Michael L. “Mr. Sok” Sokolowski
1940 – 2014
Michael L. “Mr. Sok” Sokolowski, 73, of Nashua, N.H., teacher of English and Dramatic Arts for forty years at Lowell High School and two years at Spring Street Junior High School in Nashua, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer July 19, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Julia (Papadimitriou) Sokolowski with whom he celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on April 28th of this year.
He was born on November 16, 1940 in Plainfield, Connecticut where his father ran the town’s movie theater. Eventually, his family moved to Lowell, Massachusetts when Edward Sr., his father, accepted an offer to manage the Capitol and Royal Theaters as well as the Park and Colonial Theaters in Nashua. Michael often proudly remarked that he was born on the balconies of the theaters and that the movies were his neighborhood.
Growing up in Lowell, Michael attended the Dover St. School, Morey School and Bartlett Junior High. He graduated from Lowell High School in 1958 and from Merrimack College in 1963 where he majored in English and Philosophy. His educational background included courses taken at Harvard Extension and Emerson College.
Fondly known as Mr. Sok, Michael was highly regarded by his students because he not only stressed the basics but also engaged them on a personal level. His skill in reaching out to his students rested, as one student put it, on his “gift of talk”.
As a Drama Teacher, he, along with Doug Townsend, Musical Director, brought Broadway to Lowell.
Michael frequently quoted Larry Bird’s concept of success – “you’ve got to take it to another level”. Mr. Sok did just that.
In addition to his wife Julia, Michael is survived by two sisters-in-law and their husbands; his brother Edward W. Sokolowski, Jr. and his wife Carol; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Wednesday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at the Holy Trinity Parish, 340 High Street in Lowell at 11 o’clock. Burial to follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua. E-condolences/directions at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. For comments of appreciation of a former student, please visit www.hgazette.com’s Mike Veves’ Every kid needs his own Mr. Sok . Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Xanthe “Pat” Mangiavas
Xanthe (Patsourakos) Mangiavas, a lifelong resident of Lowell, passed away on July 16, 2014 at Lowell General Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late George R. Mangiavas.
Pat, as she was known to family and friends, was born on March 3, 1920 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Peter K. and the late Demetroula (Troubataris) Patsourakos. She attended Lowell schools, graduated from Lowell High School and went on to Lowell General Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1941 with her R.N. degree. She furthered her education at Cornell New York Medical Center specializing in Surgical Nursing, and then returned to Lowell General Hospital where she was in charge of the Surgical Nursing Unit.
She was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, a member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society, Daughters of Penelope, past President of the PTA of the Hellenic American School, on the board of the Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society, and a member of the Lowell General Hospital Nurses Alumni. She was also a member of the Merrimack Repertory Theater, the Whistler House Museum, Brush with History, the Lowell Garden Club and several other civic organizations.
Xanthe is survived by two daughters, Diedra Mangiavas Wolfe and Pamela Mangiavas, a son, Richard Mangiavas and his wife, Sinceree. She is also survived by a sister, Frances Patsourakos, two brothers, Charles P. Patsourakos and his wife, Lillian and George P. Patsourakos and his wife, Elaine, a sister-in-law, Beverly Patsourakos, three special cousins, George Scagos, Cynthia Natsios, William Scagos and his wife, Barbara, many nieces and nephews, as well as many great nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her two sisters, Mary Patsourakos, and Anne Hatziolos, two brothers, James P. Patsourakos, and Attorney Vasillios P. Patsourakos, a sister-in-law Emelia (Saxonis) Patsourakos, a brother-in-law, Dr. Basil Hatziolos, and a son-in-law, Attorney Herbert S. Wolfe.
There will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Saturday morning July 19, 2014 at 10 o’clock at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, 62 Lewis St. in Lowell. Burial will follow at Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at odonnellfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her name to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity Restoration Fund,
62 Lewis St. Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Allan A. Kanteles
U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, of Lowell, 67
Allan A. Kanteles, 67, of Lowell, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, died Tuesday, July 8th at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 22, 1947, a son of the late Arthur and the late H. Eileen (Slatter) Kanteles, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1965.
A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Allan proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Air Medal with Second Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with V Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with V Device and First, Second and Third Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device and the Vietnam Service Medal with Five Bronze Service Stars.
Before retiring, Allan was co-owner of K’s Variety Store in Lowell.
Among his many enjoyments, he was an avid sports fan.
Allan is survived by three brothers Charles Kanteles and his companion Elizabeth Bunker and their son Geoffrey Kanteles all of Bernardston, MA, Christos Kanteles of Pelham, NH and his children Justin Kanteles of Derry, NH and Travis Kanteles, Gregory Kanteles and Mary Kanteles all of Pelham, NH and John Kanteles of Lowell, MA; a sister Diane Teale and her husband Peter and their son Gary Teale all of Cheltenham, England; and many relatives in England and Australia.
He was also uncle of the late Leslie Allinson.
Private Funeral Services were held at the convenience of the family. E-condolences at www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866) 458-8768.
John M. Samaras
Former bar manager Windsor Mills Restaurant, Dracut
John M Samaras, 75, passed away Thursday July 3, 2014 at Northwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lowell after a lengthy illness.
He was the beloved brother of Kathy Demaras of Tyngsboro, who survives him.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 26, 1939, the son of the late Stacy and the late Anna (Spyropoulos) Samaras, he attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1957. He went on to attend Lowell Technological Institute and Bentley College.
Prior to his retirement, John was an Assessor for the City of Lowell for several years. Previously, he worked as the Bar Manager for the former Windsor Mills Restaurant in Dracut for over 25 years.
John was also a former member of Longmeadow Golf Club and the Greek American Legion.
In addition to his sister Kathy, he is survived by his aunts Carol S. Kostopulos of Saugus, Helen Samaras of Lynn, Esther Anton of Salem, Bessie Samaras (Henry) of Lowell and also Bessie Samaras (Thomas) of Lowell; and several close devoted cousins and friends.
He was also the brother-in-law of the late G. Michael Demaras.
Private Funeral Services were held at the convenience of the family. E-condolences at odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – (978 or 866) 458-8768.