Andrea K. Karalekas

September 5th, 2017

Andrea K. Karalekas, age 25, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2017.

Born in Stoneham on November 15, 1991, Andrea was the youngest child of Charles and Georgia (Boudouris) Karalekas. She grew up in Wilmington and was a graduate of Wilmington High School, class of 2010.

After high school, Andrea attended both Southern New Hampshire University and Le Cordon Bleu, where she studied Culinary Arts. She carried her passion for food and cooking to her time working for the Odyssey Cruises in Boston.

Andrea had many other passions and hobbies. Dance always held a special place in her heart. She danced competitively and especially enjoyed tap and musical theater. Andrea also spent many years playing field hockey and soccer. She loved music and often wrote her own lyrics and poetry. Andrea loved shopping for cosmetics and jewelry with her mom and hunting for the perfect cup of coffee together. She could also be found playing card games, winning at slot machines, and beating her dad in a game of air hockey.

Andrea was very proud of her Greek culture and heritage. She was a lifelong member of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn, and she enjoyed going to Greek festivals and dancing to Greek music. Service was also very important to Andrea. A cause very dear to her was Alex’s Lemonade Stand, where she devoted time volunteering for childhood cancer.

Andrea’s love for her family was deep. She cherished many special Christmas traditions, trips to the beach with her cousins, and the time spent traveling together on Caribbean cruises, annual trips to Cape Cod and Weirs Beach, and day trips to Vermont and Newport. Her favorite time to take a day trip was in the fall for apple picking, farmer’s markets, and craft fairs. She also treasured her get togethers with her close friends. Andrea’s absence will leave a huge void in her family, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Andrea was the beloved daughter of Charles A. & Georgia A. (Boudouris) Karalekas of Wilmington. She was the loving sister of Athena M. Concannon & her husband Timothy of Watertown, and of Anthony C. Karalekas of Wilmington. She was the cherished granddaughter of Anthony K. & the late Nickaletta Karalekas of New Bedford and of the late Charles G. & Mary V. Boudouris of Reading. Andrea was the dear niece of Christine E. Boudouris of North Reading, George C. Boudouris of New York City, Paula A. Martin & her husband Anthony of Dartmouth, Christopher A. Karalekas of Shrewsbury, James A. Efstathiou of Woburn, and Daniel P. Romard of Waltham. She was the close cousin of Alexa Efstathiou & her daughter Layla Fralli, Andrew Efstathiou, and Gregory Martin. Andrea was the adored goddaughter of George C. and Constance L. Bebis of Lakeville, and she is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Everyone will remember Andrea’s big heart and infectious smile. She always had a kind word to say about others and taught us all about unconditional love.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Friday, September 8th, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn at 10:00 a.m. Please go directly to the church. Interment to follow in Wood End Cemetery, Franklin Street, Reading. Visiting hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) Wilmington, on Thursday, September 7th, from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Andrea’s name can be made to Spring Lake Ranch, 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738 and Alex’s Lemonade Stand, 111 Presidential Boulevard, Suite 203, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.


28 Entries in Guest Book for “Andrea K. Karalekas”

  1. Pat and Tim Concannon says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Take comfort and know that those who love will be reunited in eternity. You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.

  2. Juliana Jarvis says:

    Matt and I feel very sad to hear of the loss of Andrea. There are no words to convey what I want to say, but I have many happy memories of talking with Chuck and Andrea at coffee hour. I remember a JOY gathering years ago when Andrea was baking sugar cookies with us around Christmas and singing along to Christmas music. It was always apparent that you were such a loving family. May Andrea ’s memory be eternal!

  3. Liz Gregg says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have made a donation in honor of Andrea to Spring Lake Ranch. –Liz, Ashley, Mary, Karina, Jessica and Steph

  4. PJ Russo says:

    Such heartbreaking news, all of us Russo’s remember sweet little Ann always having a smile on her face with any event at our house growing up. I always looked at Ann as a little sister. Growing up we always enjoyed having Ann around, she was always in a good mood. It pains me to type this obituary because I can’t imagine the pain you all (Georgia, Chuck, Tony and Athena) are going through and that hurts me very much as you are all like a second family to me. We will all have Ann with us moving forward in our hearts and our thoughts. We are thinking about all of you and any support you need we are here for you, always.

    Love, PJ

  5. Chuck Otis says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Andrea’s passing. I remember her patience and smile as her dad and I would review our many basketball highlights at church coffee hour each week. She was a very kind person and will be missed deeply! I pray for her loving family.

