LOWELL, MA – Athena S. Stamatakakos, 93, longtime Lowell resident, died peacefully at home in Tyngsboro, surrounded by family. She was born in Lowell on January 14, 1928, a daughter of the late Stavros and Efthemia (Vasilakos) Stamatakakos.
She attended Lowell Public Schools and graduated from Lowell High School in 1945, and earned a Certificate in Physical Therapy from Boston Evening Clinic and Hospital, and a Certificate in Foremanship Psychology from Lowell Technological Institute.
In 1950, she began her long working career as a stitcher at the Hathaway Shirt Company, where she eventually ran their training program. She was instrumental in the startup of Hathaway Shirt company facilities in both Puerto Rico and Trinidad; and in 1973 was promoted to Plant Manager. Ms. Stamatakakos continued working in the manufacturing field until her retirement.
Ms. Stamatakakos was a member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Lowell, and was a past President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Youth of America. In addition, she was a member of the Pan-Laconian Society, and Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Lowell and enjoyed volunteer work, including in behalf of tuberculosis prevention.
Ms. Stamatakakos enjoyed her extensive travels and loved to cook – she was famously known for her Galaktoboureko. A huge Boston Red Sox fan, she could be found proudly and loudly cheering them on whenever their games were televised.
Survivors include four generations of nieces and nephews and several godchildren.
She was pre-deceased by her sisters Helen S. Bates and Stella S. Ostis, and her brothers Petros S., James S., Christos S., and Peter S. Stamas.
Funeral services and burial were private. A celebration of Athena's life will be held at a later date when family and friends may gather safely in her honor. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions in her name to the Peter S. Stamas Scholarship Fund, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, 100 Merrimack St., #202, Lowell, MA 01852.