LUDLOW-Calliope “Phylis” Ottomaniello, 86, of Lyon Street in Ludlow passed away peacefully on Holy Thursday evening (3/29/18') at Agawam Health Care. Phylis is now reunited with her loving husband, Joseph and daughter, Jo-Ann in Heaven. Just as Jesus broke bread on this day and gave it to his disciples, uttering the words; "This is my body, which is given for you” Phylis’ loving daughters and family gave their mother back to God and to eternal life, her family surrounding Phylis with their love. Phylis was born on October 3, 1931 in Springfield, Mass. the daughter of Peter Patrakis, an immigrant from Greece and Evelyn Casino of Springfield, Mass. She grew up in Springfield, attending local schools and graduated from The High School of Commerce. She married Joseph F. Ottomaniello on February 3, 1952 and they settled on Hermitage Drive in Springfield to raise their family. Phylis worked as a puzzle catcher at Milton Bradley and as the manager of the Domestics Department at the former Zayre’s stores. She retired in 1972 and spent many years doting on her grandchildren and traveling with her husband to many USS Leedstown reunions and collecting ducks. As time went on, her house filled up so many ducks that each family member was able to choose several as mementos of Grandma. She loved the beach and family gatherings. Her legacy will live on with her recipes for meatballs and Greek cookies. She was a devoted communicant of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Springfield. Phylis was sadly predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Ottomaniello on August 2, 2005 and her cherished daughter, Jo-Ann on December 11, 1952. She leaves two devoted daughters; Marie E. Berthiaume and her husband Roland of Ludlow and Tina L. Frye and her husband Joseph of Springfield; her loving grandchildren, Craig Berthiaume and his wife, Dana, Carrie Berthiaume, Eric Frye and his wife Amy, Lisa Frye and her boyfriend Nick Alford and Daniel Frye and his fiancée, Kayla Brown and four cherished great-great grandchildren; Ashley & Courtney Berthiaume and Shane & Gabriel Frye as well as several nieces and nephews including Michael and his wife Jane. Michael who always brought Phylis her favorite donut and Jane have always been very supportive of our family. She also leaves her two cats Jesse and Dario. The family would like to thank the staff at Agawam Health Care, especially Val, as well as Beacon Hospice who treated our mother with dignity and respect as her health declined. We are grateful for their compassion showed to our family during this journey. The Family invites you to join them on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker St., Spfld. at 11:00 A.M. to celebrate the Liturgy of Christian burial for Phylis. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Phylis ashes will be interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery following the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phylis’ memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of your choice.
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