Louis Christo, husband of Constance (Kessaris) Christo of Beverly and father of George Christo of North Andover and Stephen Christo of Beverly, died on March 5, 2015 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House.
Louis was born in Holyoke, MA of Greek immigrant parents Mary and George Christodoulou on December 4, 1918. At 2 years of age, Louis and his parents relocated to Greece to live in the family village of Koutely. Their family grew to seven children (Louis and six sisters). Being the oldest male, he helped his father care for the family by working in the fields, and also attended school. In his late teens, Louis had the opportunity to return to the USA to chase his own American dream. He never forgot his little Greek village with large family and friends over his lifetime. He visited often and proudly continued to help support his family for many years. The homeland of his forefathers was always a source of pride and love which he shared with many. When Louis moved back to his birthplace, Holyoke, MA, he lived with his Aunt and Uncle while working in their luncheonette. Over the years, Louis developed cooking and business skills in the restaurant business. Those skills served him well when he joined the US Army in 1942 through 1946. He eventually was based stateside at Camp Edwards as a cook and later as a proud part of the NCO Club with cooking, procurement, and distribution responsibilities. Louis would love to tell stories of people and incidents that occurred in the all night luncheonette and the always active NCO Club. He made lifelong friends and shared his pride of being a US Army veteran in the country he loved.
At the near end of his military career, Louis met the love of his life, Constance. The shy Greek girl in the red shoes was at a USO dance. They married on September 29, 1946, were blessed with two devoted sons and a large extended family in the USA and Greece. Constance worked for GE, and succeeded in gaining post war employment for her new husband, Louis. He worked in Holyoke and then Lynn for 33 years. During a five year stretch of economic hardship for GE, Louis attended Barber school and worked as a professional barber for four years.
Throughout his active and varied life, Louis enjoyed his family and hobbies. Family vacations to Greece, much international travel with Constance, golf, bowling, playing cards, Greek food, Greek dancing, Greek music, Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and his beloved Suffolk Downs were the activities that kept him active and engaged in life for many years. His retirement years were consumed with enjoyment, and his enthusiasm was contagious to all with him. Louis was a humble and joyous man with a big smile and warm embrace for all he met. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Surviving him in addition to his wife Constance are his sons, George Christo and his wife Pamela of North Andover; Stephen Christo and his wife Beverly of Beverly; Grandsons George Christo Jr. and his wife Kimberly of Washington, D.C.; Gregory Christo and his wife Tracy of North Andover; and James Christo of Beverly; Great Grandchildren, George III and Carly of Washington, D.C. ; Benjamin and Sophia of North Andover; a niece, Eleni Valeras and her husband George and their children Angelo and Stephanos of Nashua, NH; four sisters, Kay, Tasia, Nickolitsa and Theodora all of Greece; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws in the USA and Greece. Louis was predeceased by his beloved parents, George and Mary Christodoulou; sisters Vasiou and Eleni; cherished mother in law Mary Kessaris and father in law James Kessaris and many beloved in laws of the Kessaris family.
Funeral services will be held at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A visiting hour will be held prior to the service on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Burial in Central Cemetery, Beverly. Contributions may be made in his memory to St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Paleologos Street, Peabody, MA 01960 or Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
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