In Memory

Paula N. Kallis (Raftopoulos)

Paula N. Kallis (Raftopoulos)

Paula N. Raftopoulos, age 77 years, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning November 29, 2023.

A devoted wife and family-woman. A beautiful and caring mother. A compassionate and loyal friend. A kind and gentle soul.

Paula Raftopoulos is survived by her husband Nicholas Raftopoulos with whom she spent 57 years of happy marriage. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Mary (Mourgis) Kallis and the daughter-in-law of the late Dionysios and Nika Raftopoulos. She leaves two sons Dean Raftopoulos and his wife Holly of Kittery Maine and Peter Raftopoulos of Arlington Massachusetts. She also leaves four grandchildren Nikos, Jerry, Eve and Marielle. She also leaves 3 step-grandchildren, Matthew, Nola and Meghan. She also leaves her brother George Kallis, sister-in-law Gail Kallis and their son Philip Kallis, his wife Amy and son Logan and daughter Lilly. She was predeceased by one brother, the late Dennis Kallis.

Paula was born in Cambridge MA and lived there until the age of 8. She and her family then moved to Arlington MA where she lived for the next 12 years. She married and lived in Beverly MA for 15 years and then Lynnfield MA for the rest of her life.

Paula attended Arlington High School, Chandler School for women, and North Shore Community College where she majored in accounting. After having two children she worked as an accountant and office manager at an accounting firm and a manufacturing company during her 29-year working career.

Paula was a member of Saint Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody MA. She served as an officer in the Saint Vasilios Philotochos Society, a woman's church philanthropic organization, for over 15 years. She was also a past member of the Saint Vasilios PTA. She enjoyed chairing events and being on committees to benefit worthy charities and those in need.

In her retirement, Paula started an online jewelry business, where she created many jewelry pieces that were sold in the United States and internationally. Paula gave many of her handcrafted pieces to loving family and dear friends. Paula loved sewing, Tai Chi, and playing mahjong with her dear friends. She loved taking various classes and learning different things. But most of all she adored spending time with her precious grandchildren.