Evangeline P. Laganas Print E-mail




Evangeline P. Laganas 

Beloved mother and grandmother;


Evangeline P. (Midouhas) Laganas, 86, of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Scranton, PA, passed away Monday, December 25th, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the wife of the late Peter C. Laganas and daughter-in-law of the late Christos P. Laganas, a well-known Lowell shoe manufacturer.

Born in Scranton, PA, Evangeline was the daughter of the late Peter and the late Elizabeth (Paskalis) Midouhas. She was a devout and longtime member of several Greek Orthodox churches, including the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Newburyport, MA and St. Nicholas in Lexington, MA.

A well-educated woman, Evangeline received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. She continued her educational journey and earned two master's degrees, one in Fine Arts and another in Music from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 

In addition, Evangeline completed all course work and credits for her doctorate.

A longtime Art teacher at Newburyport High School, she was best-known as "Mrs. Laganas" and taught several generations of Newburyport students. Her students considered the art room a sanctuary, and everyone was welcome. She prided herself on sharing the arts with young people, offering a listening ear, and maintaining a haven for creative souls. She also taught in the school system at Bethpage, Long Island, NY.

Mrs. Laganas was especially proud of serving as a teacher, following WWII, for the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe. Stationed in France and Germany, she taught art and music to children of military personnel stationed overseas.

Evangeline had many interests in her life but what brought her the most joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her son Christos P. Laganas and his wife Stacey of Hampton, NH and her daughter Audrey Laganas Jenkins and her husband David C. of Arlington, MA; four grandchildren David J. Jenkins, Peter D. Jenkins, Nikolas Laganas and Elisabeth Laganas; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her wake Saturday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY, 62 Lewis St. in Lowell from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. followed by her funeral service at the church at 11 o’clock. Burial is private.

E-condolences/directions at 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 Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978)-458-8768


Condolences (9)
  • The Gonsalves Family  - To the Laganas Family
    I am sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. In reading about her, she clearly was an amazing woman who touched many lives. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family.
  • The Messman Family
    Chris and family, May your memories give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. With Heartfelt Condolences, The Messman Family
  • Deborah (Harris) Wood  - Special Person
    Sending your family my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.Mrs. Laganis was not only an amazing teacher,she was an amazing person.She made a difference in so many student lives.How fortunate was I to have been one of them.
  • Sharon (Higgins) Dunning
    I am so sorry for your great loss. I was a student of hers at Newburyport High and remember her fondly. She had compassion for every student no matter their artistic talent as well as the patience of a Saint. She surly touched the lives of many and will be remembered by many.
  • Kristen Thayer  - My favorite art teacher ever!
    I had the pleasure of being an art student of Mrs. Laganas at Newburyport High School in 1988. She was an angel on earth!
  • Samantha Castro  - A Lasting Impact
    The time I spent with Mrs. Laganas' will forever be some of the best memories from high school. Her classroom was a sanctuary to many and often mixed kids from every type of clique imaginable. I can still picture her signature hairstyle and the smocks she favored as she went around giving special attention to every kid in their preferred medium. I remember her telling em stories of how she would go out and dig her potter's clay from a "secret location". She will never know it but the pottery I made in her class would eventually lead my path to a Masters in Landscape Architecture (molding clay is very much luck molding earth). She was a special gift to all of the lives she touched and she will be missed. - Samantha Castro
  • The Bucco Family
    Chris and family, Our deepest condolences to you and your loved ones. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Your mom left behind quite a legacy. She touched so many lives. Hold each other close. Much love, The Bucco Family
  • Renee Choiniere  - Such a gift
    Thank you for lending us " her students" one of the most valuable teachers NHS ever had. Her kindness and thoughtful care will be with me throughout my life and influences the way I teach art today. May you find comfort and peace in knowing how much she was loved and appreciated by her students even after 40 plus years. I am grateful for your generosity in sharing her and I send prayers to you and yours in your time of loss. Renee
  • Lena (Souther) Murray  - So Loved
    I am so sorry for your loss. I was one of her students at Newburyport High School. She was not only my teacher, she was my friend. Always there for each and every one of us! She touched my life in so many ways and will forever be in my heart!
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