Evangeline Cakounes

Evangeline Nickole Cakounes was laid to rest on Saturday, October 5 at Riverside Cemetery with services held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. She died in her home on Tuesday, October 1 with her family by her side. Evangeline was known to her family as YiaYia, and to her friends as Vangie. Vangie, a lifelong resident of Saugus, was born on August 4, 1922, daughter of the late Anesty and Olga (Petrakis) Nickole. She grew up on the Nickole Farm on Route One, alongside her brothers Leo Nickole, the late Kome, Nickolas, & George Nickole, and sister, the late Hope Bakopolous. She was a 1940 graduate of Saugus High School, graduating with honors. Upon graduation, Vangie studied Executive Secretary at Burdette College where she graduated with honors. Vangie began her Secretarial career working at North Shore News Company. She later became the secretary of Nickole Sales and Service, Inc. on Route One for the next 25 years. Vangie is mostly known for her work at the Saugus Co-Operative Bank, where she worked for 31 years. Upon retirement, she continued to balance checkbooks for many town residents. In 1945, Vangie met George Cakounes of Belmont. They fell in love through letters they exchanged while George was overseas with the Army. In September 1946 they were married and began their life together on Essex Street, where Vangie had resided ever since. Vangie and George gave their hearts and lives to the St. George Church, their family and the Saugus community. Together, they were members of the American Legion, Friends of the Saugus Public Library, and AHEAA (American Helenic Educational Association of America). Vangie was president of the Armatage PTA, and a valued member of the St. George Ladies Society. Vangies love for George was everlasting and was especially evident when she became his primary care giver during his battle with Alzheimers until his death in 1991. YiaYia loved working in her garden and spending her summers at her cottage in Cape Cod. She enjoyed the company of others, and will be remembered for her addictive personality and good natured heart. Anyone who met YiaYia was immediately treated like family. She showed love and respect for all she came in contact with. Her heart was filled with compassion, her soul was strong and her outlook was always positive. She was a great friend and touched the lives of every person she came across. As the theme song of her favorite show, The Golden Girls sings, Her heart was true, she was a pal and a confidant. Vangie is survived by three sons, Harry G. Cakounes & his wife Karen of Saugus, Ernest G. Cakounes & his wife Lois of Saugus, and Leo G. Cakounes & his wife Andrea of Cape Cod; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A true Saugonian, Vangie has asked that in lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Saugus Youth & Recreation Dept., 400 Central St., Saugus, MA 01906.

Published in The Cape Codder from Oct. 11 to Oct. 18, 2013