Rita Fotiades, 92, of Marstons Mills, died Saturday July 21st, peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her son James A. Fotiades and his wife Jennifer of Charlestown; two daughters, Dianne Fotiades of Northborough, and Alexandra Fotiades of Marlborough, her granddaughter, Christen Vienneau, her husband John and their daughter Ava of Duxbury. Her sister Joyce Devlin and husband Andrew of Athens, Greece. Many loving nieces and nephews.
Rita was born in Worcester, the daughter of Harry and Olympia Andreopoulos. Growing up she was an active member of the Sts. Spyridon Greek Orthodox community, she had fond memories of ice skating at Elm Park and picnicking at Lake Quinsingamond. She was a graduate of the former High School of Commerce and the Salter Secretarial School. Prior to being married she worked at the Mechanics National Bank of Worcester.
A devoted, fun loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Rita always gave of her time and her heart. She always knew exactly what to say or what do to, to make those around her feel comfortable. She took pride in raising her children and spending time with her granddaughter Christen and great-granddaughter Ava who brought her great joy in her later days. Kind, loving and accepting of all, she instilled a strong sense of family in her children and grandchildren.
Pre-deceased by her sister Eva Stoupis and her loving husband Alexander, they moved to several states and communities where their family grew and prospered. They retired to Marstons Mills where Rita loved to garden and where she could always be found sunning on her deck.
Rita was grateful for her wonderful life and often marveled how a young girl of Greek immigrant parents could have had the opportunity to travel the world, raise a beautiful family and experience life to the fullest.
Her funeral is Thursday, July 26th with a service at 11:00 AM in Sts. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 102 Russell Street, Worcester. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, July 25th from 5:00 until 7:00 PM in O’CONNOR BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 592 Park Avenue, Worcester. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sts. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 102 Russell Street, Worcester, MA 01609 and/or to the Sts. Anarygroi Greek Orthodox Church, PO Box 381, Marlborough, MA 01752.