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Betty (Brown) Vasilakopoulos, 93, of Salem, Mass., formerly of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass., passed away peacefully in the early morning of June 13th from a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Spiro A. Vasilakopoulos.
Betty was born in Beverly, Mass. on December 5, 1923 to the late Peter A. Brown (Psalides) and Anastasia (Synodinas) Brown. Betty was the third oldest of ten children. As a young girl, until the time of her marriage, Betty along with her nine siblings were instilled with a work ethic from their parents who were Greek immigrants and established a thriving family business, Browns Fruit and Grocery, the local market in Manchester-by-the-Sea for over 80 years.
Betty graduated from Story High School in 1942 and was the class secretary. In the late 40’s, the family had acquired a small variety store on the corner of Hale and Lothrop Street in Beverly that still exists today. Betty, along with her brothers, George and Spike ran the business until their father sold it in the early 50’s. Betty established many friendships with so many people during her time there.
In 1956, Betty married the love of her life, Spiro A. Vasilakopoulos, who has started a small wholesale produce business after World War II and would deliver to her family’s grocery store. The couple moved to Salem.
In the early 1960’s, Betty’s family had built a grand supermarket and her husband, Spiro eventually went into her family’s business. Betty at that point in her life became a stay at home mom. She enjoyed many things in her life. She loved people, flowers and in her younger years, bowling. She was known for her Greek dancing and “Jitter Bugging.” Betty also loved the beach, in particular Singing Beach in her hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea.
Betty was most known for her ever present smile and laughter. She loved comedy especially her favorite show, “I Love Lucy.” However, her greatest joy in life was raising her adoring two sons, Arthur and Thomas. She was a member of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody.
Betty was truly a beautiful and gentle soul of a person who touched many lives. “Her love was abounding, her patience was great and a sense of humor she had. She was always there when you needed her most, in the good times as well as the bad.” She will be missed.
Betty’s family would like to thank the staff at Grosvenor Park Nursing Home in Salem for their care and compassion over the past few years.
Surviving her are two loving sons, Arthur S. Vasilakopoulos of Peabody and Thomas S. Vasilakopoulos of Salem, her four siblings, George A. Brown, husband of the late Mary (Vontzalides) Brown, Theodore Brown and his wife, Mary Jane (McCoo) Brown, Speros Brown and his wife, Pauline (Apostolopoulos) Brown, Katherine (Brown) Bulgaris, wife of the late Michael Bulgaris, her sister-in-law, Doris (Silva) Brown, wife of Anthony Brown, her brother-in-law, John Vasilakopoulos and his wife, Sophie (Savaris) of Nashua, N.H.; her godchild, Anastasia Brown, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Anthony Brown, her brother Thomas “Spike” Brown and his wife, Victoria (Papandreou), her brother Paul Brown and his wife, Sophie (Anasoulis) Brown, and her sister, Jennie Brown, her sister, Connie Brown and her sister-in-law, Rose (Vasilakopoulos) Bosse and her husband, Dr. Raymond Bosse.
Her funeral service will be held at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Paleologis Street, Peabody, Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A visiting hours will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Monday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  June 16, 2017
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