, Salem, MA

May 21, 2013

Elene Petrovitsis, 90

Peabody — Elene Petrovitsis, 90, of Madbury, N.H., and formerly of Peabody, died Sunday evening at her home following a long illness. She was the wife of the late James Petrovitsis.

Born in Peabody, she was the daughter of the late John and Chresoula (Androniko) Patsiaris. She was raised and educated in Peabody and was a graduate of Peabody High School.

Elene was first employed at GTE Sylvania in Salem as a productions supervisor for 41 years before she co-founded, with her son, the Durham House of Pizza in Durham, N.H., in 1976.

She was a member of both the Philoptochos and Daughters of Penelope at St. Vasilios Church, as well as the Quarter Century Club at GTE Sylvania.

Elene is survived by her daughter and son, Elizabeth “Betty” and her husband, James Chongris, of both Rye, N.H., and St. Petersberg, Fla., and Stephen and his wife, Rennie Petrovitsis, of Madbury, N.H.; her sister, Vassy Helas of Peabody; her beloved six grandchildren, Dean Chongris of Andover, Angela Chongris of Durham, N.H., and James, John, Justin and Jordan Petrovitsis, all of Madbury, N.H.; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Patrick Chongris; and also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Emmanuel Patsiaris, Georgia Kanarellis, and Maria Canatselos.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at noon at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Paleologos Street, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the St. Vasilios Bell Tower Fund, 7 Paleologos St., Peabody, MA 01960, or Wentworth Homecare and Hospice, 121 Broadway, Suite 117, Dover, NH 03820. For directions and online obituary, visit