Salem — Maria (Apostolatos) Gianoulis, age 85, wife of the late Daniel A. Gianoulis of Salem died in North Shore Medical Center, Salem, surrounded by family early Sunday morning, January 6, 2013. Mrs. Gianoulis was Born in Greece, the daughter of the late Demetrios and Andromaxi (Panapoulou) Apostastolatos. She grew up on a family farm consisting of livestock, attending local schools until her father became ill with Parkinson’s disease. She and her brothers and sisters then took over the care of the farm and helped to support the family. In 1955, she moved to Montreal, Canada. After her aunt and other family members arranged her marriage, she married her late husband in 1960, and settled in Salem. A loving and devoted wife and mother, she loved family entertaining and cooking. Having been raised in a cultural center of democracy and politics, she enjoyed discussing daily political and social issues. She also sponsored many families to the United States, and helped them to become established. A longtime member of St. Vasilios Church, Peabody, Mrs. Gianoulis had been an active member of the Philoptohos Society. Mrs. Gianoulis is survived by three children, Vivian Karafotias and her husband Nicholas of Carlisle, MA, Alexander J. Gianoulis and his wife Denise of Stoneham, and Andrea Pargas and her husband William of Salem; A stepdaughter Toni Peura and her son Craig of Palm Beach, FL; a brother Nicholas Apostolatos of Lechena, Greece; a sister Litsa Zacharias of Lechena, Greece; five grandchildren, Elisabeth, Irene, Alexia, Anthony, Dean and Sofia. She is also the loving aunt of Demetrios and Maria Mirissis. She was preceded in death by a sister Irene Mirissis and her brother in law Nicholas Mirissis.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 9:15 AM, from the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., (corner of North Street), Salem, to be followed by funeral Services at 10 AM in St. Vasilisos Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be on Wednesday from 4 to 8 PM in the Murphy Funeral Home. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vasilios Bell Tower Fund, 5 Paleologos St. Peabody, MA. For online guest book or additional information, please call 978-744-0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com