Danvers — At 66 years, Donna M. (Kermelewicz) Varoudakis passed away on Wednesday, April 2, at Beverly Hospital, after a sudden, debilitating illness. Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Primrose (Goodwin) Kermelewicz. She attended Chelsea High School and was graduated with the Class of 1965. In 1971, she was married to George Varoudakis, and together they shared the last 42 years with love and devotion. They settled in Danvers, and together they raised their family of one daughter and two sons. Donna was strongly devoted to home and family. She also worked from home and at NE Caterers, a family owned business, as its chief bookkeeper and office manager. Donna possessed a very independent spirit, she enjoyed spending summers at the family lake house in New Hampshire, swimming and boating on Pine River Pond. In addition to her family and beloved Lab-mix “Okie,” she held an equal devotion to the Patriots and was a great “Tom Brady“ fan.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Kermelewicz Jr.; and her grandson, Tyler Varoudakis. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, George Varoudakis Sr. of Danvers; her daughter, Denise Gregorio and her husband, Joe, of Middleton; her two sons and their wives, Anthony Varoudakis and his wife, Stephanie, of Byfield, and George Varoudakis Jr. and his wife, Maria, of Peabody; her grandchildren, Kyra, Natalia and Andrew Gregorio, and Matthew Varoudakis. She is also survived by her beloved canine pet companion, “Okie.”
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Tuesday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home, on Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral home is fully handicap accessible, with ample parking opposite the funeral home.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the MSPCA.
For directions, or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.