of your beloved mother. Remember all the good times with her to sustain you through such a difficult time. Warmest Regards.
  • David brothers  - My condolences
    I’m sincerely sorry for the loss of mrs demoulas. My heart go’s out to the whole demoulas family. May you all find closure in your hearts. May she Rest In Peace.
  • James Karvounis  - Condolences
    We wish to express our condolences to the Demoulas Family on the passing of Irene. She and Mike were friends of my father Constantinos. Mike and my dad had been members of the Order of Ahepa. God rest her soul.
  • Gail Zaharoolis  - Demoulas Family
    So sorry to hear the loss of your beloved mom. May she rest in eternal peace
  • Cindy and Michael Farnham  - So sorry for your families loss
    Dear Glorianne and family, We were saddened to hear of the loss of your Mother. Words are sometimes not enough to help with the feelings of losing a parent, but I only hope you will know they are delivered with the kindness that you showed our family. We can only imagine that the kind way you treated our mother in the end of her life, was a reflection of the mother that you had. I'm sure she will be missed. Our love and thoughts are with you. Cindy and Michael
  • Doreen(Farnham)and Mark Glowik  - Our deepest sympathy
    Dear Glorianne, Mark and I are so sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. Please know you are in our thoughts and hearts. Love, Doreen and Mark
  • Edward Caulfield and Family  - Condolence For The Demoulas Family
    May The Good Lord Hold Irene Demoulas In The Palm Of His Hand And May Her Memory Be Eternal. The Caulfield Family.
  • Mary Ann Richards  - Formerly of Remington St.
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful mother. May her memory be Eternal. Mary Ann Richards
  • Isaiah Capps
    Sorry for your loss I hope your doing well Isaiah Capps
  • Maribeth Canning
    I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Demoulas on two occasions. Like everyone else, I was immediately taken with her. Her enthusiasm for life, kindness and concern for others was evident in the time she spent with us. Mrs. Demoulas’ values and spirituality live on in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I experience her beautiful legacy in her daughter, Glorianne whose love and devotion to her mother was constant. I pray that the Demoulas family will all be comforted by the strength and love of their family and friends.
  • Dennis and Lisa LaBatte  - Thinking of your Family
    Dennis and I send our deepest sympathies to all of the Demoulas Family. What a legacy this wonderful lady leaves. Embrace the memories and love that she showered on all of you. Dennis and Lisa LaBatte Rochester NH
  • Gerald Nye  - So Sorry to hear
    Just wanted to send a note saying how sorry I was to hear of Mrs. DeMoulas's passing. I used to clean carpets at Anton's and everytime we would to her house she would always ask if we wanted coffee or wanted to stop and eat some lunch. And her Husband at Xmas would always give us a tip. I will say a prayer tonight for her.
  • Deb & Bruno Parlatore  - Our deepest sympathies
    To the Demoulas family, Our love, hearts & prayers go out to you all.
  • Charlie Backus
    I wish to send my sincere condolences to the Demoulas family at the passing of your beloved mother. Your family has always shone compassion and kindness to all your employees and customers at Market Basket, and I pray this good Karma will now be returned to you to comfort you during this sad event. I am a devoted customer and when I lived in Groton, Ma I supported Arthur by precipitating in the boycott during the time he struggled with the board to regain his rightful place as head of the business. Now that I live in Old Orchard Beach, Maine I still delight in shopping at Market Basket in Biddeford. Your stores are simply the best and your staff as well. God bless you and keep you safe and strong! Charlie B. O.O.B. Me.
  • Sam Dagher
    My condolences to the Demoulas family on their big loss.Irene came always to Andover Gulf with her lovely daughter Gloria and she always had that big smile.God rest her in peace
  • Rosemarie
    So very sorry for your loss
  • Jean Melvin
    So sorry for your loss. I never met her but my dad James Melvin used to fill the greeting cards in Tewksbury store and she would always say hi to him. He really liked her and he had me print out my family recipes for her. She was always so good to my dad, giving him gift cards and taking time to talk to him. She was a sweet person he said. I am sure they will meet in heaven and bake the recipes up there or she will bake and my dad enjoy her baking :)
  • Diane Demoulas
    My deepest sympathies to all of you... I am so sorry for your loss
  • Peter Ntapalis And Family  - A Wonderful Woman
    The family of Peter Ntapalis wish to express our deepest sympathies to Irene's family. We always remember when we were in our deepest sorrow at the loss of our family member, Irene came to visit us and to comfort us. May Irene rest in peace with all the angels and saints. Amen Love from all of us. Peter and family
  • DrJohn&Betty Eliopoulos
    Betty,I and my family wish to express our condolences Your mother was a wonderful lady and reminded me so much of my mother Adiamandia ,Matriach of the Eliopoulos family. "May her memory be eternal"
  • Rev. Nicholas & Patricia Petro  - A Sweetheart
    Dear Demoulas Family, We would like to express our deepest sympathies at the death of 'Aunt Irene'. When we think of her we always see the sweetest, most loving and caring lady. May our Lord God give all of you peace and comfort. May her memory be eternal. +++++ Father Nick
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Tsouprakos an
    We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
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