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Sotiros "Steve" Polemenakos

August 14, 1935 - May 31, 2021

Obituary For Sotiros "Steve" Polemenakos

Steve Polemenakos, 85, of Marblehead, MA, son of Demetrios and Konstantina (Catsos) Polemenakos of Vordonia, Sparta, Greece immigrated to Salem MA in 1952.

After surviving the war and the loss of this mother, Steve came to America at 16 years old with the intention of planting roots forever.

He worked tirelessly shining shoes and working in leather factories and later went on to own four successful companies, Hercules Bananas, Zestee Fuel, Sparta Realty and S & H Realty.

Steve was married the love of his life for 63 years, Heidi (Theophilopoulos) having wed in 1957 and always said “he married her whole family”, as they embraced the boy whose home was at the Salem YMCA. Together, Steve and Heidi successfully fulfilled his promise to his father by bringing all of his sisters to America.
Steve was proud to have served his county in the Army Reserve and passed away on Memorial Day 5/31/2021.

Steve and Heidi had three daughters, Connie Markos and her husband George L of Ipswich, Patty Allain and fiancée’ Brian Floyd of Middleton and Tasia Proulx and Peter Vousboukis of Marblehead.
Steve loved to host parties, spend time in Greece and Clearwater Beach, and socializing with all his tenants. He also took pride in his garden, making his homemade wine and travelling, but most of all, he “cherished” his family and friends.

He was a member of the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church , St. Val’s Men’s Club, Jordon Lodge AF & AM, Order of Ahepa Aristides Chapter 50, Logganiko Society, Hellenic Benevolent Society, and also was a Mason.

He leaves behind six grandchildren who were his biggest love, Tatiana Markos, Elias Markos, Brittini Bochniak and her husband Kyle, Chelsee Allain, Joseph Proulx and Olivia (Sotiria) Proulx. He was excited and looking forward to his first great grandchild and being a Papou-Papou to Baby Bochniak in July.
He leaves behind his sisters, Eleni Theodorakopoulos of Lynn, Panagiota & Kosta Venetos of Salem, Effie & George Panagakis of Chelmsford and Dina & Peter Tsiklis of Chelmsford and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind several godchildren including Nick Nikolopoulos who he spent every day with and loved him like a son. He was predeceased by his sister, Penelope Karedis.

His funeral service will be held at St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos St., Peabody, Friday, June 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. At the request of the family, attendees are recommended to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Burial in Swampscott Cemetery. In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. For directions and online guestbook please visit www.ccbfuneral.com.

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Very sad to hear of Steve's passing. Moving to Salem from New York State in 1978, I was very lucky to have connected with Steve and the great apartment he had available on Holly and Linden Street. An exciting time, a new beginning. Steve was very much a part of that, and will be remembered always. His energy and accomplishments are inspiring. Steve will be missed. My thoughts and sympathies go out to Heidi and the family -Harry Bartnick
- Harry Bartnick
Steve's legacy will live on in Salem where his many tenants and friends have stories to remember him by. He always had time to stop and chat and talk about the days gone by. Such a good, honest man. I already miss him. Kathleen W.
- Kathleen Wilkinson
My heart goes out to Heidi, Patty, Tasia, Connie, grandkids and all the family. No matter how long we have someone, we're never ready to let them go. Especially someone like this man, who did so much for so many. He had a great life, and created an amazing legacy for his family.
- Cindy Avagianos
Dear Patty: I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Sincerely, Natalie Johnson Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
- Natalie Johnson
Uncle Steve was a second dad to me growing up. I lived so close I drove my bicycle to his house almost every day in the summer. And I was not even driving age. It was a different time back then. Family time was the most important and Uncle Steve preached family first. He was the most loving most kindest person I've ever known. He was the most generous and most brave. He was so extremely smart and a self taught business man who definitely knew more about economics than people with degrees. His impact on my life was so profound I would not be who I am with out him having been in my life. He truly cared. Would drop everything to help you. And when he gave advise or guidance you listened. You absorbed every word he said. Because his knowledge was incredible and you felt bless he shared it. I will miss him every day for the rest of my life. I love you Uncle Steve. Sincerely Christopher
- Christopher Theo
I remember the first time we met Steve. It was at one of his famous 4th of July parties. He welcomed our family as if we were his own. He was so full of life! Dancing with his sisters & inviting us all to join in. Listening to his stories & seeing how much he loved his family. You will be greatly missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace. Dee & Ginny Floyd
- Ginny Floyd
Thoughts and prayers are with you all ❤️
- Cassie

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