Elpis (Primpas) Tsicouleas

December 19th, 2012

Elpis (Primpas) Tsicouleas, age 86, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on December 19, 2012, following a brief battle with cancer.

Elpis was born on November 28, 1926, in Boston, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Euenia (Tingus) Primpas.  She was raised and educated in Cambridge and Brighton.

Elpis married “the love of her life” John Tsicouleas in 1961 and the couple moved to Wilmington where they raised their only child Stephen, he was the light of their lives.
In the early years of their marriage, Elpis and John loved to travel with family and friends.

Elpis was all about family, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor, and friend.  She loved to gather with family for countless celebrations and feasts; Elpis was very social and she was always so proud of her family.  Elpis was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed..

Elpis was the beloved wife of more than 50 years to John Tsicouleas, devoted mother of Stephen Tsicouleas and his wife Susan of Standish, ME, loving “YaYa” of Nicole Tsicouleas, cherished daughter of the late Nicholas and Euenia (Tingus) Primpas, dear sister of George Primpas and his wife Inez of Pompano Beach, FL, the late Desi Salmonte, and Diane Batchelor, special aunt of Lisa, Paul, Ricky, and Charlie.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, on Saturday, December 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Methuen.  Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 21st from 5-7 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Elpis’ name may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 4340 East West Highway, Suite 905, Bethesda, MD 20814.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Elpis (Primpas) Tsicouleas”

  1. Stephanie and David Cross and Famili says:

    Dear John, Stephen, Susan and Nicole,

    Our prayers are with all of you. Elsie was truly one of a kind lady. Spunky and brave and loved all who knew here.

    May God Bless all of you

  2. Dan Kalafatas says:

    “Ellie” was, and will always remain, a role model – for her 50 year marriage to Johnny and for the love, laughter, and passion with which she filled her life.

    Ellie, you will be missed.


  3. Stacey Fruzzetti says:

    Dear Aunt Ellie, was the funniest, feistest woman I knew. She took care of my siter, Robin and I when we were small, leaving me with the fondest memories. I will miss her infectious laughter and I’m a better person for knowing her. My sympathies to Uncle Johnny, Stephen and his family.

  4. Michael Kalafatas says:

    I am Ellie’s nephew by way of her marriage to my uncle and godfather John, but in my heart she was my own aunt. I was an usher at their wedding a half century ago, and sat so many times at family events, listening to her set the room rocking with laughter and filling with love. To live on in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. The song has ended but the melody lingers on. To Uncle Johnny and his son Stephen, his wife Susan, and Ellie’s adored granddaughter Nicole, my wife Joan joins me in deepest condolences.

  5. Charles Gleason says:

    Steve, praying for you and your family.

  6. Dawn Kalafatas Casey says:

    Ellie was an amazing woman. She could fill a room with laughter, joy and warmth within seconds. Her positive and humorous spirit were both contagious and much welcomed. My heart is with Uncle Johnie, Stephen, Susan and Nicole – may you be comforted by the love you have for one another, and the love we have for all of you.

  7. John, Karen, & Becca Kalafatas says:

    We are so sad to hear of Ellie’s passing, but grateful to have known her. We’ll remember Ellie as always laughing, telling jokes, asking questions of others, sharing colorful opinions, and loving being around family.

  8. Joe & Carole Renzullo says:

    We were so terribly sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, Steve.
    Please accept our very deepest sympathy.

  9. Valerie Schiavone says:

    Dear Steve and Mr. Tsicouleas,

    Thank you so much for contacting my Mom, Sue Schiavone, last week. She is a bit hard of hearing; I looked up your Mom’s info but by the time she told me, it was too late to attend Saturday. My Mom and I are so sorry to hear of Ellie’s passing. She was a great lady and so kind to check up on my Mom as often as she did. It mean a lot to her and to me.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. The Gigliotti Famly says:

    Mr. “Chick” Tsicouleas and Stephen,
    We were saddened to hear of your wife and Mom’s “Ellie” passing. We hope happy memories and good times will help ease your sorrow. We still talk about “Ellie” (everyone in the neighborhood fondly called her Ellie) and how we use to pick blueberries in the neighborhood backyards and “Ellie” would tell us, “bring the blueberries here and I will bake you a pie” and she did! and we enjoyed! We also remember “Ellie” as a lunch attendant at the high school, she always made us laugh. Thanks for the memories “Ellie”.
    Our thoughts and prays are with you.
    John and Joyce, Chuck, Maryann Joanie, Florence

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