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Olympia Manos of Swampscott passed away on Saturday in her home surrounded by friends and family after a lengthy illness. She was born, raised, and lived in Lynn most of her life, and was the daughter of the late John and Demetra Manos, also of Lynn.
She graduated from Lynn Classical High School and was an active alumnus for many years. For many of her teenage years, she worked in her family business, The Manos Confectionary Shop on Washington Street, making chocolates and ice cream the old fashioned way - by hand. Upon graduating from Classical High School, she immediately began working in the mail room for Lynn Gas & Electric Co. (which later merged into National Grid), where she worked for 44 years, eventually becoming Credit Manager. She also served as Union secretary for the company for years, as well as organizing the company's annual Christmas parties, which are still remembered to this day. Olympia had an incredible wit and sense of humor and loved being with people, and will always be remembered for her tireless caring and generosity to so many who knew her.
Throughout her life, Olympia was devoted to her beloved St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn, and to her family, which were at the core of her being. She was always happiest when she was with her family, where values of love, respect and compassion were instilled from childhood. These values never left her and always guided her throughout her life. One could truthfully say this was the mission and purpose of her life, as she was faultless and completely dedicated to both. Her faith and love of family were her pillars of strength.
After her retirement from National Grid, she became completely involved with the St. George Greek Ladies Society, a philanthropic volunteer organization devoted to community and church, and eventually became its' President for eight years. She was honored in 2006 as Woman of the Year, by the St. George Philoptochos group for all of her tireless efforts for the church including multiple fundraising events.
Olympia enjoyed gardening and was very active in her company's bowling league for years. She also thoroughly enjoyed the theater and would often go to New York to see all the latest hits on Broadway. These events were coordinated by her youngest brother, George, who was an actor and theatrical booking agent in New York City.
She was the last of her great generation, predeceased by her siblings George, Peter, Pauline and Aphrodite Manos. She is survived by her first cousins, Stratford Skalkos of Southampton, NY and Peter Skalkos of Smithtown, NY, several second cousins, and many, many friends.
Her visiting hours will be held today, Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rt. 1A),, Lynn. Her funeral will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m., in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Lynn. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.
Published on January 7, 2018
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