Mary Ellen Caramanis, a kind and loving wife, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on April 11, 2023, at the age of 75.
Born to Dorothy and Paul Sullivan in Cambridge, Mary Ellen grew up in Medford before moving to Arlington, where she attended high school. After graduation, she held various jobs, including working as a Secretary at a firm in Boston and at Schrafft's Candy. Mary Ellen also served as the family caretaker, looking after nieces, nephews, and other family members with a selfless devotion.
Mary Ellen is survived by her beloved husband, Ernest Caramanis of Salem, NH; her sisters, Sharon Phelan and her husband Michael of Burlington, her late brother, Paul Sullivan and Patti Simmons of Kennebunkport, Maine. her late brother, Donald Sullivan of Somerville. Elizabeth Luz of Burlington, Irene Farina of Arlington; Her nieces and nephews, Tony Matos and his wife Ingrid Matos, Michelle Sullivan and Jesse Brackett, Joseph Farina, Bobby Luz, Paul Farina, and Keriann Farina; and her great-nieces and nephews, Mason, Marisa, Marcus, Olive, and Rhett. Mary Ellen was also the caring family friend of Autumn Rose of Tennessee. She was also the loving dog-mom to Dakota and Cody, her two huskies, and Muffin, her cockapoo.
In 1987, Mary Ellen married the love of her life, Ernest Caramanis. Together, they moved to Salem, NH, and built a beautiful home that became a hub of family gatherings. Mary Ellen was an excellent host, and everyone looked forward to spending time with her and her husband. Mary Ellen opened her home to take care of Ernest’s late mother Magdalene “Yaya” Caramanis (1909-2013.)Their pool was a favorite spot for family get-togethers, and they often organized camping and glamping trips up to the White Mountains.
Mary Ellen had a passion for traveling and loved to explore new places. Her favorite trips included cruises to Bermuda and the Caribbean, visits to Hawaii and Florida, and drives up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire. She adored being the "fun aunt" and treasured the memories of taking her nieces and nephews to Disney World.
Mary Ellen will always be remembered for her kind heart, her infectious positivity, and her love for family and friends. She touched the lives of everyone who knew her, and her memory will be cherished forever.
A memorial service to celebrate Mary Ellen's life will be held on May 5, 2023, at 12 PM at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn Street, Burlington, MA 01803.
Burial will be private to family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in Mary Ellen's memory to Dana-Farber at www.dana-farber.org or the MSPCA at www.mspca.org.