Mary Mitrelis

Mary Mitrelis, 92, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at her home. She was the wife of the late Theodore Mitrelis.

Born in Rumford, she was a daughter of the late Konstantinos and Zaharoula (Vasilikiotis) Tsonos. Mrs. Mitrelis, along with her husband, was the owner and operator of several restaurants including the former Theo’s Restaurant in East Providence. Prior to the restaurant business she worked as a secretary for many years, and after retiring worked at Macy’s Department Store. Mrs. Mitrelis was a lifelong member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Pawtucket. She was a 1945 graduate of East Providence High School, a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society and a graduate of Bryant College. Mary’s grandson Nick had a very close relationship with his grandmother and wrote the following tribute to her.  “My Yaya was a beautiful person. I know from all the precious years she was in my life that she had an unlimited capacity for love, kindness, forgiveness and generosity. She made the world a brighter, gentler and happier place.”

She leaves one daughter, Sophia Gonzalez and her husband Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez of Puerto Rico, one grandson, Nicholas T. Sotis, who lived with and cared for her in her later years, one sister, Anastasia Tsonos of Cumberland, and one brother, John Tsonos of Cumberland. She was the sister of the late Stephen C. Tsonos and George K. Tsonos.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue with a service to follow at 9:30 AM in the funeral home. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Democratic National Committee would be appreciated.



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9 entries.
Rosie from Pawtucket wrote on August 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm
So sorry for your loss. I worked with her in Macy’s . She was a lovely sweet person.. She was wonderful. She will be missed. God bless her and her family..
joan carlson plouff from rumford wrote on August 20, 2020 at 10:54 am
Dear Metrelis and Tsonos families, I was saddened to hear of Mary's passing. My family was always fond of the Tsonos family who lived next door to my Grandparents on Nevada Ave. We then enjoyed Ted and Mary's restaurants. My late husband Leon used to do short order cooking for Ted at the Greek Island. Yummy food. Sophia used to be afraid of my dad Kenneth and I was afraid of good old Uncle Nick. Lot's of memories. May Mary rest in peace after many years of hard work. She always had a kind gentle way of greeting you. The Carlson and Plouff families send our sincere condolences. Fondly, Joan Carlson Plouff.
Peter Letendre from Portsmouth RI wrote on August 7, 2020 at 8:13 am
Mary,Ted , Sophia and Young Nick were a mainstay in my years in the Restaurant business. My Tuesday’s with sausage and peppers while taking the order a mainstay in my weekly diet. I was privileged to know all of your family and Mary’s class and steadfast commitment were something I will never forget, My Miss Mary
Janet and Kevin Miller from Rumford wrote on July 23, 2020 at 9:35 pm
Dear Nick and family, we have so many wonderful memories of your grandparents during the 20 plus years we’ve been neighbors. We loved Mary’s special cookies she made us at the holidays. I especially enjoyed the afternoon I spent with your grandparents when they taught me how to make some favorite Greek dishes. Mary was a kind and gentle soul. May she Rest In Peace. We send our sincerest condolences.
Diane Baxter from East Providence wrote on July 23, 2020 at 2:11 pm
Nick and Sophia, I am so deeply sorry for your loss of your YaYa/mother. She was a warm, caring, and lovely woman. John and I loved her very much. We were so fortunate to have had so many fun times with her and Theo. They were our favorite neighbors. Nick, you gave her such a loving gift of living with and taking wonderful care of her for many years. What a blessing you were to her. She loved you so much.
Diane D'Ascoli from EAST PROVIDENCE wrote on July 22, 2020 at 9:40 am
Remembering Mary as greeting us when we would follow her and Ted wherever they went in the restaurant business with their sidekick Sophia serving as a waitress. Mary greeting us with that wonderful smile. They always made us feel loved. Diane & Richard D'Ascoli
Trent Ferrara & Ken Fish from East Greenwich wrote on July 22, 2020 at 8:46 am
Nick, So sorry to have learned of YaYa’s passing. Your special relationship with her will be with you always and that connection will guide you through your life’s journey. Sophia, My sincere condolences to you and your entire family. We have, in the past few years, had the opportunity to watch Nick grow and we know how much he loved and respected his YaYa. You raised a wonderful, thoughtful young man. You should be very proud of him, as I’m sure his Ya Ya will always be. Cousins, Trent & Ken.
Joyce Medeiros Leven from Seekonk wrote on July 22, 2020 at 6:59 am
I was saddened to read of Mary’s passing. I spent many years working for the Mitrelis family and no one was as kind as Mary. She truly loved her family and especially her Daughter Sophia and grandson Nicholas. No one was as hard working or more loyal than Mary. Sophia And Nick may you find peace in the days ahead knowing that your mother and YaYa was a blessing to this world. Joyce Medeiros Leven
Karen Douglas & Rick Douglas from Seekonk wrote on July 21, 2020 at 6:04 pm
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom/grandmother. She was a sweet woman. May she RIP