WATERFORD, CT - (From Byles Memorial Home) Lucille K. Pantelis, 89, of Waterford, CT, passed away on May 16, 2020, peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 25, 1931 in Bangor, Maine, the daughter of the late Donald S. Kimball and Marian E. Phillips.
She was married to Peter G. Pantelis on August 21, 1960 at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in New Haven, CT and celebrated 56 years of marriage prior to Peter’s passing in October 2016.
Lucille graduated from Hamden High School and received her nursing degree in 1953 from UCONN where she met her future husband. Mrs. Pantelis worked as a Registered Nurse for 30 years, first as Head Nurse at Grace New Haven Hospital, and later as an evening supervisor at Nutmeg Pavilion in New London, CT.
Lucille had the gift of music and was an extremely talented sight-reader, an accomplished flutist of the Noank Community Band, as well as an original member of the Waterford Community Band. After converting to the Greek Orthodox faith, she was a long-time member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in New London. She was a person of deep faith and very devoted to the church community. She took organ lessons and became the church organist where she served loyally for 46 years.
She travelled extensively as a child and later took many family vacations. Her trips included: Damariscotta Lake in Maine, Lake Shasta in California, a cruise to Alaska, overseas to visit her heritage in England, and other ventures to Scotland, Ireland, Greece, and to the Holy Land in Israel.She was an avid Bridge player, competing in tournaments and continued weekly games in
Waterford where she developed many friendships. In her later years, she kept her mind sharp by completing daily paper Jumbles and Crosswords, and playing online games. She was a lifetime fan of the UCONN Girl’s Basketball Team, the Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
Lucille leaves behind a loving family: her beloved sister, Ann Heinrichs of Croton-On-Hudson, NY; Son, Peter G. Pantelis, Jr., and wife Brenda of Stratford, CT; Daughter, Irene A. Burrows of Waterford; Son, Thomas S. Pantelis and wife Erin of Dunedin, FL; and two grandchildren: Kristin Pantelis of Stratford and Lauren Hill of Los Angeles, CA. Her beloved kitty, Marbles, misses her dearly.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the team at Beacon Hospice and Sarah from CareCo. of Waterford.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held Thursday, May 21, at Cedar Grove Cemetery, where she will be buried next to her husband. Byles Memorial Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Live stream service information can be acquired by contacting Byles Memorial at (860) 442-0343.