MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Estella M. Demarkis, age 90, died August 22, at Seacoast Nursing Home in Gloucester. She was the wife of the late John P. Demarkis, owner of the Harborside Restaurant, and a 66-year resident of Manchester by-the-Sea.
Born Estella M. Kallio, June 7, 1922, daughter of Joseph Kallio and Selma (Tuohinen) Kallio, both of Finland; she was the beloved and devoted mother to two daughters, Christine Crosby and husband Guy of Weston, Dianne Koeplin and husband David, of Manchester; three sons, Peter J. Demarkis and wife Kate of Manchester, John C. Demarkis of Peabody, Nicholas J. Demarkis and wife Heather of Beverly and “Nana” to eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a brother, George Kallio of Ardmore, OK, and a sister, Laura (Mrs. Philip P.) Murray of Gloucester, and numerous nephews and nieces. She was pre-deceased by three sisters, Jenny, Vieno, Helmi, and two brothers, Dan and Hugo. She was the fifth of eight children who grew up in Lanesville and Gloucester. After high school, she was employed at Sylvania in Ipswich. She married John P. Demarkis of Manchester in 1945 and moved to Florida, to be with her husband, where he was stationed as a flight instructor at Pensacola Naval Air Station. After the war, they moved back to Manchester where husband, John, eventually entered the family business, then known as the Seaside Cafe. In 1970, after raising five children, she fulfilled a lifelong ambition to become a nurse. She completed the LPN program through Essex Agricultural and Technical School and Salem Hospital. She was a gifted seamstress and knitter. She enjoyed a good card game, and was also an avid reader and enthusiastic scrabble player. Prior to closing its doors in 1994, she worked as book keeping assistant at the family’s Harborside Restaurant. She was a member of The Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Ipswich, a member of the Pi Epsilon Sigma Club and Manchester Women’s Club. She will be remembered for her good cheer, her kind words and deeds, and one who greeted all with an open door and an open heart.
ARRANGEMENTS: The family will receive visitors at Campbell- Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly Location), Tuesday evening, August 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be Wednesday morning, August 29, at Rosedale Avenue Cemetery, Manchester at 11 a.m. The family asks that donations in her name be made to The Friends of Seacoast (Nursing Home), 292 Washington St., Gloucester 01930, and Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.