TOPSFIELD — Mr. James Charles Maravelias, 72, of Topsfield, beloved husband of Donna (Doherty) Saumsiegle, died Monday, June 30, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, following a valiant battle with cancer.
Born in Lynn, he was the son of the late Theodore and Renee (Velentjas) Maravelias. He was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of Lynn English High School. He continued his education at Boston University where he earned his Bachelor of Art in Political Science.
An honorably discharged veteran, James served his country as a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown in the Pacific Fleet.
Mr. Maravelias began his professional career with AVCO Co. and matriculated on to Raytheon, where he had been employed as a manager for many years. Prior to retirement, he worked for R.L. Stevens as a sales consultant. He was also the owner and operator of his family’s restaurant, the former Victoria Luncheon in Lynn. James was known for his hard work and dedication to his company and family.
A passionate man about all his endeavors, he had a true love of the game of golf. He was very involved with his children’s activities, coaching Wyoma Little League Baseball, helping with political campaigns, and spending time in Maine. No matter what their ventures, James was there to support them to the fullest. His beloved wife and family were the highlight of his life and he thoroughly enjoyed every moment he had with them. He will be deeply missed.
James is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Donna (Doherty) Saumsiegle of Topsfield; his daughter, Corinna Melino and her husband, Christopher, of South Berwick, Maine, and their children, Alayna, Serafina and James Melino; his son, Theodore “Ted” Maravelias and his wife, Caroline, of Windham, N.H., and their children, Paul, Luke and Deborah Maravelias; his stepsons, Brian Saumsiegle and his wife, Krista, of Haverhill and their children, Connor, Colin and Kaya Saumsiegle; his stepson, Scott Saumsiegle and his wife, Susan, of Topsfield and their children, Jacquelyn, Andrew and Brooke Saumsiegle; his sister, Cynthia and her husband, Dr. John Parianos of Peabody; his brother-in-law, Charlie Papandreou; his former wife, Marilyn Maravelias of Ipswich; and several nieces and nephews; and extended family. He was the brother of the late Elaine Papandreou.