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Madeline K. Anton

Loving Matriarch of Anton Family

Madeline K. (Kanavos) Anton, 91, of North Andover, a member of a well-known Greater Lowell family died Saturday morning at The Meadows at Edgewood in North Andover, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the loving wife, for over 66 years, of Arthur C. Anton, the former President of Anton’s Cleaners, who survives her,

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1, 1926, the daughter of the late John and the late Diane (Panagetopoulos) Kanavos, she attended Boston Latin High School and was a graduate of Boston University, Class of 1948.

She was a longtime member of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity and held membership in the Philoptochos Society.

Along with her husband Arthur, Madeline was active in the community with several philanthropic and charitable organizations and was a member of the Chelmsford Garden Club and the Whistler House Museum.

Beloved by many, Madeline was always a great hostess to countless friends and family. As her high school yearbook inscription so accurately captured “Loving, warm hearted and kind, a truer friend you’ll never find”.

Besides her husband, she is survived by four children Diane Wilmot and her husband Gunnar of Bronxville, NY, Susan Pasanen and her husband Wayne of North Andover, Charles Anton and his wife Tami of Lincoln and Arthur Anton, Jr. and his wife Nina of Carlisle; ten grandchildren Gunnar Wilmot, Jr., Madeline Wilmot, Zachary Pasanen and his wife Alexandra, Christina Pasanen, Alexandra Pasanen, Austin Anton, Jacqueline Anton, Spencer Anton, Olivia Anton and Steven Anton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late George Kanavos.

Friends may call the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL from 3 to 7 P.M. Monday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service to be held Tuesday morning at the HELLENIC ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY at   11 o’clock. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Burial will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Lewis St., Lowell, MA 01854 or St. Constantine and Helen Church, 71 Chandler Rd., Andover, MA 01810.

Condolences (7)
  • Anastasia Veniselos Mahoney
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of Madeline and her parents. May this lovely lady's memory be eternal. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time
  • John & Maxine Zartarian
    Maxine and I were sadden by the passing of Mrs. Anton. She was a wonderful lady with a never ending smile, very generous and extremely kind Our thoughts are with Mr. Anton and the entire family.
  • Arthur Mourtzinos  - May her memory be eternal
    My thoughts and prayers are with each member of the Anton family during this most difficult time. She was a loving, mother, grandmother, wife, and a friend. May her memory be eternal. Arthur
  • Lynne Marshall McSheehy  - Rest in Peace
    When I was a teen I had the pleasure of babysitting for Mr. and Mrs. Anton’s young children. She was a loving mother and a very kind employer. I brought many pleasant memories of her into my adult life, and I want to send wishes for her family’s peace. She has left a legacy of kindness and generosity, for which her children and grandchildren are, I’m sure, very grateful.
  • Tony Pelusi  - May she rest in peace
    I was saddened to learn that your mom's spirit left her body. While you undoubtedly have many precious memories of the time you shared with her, I hope that you remain in communion with her for the rest of your days on earth and gather support from your family and friends. Warmly, Tony
  • Marilyn Campbell
    Gil and I are so sorry to hear of Madeline’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady and will be missed by many. Our deepest sympathy. Gil & Marilyn Campbell
  • Joanne Housianitis & Family  - To our Cousins~Memory Eternal
    May Madeline's memory be eternal and may your wife, mother & grandmother rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this most difficult time.
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