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Theonike "Nike" Economos, 95.

NORTHBORO Theonike "Nike" Economos, 95, of Northboro, MA since 2004, formerly of Cranston passed away Wednesday June 6, 2007. Born in Corfu, Greece a daughter of the late John and Olympia (Spyropoulos) Papatheodorou, she was predeceased by her devoted husband Nicholas, and tragically by her son John at age 4.

With her extremely skilled bookkeeping and secretarial skills, she was employed during WWII as a Secretary to top naval officials at the US Naval Torpedo Station in Newport, RI.

Upon moving to Providence and Cranston she was the office manager of her late husband's company RELCO Carbide Tools, and later, Colonial Machine and Tool. She was secretary to the director to the Museum of the RI School of Design, and was also employed as a secretary in the Modern Language Department of Brown University. Mrs. Economos spoke fluent and perfect Greek and had a working knowledge of French and Spanish.

Nike was a talented homemaker and lent her creativity to family events as well as to those put on by the organizations to which she belonged and to church functions, especially the Annunciation Church festivals and bazaars.

She created beautiful pieces of crochet work, knitting, embroidery, and clothing. Cooking and especially baking were her forte'. Her grandchildren looked forward always to her "koulourakia" and "diples" and her "finikia" have a reputation of being the best.

Mrs. Economos was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church of Cranston. Along with her late husband she was awarded the Medal of the Order of St. Andrew by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. She lent her voice to the church choir for over 40 years. She was a member of the Philoptochos Society of the church, and served as Secretary, Treasurer, and for two terms as President from 1977-1981. She was also a member of the Daughters of Penelope, and served as President of that organization as well.

Her greatest joy in her later years were her three grandsons. In 2004 she moved from RI to Northboro, MA to reside with her daughter Irene Thalia Savas and son-in- law Dr. Athan Savas. There she has been an avid supporter of the Greek dance troupe, the V.E.V.A. Hellenic Dance Ensemble and the Boston Chapter of the Lykeion ton Ellindon.

Besides her daughter and son- in- law, she is survived by her three grandsons, Michael Nicholas, Andrew Athan, and his wife Aransas, and Gregory John.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service Monday at 11 AM in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church , 175 Oaklawn Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920. Burial will be in North Burial Ground, Providence. CALLING HOURS Sunday 4-8 PM at the "WOODLAWN" Funeral Home 600 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or V.E.V.A. Hellenic Dance Ensemble P.O. Box 653 Northboro, MA 01532.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 9, 2007
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