of Fitchburg, Holy Trinity member; 85
FITCHBURG Helen (Pappazisis) Nikitas, of Fitchburg, passed away peacefully, Monday, July 13, at the Highlands Nursing Home in Fitchburg. She was 85.
Born and raised in Fitchburg, she married her childhood sweetheart, Marines N. Nikitas in 1944 and shared a beautiful, loving life together until his passing in 2002. Mrs. Nikitas was a lifelong member of the Eastern Star, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and for many years was the Engineering Department secretary throughout the evolution of the Crocker Burbank Paper Company into Weyerhaeuser Corp and finally to James River Paper.
Along with her late husband, she was extremely active in Republican campaigns on both the state and national levels throughout her adult life.
"My mother's first priority was always lovingly and
tirelessly caring for anyone in our extended family who fell ill," said her son. "She was like an angel of love and help to so many of us her whole life was about selflessness and kindness."
Mrs. Nikitas is survived by her daughter, Christina A. Nikitas, of Woburn; her son, Nicholas M. Nikitas, and his wife, Joanne S. Nikitas, of Plymouth; and her greatest pride, her grandson, Maximos N. Nikitas, also of Plymouth. She leaves her brother, Mathias Pappas of Leominster; and sister, Constance Kirousis of Fitchburg, and was predeceased by her sister, Olga Pappas of Fitchburg. Mrs. Nikitas leaves her sisters-in-law, Dorothy T. Nikitas and Christine A. Nikitas, both of Fitchburg, and Demetra Avdoulos of Glastonbury, CT; nephews, Charles Kirousis of Petersham, Evangelos "Angelo" Kirousis of Fitchburg, Charles V. Pappas, Jr. of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Michael Avdoulos of Glastonbury, CT; as well as nieces, Charlotte Walsh of Seattle, and the late Joanne Baity of Harbor Springs, Michigan.
Mrs. Nikitas also leaves several grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews, and great-grandnieces.
NIKITAS Visitation will be held Friday, July 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg. The funeral will be held Saturday, July 18, from at 11:00 A.M. at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg with burial following in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in Mrs. Nikitas' memory to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1319 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.
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Brandon Funeral Home
305 Wanoosnoc Road
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Published in Sentinel & Enterprise from July 15 to July 16, 2009