Eleni “Helen” Mazareas
She Lived Her Life for Others and Will Be Greatly Missed
Eleni “Helen” (Tsouleas) Mazareas of Lynn died peacefully at age 95 on Tuesday, January 31 in Lynn. She was the wife of the late Kostas G. Mazareas. Born and raised in Neochori, Greece, she immigrated to the United States in 1955 and has been a resident of Lynn since that time.
Eleni worked for Sylvania and Phillips Lighting in Lynn, retiring in 1990. Steadfast in her faith, she was an active member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn. She was also a longtime member of the St. George Ladies Philoptochos Society, where she relished the opportunity to engage in fellowship and philanthropic service to her community.
An avid gardener, Eleni was gifted in her ability to consistently tend to and cultivate a bountiful harvest of vegetables in her backyard. Not only was she a master of her garden, but of her kitchen as well. Always incorporating the fruit of her labor into her flavorful— and well-guarded— Greek recipes, Eleni would have fasolakia, yemista, baked melanzana and moussaka ready to deliver to a loved one’s house.
A master baker as well, her treasured kourabiedes and koulourakia were tucked into her dessert jar on her kitchen table, beckoning her guests to try one.
Eleni had an incredible command over her craft needles and over her vintage Singer sewing machine. Whether mending clothes or gift giving, Eleni was quick with her knitting and crochet needles, producing sweaters, scarves and bedspreads. Most notably, she created beautiful and meticulous doilies that adorned her couches, tables, and home.
She was devoted to her family above all else and will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Eleni will also be remembered for her wonderful generosity. She lived her life for others and will be greatly missed.
Eleni is survived by her son, George Mazareas, his wife, Cynthia Tanner Mazareas and her granddaughter, Eleni Mazareas, all of Nahant; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.
Her funeral was held at. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 S. Common St., Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. Those who prefer may make donations to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 S. Common St., Lynn, MA0 0902.
Arrangements under the direction of the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, Lynn. For directions and guestbook: www.solimine.com.