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Helen M. Giatas

Helen M. Giatas, 94, of Saco, ME, formerly of Nashua, NH, died on June 19, 2016 at Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough, ME after a brief illness. She was born on April 2, 1922 in Forestville, CT, the daughter of the late Michael and Domna (Dikos) Giatas.

She graduated from Nashua High School in 1940 and attended Nashua Business School.

Helen had a lifetime career in retail. She was employed by the J. J. Newberry Company starting in their local store and later working as Personnel Manager and Auditor throughout the New England and New York states for 30 years. Helen was a trailblazer in her profession in a field dominated by men during the 1950's and 1960's. She rose through the ranks to management positions, travelling throughout the Northeast as a valued employee of the company.
On retirement she was employed part-time at Jordan Marsh Co. in Bedford, NH as Assistant Personnel Manager. Additionally, she managed Martin's Gift Shop in Naples, ME each summer for 18 years during the 1970's and 1980's.

She was a parishioner of Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church, Nashua, NH and while in Maine, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Portland, ME. Over the years she participated in many organizations, including the Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Agape Society, the Ladies Elpis Society, the AROK #94 Daughters of the Nile in Westbrook, ME, and the V.E.VA. Hellenic Dance Ensemble of Worcester, MA.

Her talents and skills in the professional world aside, she will be mostly be remembered by her three nieces as a loving, supportive aunt who cheered the loudest at every one of their milestones and accomplishments. A constant figure in their lives from the day they took their first breath, she was aunt, friend, mother-figure, and sometimes even a fourth sister. She shared with them a lifetime of travelling and trips, working side by side each summer, shared books, movie watching, recipe sharing, and sharing in life's ups and downs.

Helen was a gregarious person with a big heart and many friends. Her adventurous spirit and desire to keep up with the latest trends and news events allowed her to relate with people of all ages in an easy manner. Helen could be counted on to provide advice and encouragement without judgment, and was a sweetheart. She was a lifelong learner and always game for the next adventure up to the end. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by her brother, George M. Giatas, and her sister, Mary L. Panagoulias.

She is survived by three nieces, Domna Giatas and her husband Ned McCann, Demetra Giatas and her husband Kent Avery, and Dyonisia Giatas and her partner Patric Whitcomb, all of Portland, ME; sister-in-law Amelia Giatas of Saco, ME; and several cousins and godchildren.

Visitation will be at Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis St. Nashua, NH on Thursday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with the funeral service to follow directly after at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua.

Helen's family would like to thank the staff at the Gosnell House and Dr. David Strassler and Dr. Paul A. Parker, for the wonderful care they provided to Helen.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's memory may be made to either

Saint Philip Greek Orthodox Church
500 West Hollis Street
Nashua, NH 03062
or
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
133 Pleasant Street
Portland, Maine 04102