Rita (Lelos) Villaras Print E-mail

Rita (Lelos) Villaras

   Rita (Lelos) Villaras passed away Friday March 15, 2019 with her beloved daughter at her side. She was the beloved wife of George E. Villaras who died on September 4, 1977.  She was born in Lowell Ma, Daughter of the late Demetrios Lelos and the late Malamati Dinas. 
  She Attended Lowell Schools.  In the 1960's she studied at the Lowell Academy of Hair and worked in the hair industry up until the sudden death of her husband.  Afterward she received her certification at UMASS Medical in Worcester and became Supervisor/Coordinator of the Central Sterilization Department at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Lowell, where she worked up until her retirement.
   A lover of all things to do with the ocean she spent time in Boothbay Harbor and Ogunquit Maine.  She took pride in her home and cooking for everyone.  She held court on the front porch on summer days where the neighbors loved to gather to enjoy many "Ritaisms."  
 Rita leaves behind her loving daughter Melanie Villaras, her grandson Jay Starke and Jennifer Smith, her great-grandson Jason Starke, her dear brother John Lelos, her sister Amelia Stys, and her sister in law Maureen Villaras.
 She was also the mother of the late Anastasia "Stacy" Starke and the late Joseph Edward Villaras.  She was pre-deceased by her sisters Panagiota Nikolis and Athena Mileon and brother in law Byron Villaras and Irene Lelos.
 Rita's daughter would like to thank the compassionate staff of Palm Manor C-Wing, for their loving care and embracing us like family.  Rita kept us laughing.
 In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral Services were held privately for her family. Burial took place at Westlawn Cemetery. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 62 Lewis St, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (4)
  • Mary Gail MacMaster Jaggers  - Mel, I am very sorry.
    Your Mom was a beautiful lady who raised a beautiful daughter. I am very, very sorry.
  • Frances Anastopoulos Gordon  - Sorry for your loss
    Melanie, Sorry to hear about your mom. I remember coming to your house when we were at the Greek school. She was always so nice...I lost my mom a couple of years ago, I know how difficult it is for you. My condolences to you.
  • Norma Maille
    Melanie, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing . She was quite a lady, and was so well liked. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul. With my sincere sympathy, Norma Maille. West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Margie & Glenn Mello
    Dear Melanie and Family Deepest Sympathy in the loss of one special lady . Always a smile on her face and a story to be told. Those whom were lucky enough to cross her path are the ones that are truly blessed. May the memories of times shared help to get you through this sad time. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
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