Published in the January 12, 2018 edition

MELROSE — Christine (Harris) Petmezakis, a longtime resident of Melrose, died on January 6, 2018. Christine was born on September 18, 1932 to George and Efrosene (Chickles) Harris. She was raised in Mattapan and graduated from Hyde Park High School. Christine continued her education at the Fay School in Boston and went on to work as a legal secretary for Paul T. Smith in Boston.

Christine married her late husband, George, and settled in Malden, then Melrose to raise their family. After her children grew older, Christine returned to working as a legal secretary for Killam & Cinella Law Firm in Melrose. After losing George in 1978, Christine moved her career as a legal secretary to Boston with the firm of Shriberg and Sorbello, and finally the law firm of Ropes and Gray. She retired in 1998. Christine was a devoted member of her Church. She was a member of the Philoptochos Organization, attended Bible study, and volunteered as an Office Angel. Christine even started the Church book store. In addition to her time volunteering at Church, Christine also spent time volunteering at the Melrose Public Library, and was a member of their book club. She was also a volunteer for the Bridge in Melrose serving as a reading aid in the Winthrop School. Over the course of her life, Christine travelled throughout the world to places such as the Holy Lands, Paris, London, Greece, California, Austria, and Oberammergau, Germany.

The most important part of Christine’s life was her family. She was always at her happiest surrounded by those she loved. She’ll be greatly missed by them all.

Christine was the beloved wife of the late George J. Petmezakis. Mother of Elaine Kakis and her husband Evan of Illinois, Joyce Powell and her husband Jay of Tyngsborough, Anne Hartigan Pankratz and her husband Michael of Billerica.  Grandmother of Stephan and his wife Christina, George, Paula and her husband Will, Katherine, Christina, George, and Jennifer. Step-grandmother of Christine and David. Great-grandmother of Angelo, Sia, and Henry.  Sister-in-law of Katherine Gountanis and her husband Nick of Calif., Cynthia Harris, and Priscilla Harris. Pre-deceased by her parents, her brothers James Harris and John Harris, and her son-in-law Bruce Hartigan. Also survived by many Godchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, January 9, at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose.  A funeral service was held Wednesday, January 10, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn. Interment followed the service at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Relatives and friends were respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Christine’s name to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Mortgage Reduction Fund, 70 Montvale Ave., Woburn, MA 01801. To leave an online message of condolence please visit