Irene M. Passios left her family and friends Tuesday, April 15, at 90 years young. Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas Moskos and Ethel (Dickie) Moskos. She outlived her sister Mary Hyfantis and brother Peter Moskos. A product of the depression, Irene learned by example from her father who supported people by feeding them in his restaurant. Irene supported others throughout her life. She graduated from Fitchburg State Teachers College and first taught in Jamestown Rhode Island. During these war years she met fellow Fitchburg Alumni Thomas C Passios, a Bronze Star veteran of World War II, who became the love of her life, her husband, and father to their five children. She and Tom settled in Lunenburg, he as the principal of the school now named in his honor, and Irene as a classroom teacher in the training school of FSC. Later having received her master's degree, she became a professor in the School of Education. She was part of a team who wrote an innovative program for the training of early childhood teachers. She also taught courses at Boston College. Her passion in education was the arts and the tenets of Maria Montessori; she inspired many a teacher to incorporate these ideas in their teaching. She was admired by her colleagues and students. While she lost Tom too early in life, she kept her inimitable Greek spirit. Irene began visiting schools all over the world, traveling with friends and spending her summers in Australia with her first grandchildren. When Irene left the profession as Professor Emeritus, she had been teacher and mentor to hundreds of future teachers, some of whom have kept in touch to this day. Irene was a pianist; an inveterate lover of antiques, travel, shopping and all things Greek. Everyone who knew her had been introduced to baklava. Irene was a classy lady with a beautiful smile that will remain with her family always. More than anything, Irene, known as Yiayia, loved her family and was blessed to be able to know her latest great-grandchild. Many fond stories will be carried forward through the generations by friends, her nieces and nephews, and her children, and theirs, who live in all corners of the world, Kathy (Passios) and John Goble of Australia, Tom and Kathy Passios of San Diego, Calif., David Passios of Lunenburg, Charlie and Fran Passios of Cape Cod and Jim and Michelle Passios of Hingham, and their families which include, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Irene's life was celebrated in a Mass at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Fitchburg, followed by interment at North Cemetery in Lunenburg, rejoining her with the love of her life. To honor Irene, donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, c/o Sunday School Education Program, 1319 Main Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420. See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for information and online condolences.
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Published in The Patriot Ledger on Apr. 17, 2014
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