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Mrs. Adamantia (Kastrinakis) Lagonakis, age 77, of Salem, died peacefully on Tuesday in Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by her loving family after a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of Nondas Lagonakis, with whom she shared nearly 56 years of marriage. Born and raised in Sgourokefali, Crete, Greece, she was the daughter of the late Vasilios and Ourania (Maragakis) Kastrinakis. She came to the United States at age 14 and lived in Lynn for several years. She resided in Salem since 1970.

Adamantia and her husband, Nondas were co-owners of Bill & Bob’s Roast Beef in Salem for 48 years. Throughout her life, she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many, including her employees, many of whom referred to her as “Mom.” Her signature gift of joy, shown through her beaming smile, laughter, and humor, will never be forgotten. Her strength and business aptitude were notable, as was her ability to quietly empower her children and husband to make important decisions, never desiring to be in the spotlight. She was warm, friendly, giving, sincere, and honest. She adored her family and cherished every moment they spent together, especially while doing what she loved most, gardening, playing with her grandchildren or spending winters in Marco Island, Florida. Adamantia left for the world a graceful example of a life well lived.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four adoring children, Marina Kargakis and her husband, George, Valerie Gerontis and her husband, Emmanuel, Angelo Lagonakis and his wife, Heather, and Maria Lagonakis-McNulty and her husband, Conor; 11 grandchildren, Stefan and his fiancé, Monica, Nondas and Jason Kargakis, Katerina and Constantinos Gerontis, Alexandra, Nondas, and Demitrios Lagonakis, and Arianna, Donovan and Logan McNulty; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late George Kastrinakis.
Her visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn and on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 S. Common St., Lynn. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Adamantia Lagonakis to the Massachusetts General Hospital Allergy & Clinical Immunology Unit. Please make checks payable to Massachusetts General Hospital and mail to Massachusetts General Hospital Allergy & Clinical Immunology Unit, c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114. Directions and guestbook atwww.solimine.com.
Published on  April 1, 2017
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