Effie G. Vassilakos Print E-mail

Effie G. Vassilakos

Beloved mother, grandmother and sister;
 Effie G. (Koukias) Vassilakos, 86, of Lowell, died peacefully Tuesday November 24, 2015, at the Atrium in Chelmsford after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife for over 50 years of the late Gregory H. Vassilakos who died June 1, 2006.
 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 29, 1929, the daughter of the late Stefanos and the late Gladys (Hulslander) Koukias, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School.
 Effie was a longtime member of the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church.
 Prior to her retirement, Effie was the Manager of laundry services at Lowell General Hospital for many years.
 Effie enjoyed baking, gardening, spending time walking outdoors in her free time but was most happy when she was with her children and grandchildren.
 She is survived by two daughters Mary Ann Olivera and her husband Anthony of Twentynine Palms, CA and Valerie Arsenault of Lowell; two sons Harry S. Vassilakos and his wife Kathleen of Lowell and Stephen G. Vassilakos of Paris, France; a granddaughter Alexandra G. Vassilakos of Lowell; a grandson Gregory L. Arsenault of  Lowell;  two sisters Helen Koumpouras of Lowell and Carol Wilkins of Dunstable; a brother John Koukias of Lowell; a sister-in-law Terry Koukias of Bradford; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and John Lelos of Lowell; and many nieces and nephews.
 Effie was the sister of the late Mary Vasilopoulos and the late Evanthea DeMoulas, the late Alexander Koukias and the late Charles Koukias.
 Private Funeral Services were held for the family. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund MA, 34 Washington St., # 300, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or www.curealz.org. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978 OR 866) 458-8768.
Condolences (5)
  • Eugene Picard  - To the Koukias/Vassilakos families
    I'm sorry for your loss. I just came across this in the paper a little late due to the passing of my mom (Eve Gekas) in late October. Mom and I used to have breakfast at Dunkin Donuts in Tyngsboro with her and Greg which we enjoyed talking about old days back in Lowell. Mom and Effie would talk about when they were younger and Greg and I would talk about guy stuff and B-24's. Those were nice memories and we were sad when we lost touch after Gregs passing. It's those nice times we remember to get us thru these sad times.
  • Polly Belanger  - to all the Vassilakos family.
    Aunt Effie was a wonderful woman and will be missed by so many people. She had a beautiful family, everyone was always so good to us. We visited Aunt Effie many times, she always had some fantastic baked goods for all. My father-in-law Nick always went down to visit his brother Greg and Effie made sure we all had something to snack on. Many wonderful memories of the whole family. Effie was such a good listener and talker and so wise,and I enjoyed our many conversations. The family has always been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. Love, Polly
  • Ernie Descheneaux  - Sorry for your loss
    Hello to all of you. I am sorry for your loss. Your mother was always pleasant with all my encounters with her when I was younger. I know the last few years have been a struggle for you trying to balance the memories of your mother and the realities of the situation in her later years. I know that struggle too. I have my prayers and best thoughts going your way. Love Ernie
  • Lewis & Niki Demetroulakos  - May her Memory forever be Eternal
    To Effie's family and friends both my wife and I want to extend our condolences. I grew up with the Koukias family many years ago an I might add that they were cherished years. I always remember Effie with her constant smile and gracious hello.
  • Wanda (Belanger) Dunn  - To all my cousins
    So sorry for the loss of Auntie Effie. I have so many good memories of her and Uncle Greg. They were always so kind, loving, and caring just like my grandfather, Nick. Whenever we were in the area, we would visit and my brother and I would be able to hang out with our cousins. They were always so nice to us and we had fun times. Then when I had children, I would visit Auntie Effie and Uncle Greg, having coffee, and the kids loved that Uncle Greg would go out and get them munchkins. I will always remember that Auntie Effie would bake something whenever we visited. She was also a great listener. I will never forget such two wonderful people. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family. Love, Wanda
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