Stella L. Couris Print E-mail

Stella L. Couris

Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend;

Stella L. (Stamas) Couris, 84, of San Diego, California, formerly of Lowell, died Monday, December 14, 2020 at St. Paul’s Villa in San Diego, CA after a long illness.

She was the loving wife of the late Theodore E. Couris, who died April 22, 2018.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, January 1, 1936, a daughter of the late Leonidas and the late Esther (Kostalakos) Stamatakakos, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School. She went on to attend Merrimack College.

Prior to her marriage, she worked for Uhl Associates.  Later she was a homemaker until returning to the workforce as a legal secretary in the Ulster County (NY) Public Defender's Office.

Stella and her husband lived in Kingston, New York for over 30 years and were quite active in the community. She was a past President of the PTA at Myer Elementary School in Hurley, NY and was a past President of the former Home for the Aged in Ulster County.   In addition, she served as the President of the Philoptochos Society of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Kingston, NY.

She is survived by her son Michael T. Couris MD and his wife Erika (Paraskevopoulos) Couris of La Jolla, CA, a granddaughter Katelyn Couris of La Jolla; two grandsons Theodore Couris of La Jolla, CA and Matthew Couris of Hawthorne, NJ; a brother Harry Stamas and his wife Christine of Tyngsboro; a brother James and his wife Ann of Lowell, and several nieces and nephews.

Stella was also the sister of the late George Stamas, her twin, and the late Peter Stamas. Her son Matthew George predeceased her.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be celebrated Saturday morning December 19, 2020 at the TRANSFIGURATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by burial in the Westlawn II Cemetery. E-condolences at

. Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Fr. John Sarantos Way, Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME - LOWELL- MA – 978-458-8768.

Condolences (2)
  • Jordan Donahue
    I'm saddened to hear of Mrs. Couris passing. The Couris family were close friends of my family as we lived on the same street in the 1970's. They were always gracious and a joy to be around. My sincerest condolences.
  • Joan and George Tsoukalas
    Dear Harry and Family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Stella. We so fondly remember all the years we sang in the choir with both Stella and Ted, a beautiful couple. May their memories be eternal. Joan and George Tsoukalas
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