Mary (Teranes) Lemnotis, 98, of New Britain, died peacefully at home, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, with her family at her side.
Born in Unionville, she was the daughter of the late Anthony Teranes and the late Anna (Demos) Teranes Lewis. She was the stepdaughter of the late John G. Lewis. In 1941, she married the love of her life, the late Andrew P. Lemnotis II. Together they built a wonderful loving life. They had three children; Andrea Lemnotis and Irene Sklavouris, both of New Britain, and Peter A. Lemnotis and wife Linda, of Plantsville.
Mary was a very active member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, being a member of the choir since the age of 13. She was also a member of Daughters of Penelope, Philoptochos Society, Kitchen Club and Golden Rascals. Mary & Andy started Town and Country Transportation in New Britain in 1949, which is still run and operated by their children.
In addition to her children, she is survived by her sister, Sultana “Susie” Peterson of New Britain; her grandchildren, Margo Sklavouris of Plainville, Andrew Sklavouris & his girlfriend, Jo-Ann Gorka of New Britain, Tamika Harvey of East Orange, N.J., Philip Lemnotis and his wife Rebecca of Bristol; Andrew P. Lemnotis III and his husband Johnathan of Bristol, Christina Caccioppoli and her husband Brian of Ashaway, R.I.; and “grandson” Michael Esposito of New Britain. Mary had one great-granddaughter, who was her pride and joy, Rhiana Mary Sklavouris of Plainville. She was predeceased by her sister, Molly Pelletier of Waterbury.
Affectionately known as Yiaya to everyone, Mary was always a kind, caring, classy, loving woman who put her family and church above everything.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, New Britain. Calling hours are Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. with a Trisagion prayer read at 7:30 p.m. at Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home, 411 S. Main St., New Britain, and on Wednesday morning at St. George Greek Orthodox Church from 9-10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 301 W. Main St., New Britain, CT 06052, or to the American Heart Association (Americanheart.org). Please share a memory of Mary with the family in the online guestbook at www.ericksonhansen.com .