  6. Meg and Phil Russo says:

    Our hearts are so broken with sadness for all of you. Ann was such a special sweet beautiful soul. We send you all prayers and love. In my mind shes on the soccer field or taking “one last dip” in our pool a hundred times. Such a gentle loving little girl. We all loved her so. Georgia, Chuck , Tony and Athena , know that she is always with you and that we are all here for you. I wish we were closer and could hug you all. God rest her sweet sweet little soul.
    Love you all. Phil and Meg

  7. Sydnee Russo says:

    My family’s hearts and prayers go out to all of you during this time of mourning. Andrea was a beautiful, one of a kind soul. I have countless childhood memories swimming in the pool with her and laughing on the computer. I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful girl; she will always be by your side in spirit. Rest In Peace Andrea.
    Love you all, Sydnee

  8. Deborah Boyajian says:

    Dearest Christine and family, I am so sorry about Andrea. So young, so very much loved, and obviously passionate about life and family. My heartfelt condolences.
    Debbie Boyajian
    (Friend of Christine)

  9. Nancy Hurley says:

    To the Karalekas Family:
    My condolences go out to you and your loved ones who are affected so deeply by this great loss. Andrea will always be someone who brought light and kindness into the world, and without her in it is missing all the good she brought. I will always remember her and all the happiness and delicious baked goods she gave.
    Nancy Hurley and Family
    (Friend of Andrea from high school)

  10. Carolyn Tangas Herbert says:

    Love and prayers are with you at this most difficult of times. We are all so sorry for your loss.

  11. Monique & Roberto Magno says:

    We are so sorry for your loss – your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Ellen Goodland says:

    To the Karalekas family, I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart is broken to hear of Andrea’s passing. Sending prayers to all of you during this most heartbreaking time.
    Ellen Goodland and family

  13. Deborah Fuller says:

    Chuck, my heart goes out you and your family. I know how much love you have for your family and your daughter. Our prayers and thought are with in this difficult time. Take care and be strong.

  14. Bruce Barron says:

    To Chuck and the entire Karalekas family, my deepest condolences.

  15. Bill Poquette says:

    To Chuck & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts & prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

  16. Karen Perron says:

    To the entire Karalekas Family,
    So very sorry and sad to hear of Andrea’s passing. Sending prayers and strength to you during this difficult time.

  17. Krystin St. George says:

    Dear Chuck and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful daughter Andrea. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  18. Jay Marvin says:

    Dear Chuck and family, my condolences to you and your loved ones. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  19. Kathy Chalmers, and family says:

    My heart is broken for all of you. There are no words that can be said….only prayers.

  20. Michael and Cindy Barcellos says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  21. Marie Romano says:

    Georgia, Tina & George
    I am so sorry for your loss. Andrea was so fortunate to have had such a
    loving family. I know that Bob and your Mom & Dad will embrace her.
    (Bob passed away on May 5) You and your family are in my thoughts and
    (Mom &

    Georgia, Tina & George,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Andrea was so fortunate to have had such a
    loving family. I know that Bob and your Mom & Dad will embrace her.
    (Bob passed away on May 5). You and your family are in my thoughts and
    (Mom & Dad’s neighbor)

  22. Susan and Steve Earls says:

    Our hearts are filled with sadness for all of you. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  23. Scott Stevens says:

    Dear Chuck and family:
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you.
    (Scott & all the staff at Maximum, Inc)

  24. Joanne McArdle says:

    Dear Georgia,Chuck, Athena, and Tony,
    I am so, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May her memory be eternal.

  25. Cecily Robinson says:

    Dear Chuck, Georgia and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
    The wonderful memories you have of Andrea and the special times you had together help.

  26. Cathy Lewis & Family says:

    We were so sorry to hear about Andrea’s passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.

  27. Stephanie, Peter, Rachel and Addie Saloman says:

    We were heartbroken to hear the news about Andrea. Our family sends our deepest sympathy to you all and we will forever keep you all in our prayers.
    God bless you all.

  28. Lisa M. Efstathiou says:

    I only met my cousin Andrea once, when we were little girls. I still feel the pain of losing a member of our big Greek family and I wish comfort and a quick healing period for my family in Boston. Sending our love from Chicago.

    Uncle Tommy, Aunt Teri, Jason, Kris, Lisa, Kristen, Ryan, Pheona and Madison

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