Filitsa V. Chigas Print E-mail

Filitsa V. Chigas


Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt;


Filitsa V. (Papathanasiou) Chigas, 82, of Chelmsford, passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

 She was the beloved wife of the late Vess Chigas, who died in 1989.

 Born on May 24, 1933 in Argos Orestikon, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Michael and the late Sevasti (Tsolaki) Papathanasiou.

 Moving to Thessaloniki, Greece as a teen to escape the fighting of the Greek civil war, she graduated at the top of her class from both the 1st Gymnasion of Thessaloniki and Paedagogiki Academia of Thessaloniki. Following her university studies, she taught at the prestigious “Scoli Schina,” the first private school established in Thessaloniki during the Turkish occupation.

 In 1958, she was introduced to Vess while he was vacationing in Greece. They married in 1960, ultimately settling in Chelmsford.

 Filitsa devoted her life to her family, friends and community, serving on the board of the Lowell General Auxiliary, as a Corporator of Lowell General Hospital, and on the Board of Directors of the House of Hope Homeless Shelter in Lowell.

 Her many interests included travelling, classical music, gardening and other creative activities. She was passionate about issues of children’s welfare.

 Filitsa is survived by her children, Diana Chigas and her husband George Antoniadis of Belmont, MA and Daphne Bogert and her husband Jonathan of Wallingford, PA, two grandchildren Anna G. Antoniadis and Charles V. Bogert, her brother, Dr. Andreas Papathanasiou and his wife Niki of Thessaloniki, Greece, brother-in-law Dr. William Chigas and his wife Margaret of Wells, ME, and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Friday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY in Lowell at 10 o’clock. The burial will be private. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the House of Hope, 812  Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 01854 or the Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, c/o Philanthropy Office, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME in LOWELL – (978 or 866) 458-8768.


Condolences (3)
  • Gene Reppucci  - Snior Vice President (retired), Northeastern Unive
    Dear Chigas Family: I knew Vess since the early 1960's while I was on the staff at Northeastern University & visited him several times at Microwave Associates. He was an outstanding individual and a loyal alumnus and volunteer. He and Mrs. Chigas (Filitsa) welcomed me to their home (before you were born, I think) and were always most hospitable. Please accept my condolences and know of my high regard for the Chigas Family Gene Reppucci
  • Matthew and Mary Mulkern
    Diana and Daphne, your mother was a very strong, independent, determined, and capable woman. She was very special to me, Mary and our children and I'm extremely grateful for the visit I was able to recently have with her. May her spirt live on in you and your families! Matthew Mulkern, Jr.
  • Dr. Charles and Stella Mitsako  - May her memory be eteral!
    Fillitsa was indeed a very special person who touched the lives of countless individuals. Stella enjoyed knowing her and working as her interior designer. The Greeks, who have words for everything, have a special prayer for a tome such as this: May the memory of our dearly departed Fillitsa, who is worthy of blessedness and eternal memory, be with us now and forever and ever. May her memory be eternal! Dr. Charles and Stella Mitsakos
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