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Calliope (Anes) Shenas

STUART, FL ~ Calliope (Anes) Shenas, 94, of Stuart, Florida and a former longtime resident of Springfield, was Called Safely Home on Monday, November 20, 2017. She passed into Eternal Life at the Solaris Healthcare Parkway in Stuart, Florida surrounded by the care and comfort of her loving family. She was born in North Adams, Massachusetts on March 27, 1923, the beloved daughter of the late Steven J. and Stella V. (Ardoulus) Anes. She lived in Springfield for many years before moving to Stuart, Florida around 2000. Calliope was a graduate of Wellesley College and then continued her studies at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. She then studied voice with Mme. Olga Averino at Wellesley and Longy as well as with Joseph Regneas in New York City. She attended the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, studied Opera with Boris Goldovsky at the New England Conservatory of Music and gave her Debut Recital in New York’s Town Hall. Ms. Shenas has given many performances in Concert, Oratorio, and Opera in Springfield, Boston, and in most principal cities in the Northeastern section of the country as well as Virginia, Washington and Canada. Ms. Shenas has performed as Soloist at several Colleges and Universities including Mount Holyoke, Smith, Amherst, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Wesleyan and Wellesley, and has sung with the Arlington, Pioneer Valley Symphony and Springfield Symphony Orchestras. In Opera, she has performed the lead role in “Carmen”, princes in “Sister Angelica” Azucena in “Il Trovatore,” Olga in “Eugene Onegin,” Suzuki in “Madame Butterfly, and in the “Flying Dutchman” the role of Mary. In addition to performing, she has been an instructor of voice at the Springfield Conservatory of Music, MacDuffie School for Girls, BayPath College, Westfield State Teachers College and was for fourteen years on the Music Faculty of Mount Holyoke College as Assistant Professor of Voice. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Springfield Symphony Women’s League, Tuesday Morning Music Club, American Guild of Organists, Springfield Women’s Club, Wellesley Club, Springfield College Club, Springfield Garden Club and Baystate Medical Auxiliary. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, James W. Shenas who was Called Home on January 28, 2011. She leaves her two devoted sons, William J. Shenas of Springfield and Stephen J. Shenas and his wife, Kelly, of Stuart, FL; her five cherished grandchildren, Katrina Shenas, Stephanie Shenas, Esteban Shenas Agosto, Brandon Shenas and Nickolas Shenas; her three cherished great-grandchildren, Amyas Collazo, Eros Collazo and Zeus Klaus; and her many dear nephews, nieces, cousins and numerous friends. Her funeral will be held on Friday morning, December 1, 2017 beginning at the St. Pierre – Phaneuf Springfield Chapels, (413-737-1177), 7 Chapin Terrace, Springfield, MA 01107, (funeral home will open at 9:30 a.m.), followed by a Funeral Service at 11 a.m. in Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2320 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01107. Her burial will follow the service at Oak Grove Cemetery, 426 Bay Street, Springfield, MA 01109. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. “May Her Memory Be Eternal”. For more details, please visit:
St. Pierre-Phaneuf Springfield Chapels
7 Chapin Terrace
Springfield, MA USA 01107