Peabody — Diane "Soula" Venios Nikola, 75, of Peabody, died Monday, June 9, 2014. She was born in Peabody, and was the daughter of the late Andrew and Theodora (Stevis) Venios. She was raised and resided in Peabody. Diane was the wife of the late Edwin "Nick" Nikola, with whom she shared 17 years of marriage.
She attended Peabody Public Schools and graduated high school in 1956. In the same year, she began working at New England Telephone Co. in Boston, and stayed with the company through its many changes. She, her husband, Nick, and daughter, Kirsten, would spend weekends at their camp in Maine, the "Rocks" in Gloucester, and later moved their winter vacations to Fort Lauderdale, until Nick's passing in 1984. She loved to entertain, whether in her home for the holidays, cookouts by the pool, or at the summer beach house in Gloucester. After her retirement in 1995, she traveled abroad with her friends and spent the winters in Fort Lauderdale with her siblings. She had been a lifelong member of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody, where she served as a member of the Parish Council, and as secretary and co-president of the Philoptohos. Ever present in the church community, she worked tirelessly at numerous annual events and was dedicated to the ongoing mission of her church.
Diane is survived by her daughter, Kirsten Nikola of Peabody; her brothers and sisters, Mary Kaldes, John Venios and his wife, Marilyn, Michael Venios, and Ellen Venios, all of Peabody, and Eva Tournas of Salem; nieces and nephews, Theodora Tournas and Stephanie Scanlan of Salem, George Tournas and his wife, Debbie, Charles Kaldes and his wife, Maureen, Andrew Kaldes, and Theodora Markham, all of Peabody; grandnieces and grandnephews, Jason and his wife, Janelle, Jimi, Christine, Drew, Maura, Evan, Nikko, Andrew, Patrick, and Matthew; great-grandniece Mazzy; numerous friends, especially Jane McCarthy, Lola Kalivas, Paula Raftopoulos, Kristi Fadel, and Ruthie Morfis; and lastly, her granddog, Sydney.