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 odonnellfuneralhome.com. 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.