Perci (Persephone Pagones) Vozeolas, age 94, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in Falmouth, MA.
Born May 6, 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA to Louis Anthony and Marianthe (Siratsis) Pagones, Perci moved to Delhi, New York, but spent most of her childhood in Beacon, New York, where her family owned the Boston Candy Kitchen, a restaurant and ice cream shop. Throughout her teens, she worked at the shop alongside her parents and brothers (George and Babe), where her big smile, easy going nature, and positive attitude made her popular with customers and throughout her life.
Perci attended Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, and in 1947 graduated from Katharine Gibbs School in New York City.
In 1950, she married Eleutherios George Vozeolas and moved to Lowell where she raised her family. This move marked the beginning of Perci’s life as a New Englander, but she always considered herself a New Yorker.
Although Perci may not have considered herself a trailblazer, she worked full time and raised her family. That juggling act may not seem unusual today, but it certainly was 70 years ago. During her career, she served as executive secretary to several presidents of large companies, including Robert Leonard/Baron Peters, a nationally known dress manufacturer in Lowell and Herman Miller Furniture in Boston, as well as to the president of Middlesex Community College in Bedford.
Perci and El retired to West Yarmouth MA in 1991, where she remained active and worked many years at the John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce as a visitor concierge staff member till 2017. It was an easy job, since Perci always said to visitors and tourists, “it never rains on the Cape”. She also volunteered for many years at the Historical Society of Old Yarmouth where she was a recording secretary (15years), docent supervisor (10 years), and trustee retiring 5 years ago. In addition, she gave her time to Hyannis’s annual Pops by the Sea Concert and the Hyannis Yacht Club Regatta where she has been a member since 1987.
Perci loved traveling, reading, watching the Patriots, attending concerts and musicals, her friends, fashion, and anything that helped her avoid cooking.
She was an inveterate organizer of get togethers, and until recently, Perci and El would be at the Hyannis Yacht Club every Friday night having dinner with at least eight friends.
In addition to El, her husband of 70 years, she is survived by her son George and his daughters, Gwen and Sara, daughter Marianne Batgos and her husband Tom, and their son Jim. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who will tell you that Aunt Perci was their favorite! She is predeceased by her two brothers, George and Anthony (Babe) Pagones.
Service will be at Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Father John Sarantos Way, Lowell on Monday, November 30 at 11:30AM. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to The Historical Society of Old Yarmouth, P.O. Box 11, Yarmouth Port MA 02675 or The Cape Cod Hunger Network, c/o The Family Pantry, 133 Queen Anne Road, Harwich, MA 02645.
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