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Janet Lee Katsarakes

October 03, 1943 - January 07, 2023


Obituary For Janet Lee Katsarakes

Janet Lee (Ostaszewski) Katsarakes, age 79, passed away surrounded by her loving daughters on January 7, 2023, after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel Peter Katsarakes of Peabody and Lynn, MA with whom she shared 59 years of marriage.

Born in Medford, MA on October 3,1943, Janet was the daughter of the late Alfred and Cheska (Petkiewich) Ostaszewski. She was raised in Somerville and graduated from Sacred Heart in Cambridge, MA. Janet then trained and worked as a cytologist at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston. Throughout her life, she was very proud to share the fact that she was on early pioneering medical teams that studied cancer and pap smear testing. After taking some time off to raise her family, she began a second career as a manager for Revlon as a cosmetics representative. Following her retirement, she and her family opened a restaurant called Oliver’s Delicious Food in Middleton, MA. Many of the recipes used at the restaurant came from Janet’s own kitchen. However, her favorite job of all was being mother to her two girls and Babchi to her beautiful grandchildren. She loved and embraced every moment with them and made their lives magical.

Throughout her life, Janet was an amazing artist and filled the world around her with her creativity and inspiration. Whether it was through her beautiful oil paintings, fashion and costume design or simply decorating a birthday cake for her grandchildren, everything Janet created was magnificent. Not many people know this, but Janet was also very musically talented. She taught her daughters how to sing and harmonize and could play a mean accordion! From the age of six, she was playing Polkas live on the radio.

Janet was a proud member of the St. Vasilios Church. She converted to the Greek Orthodox Faith when she married Danny in 1963. She was a Sunday School teacher at St. Val’s for 30 years. Janet was also very proud of her Polish heritage and volunteered with the Ladies Auxiliary Chapter of the St. Michael’s Society for many years. Besides embracing her roles as a loving wife, as well as mom, aunt and grandmother to her immediate and extended family, Janet was most known as a kind and loving soul who never had a bad word to say about anyone.

Janet is survived by her loving children, Catherine (Katsarakes) and Michael Geomelos of Peabody and Tracy (Katsarakes) and Chris Gangi of Middleton and her grandchildren: Geena, Toni and Danny Gangi and Janet and Deana Geomelos. She is happily reunited with the love of her life, Danny, and her beloved granddaughter Tessa Geomelos in heaven.

Janet’s funeral will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 9:00 am at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by her funeral service at 10:00 am at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, Paleologos St., Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Lake St., Peabody, MA.

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  • 01/16/2023

    Beautiful lady inside and out. Iremember her and her husband Danny fondly from my childhood. Our back yards connected on Harris St and Paleleogos St. I'm sure they were newlyweds at that time. My Sincere and Heartfelt Condolences to their children, grandchildren and family and friends ♥ God Bless! Becky Mavroules-Jones

  • 01/16/2023

    My sympathy and prayers Kathy and Tracey plus family. Your mom was a great person. She will be missed. They are up there partying as mom would say.

  • 01/12/2023

    Catherine, sympathy on the loss of your mom. May she be lovingly remembered and with you in spirit always. Alicia Guinee (formerly, McCarthy School)

  • 01/11/2023

    Cathy and Tracy, Your mother Janet was an amazing lady, and I feel privileged to have known her. I know you will miss her deeply. I'll be keeping Janet, Danny, Tessa you and your families in my thoughts and prayers.

  • 01/11/2023

    Cathy, Tracy and family. I just love you all so very much and some of my favorite memories of our "family-friendship" before we moved to Florida have been spent with all of you! Danny and Janet at Oliver's and your homes. , the laughs. The gigs. The birthdays. Feeding Tessa as a baby at Oliver's. Just life's memories. There beautifully remembered. Forever implanted in my heart. Thank you Janet for raising impeccable daughters! ❤️❤️Rest In His Eternal Peace.🙏.

  • 01/10/2023

    My sincere condolences to all of you! Janet was certainly an angel from heaven. May you find comfort in the incredible memories you have. Lisa Furnari

  • 01/10/2023

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Mom was a beacon of sweetness and always lit up the room with her smile. She will be missed. God bless your beloved mom.

  • 01/10/2023

    Cathy, Tracy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May she test in peace. May her memory be a blessing. May her memory be eternal. My condolences to her family and friends.


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    Tina Moll sent Joyful Memory for Janet Lee Katsarakes - January 12, 2023

    Tracy, Thinking of your amazing Mom and how she will be missed by so many. Thinking of you and all the Family at this time, truly heartbreaking. Love Tina, Jeffrey, Remy and Sami Moll

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