Born: June 15, 1925
Died: April 26, 2014
Michael A. Mountzuris, 88, of Leominster, formerly of Clinton, died peacefully on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Leominster Hospital, after a brief illness.
He leaves two sons: John M. Mountzuris, with whom he lived, and Theodore M. Mountzuris and his wife, Anna, of Byfield, MA; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Mountzuris, of Leominster; a sister, Sophia Moschos, of Dallas, TX; and four grandchildren: Matthew, Marianthe, Andrew and Christopher. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Nicoletta (Gamvas) Mountzuris, who died in 2000, their son, Arthur M. Mountzuris, who died in 2001, and a brother, George Montouris, who died in 2011.
Michael was born in Georgoutsates, Northern Epirus, Greece, son of Arthur and Aristoula (Gazianis) Mountzuris, and was raised there until immigrating to the United States in 1938, at which time, he, his parents, and siblings settled in Clinton. He was a 1981 Cum Laude graduate of Fitchburg State College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
A skilled welder and pipefitter, Michael was a member of the Local 92 (later, Local 4) for more than 50 years, until the time of his death. In 1972, he began teaching his trade to local union members, and in 1974, began teaching full-time at Leominster Trade High School. He continued to teach in both capacities until retiring in 1990. A man dedicated to his trade, and his students, Michael’s efforts were recognized many times, including a Certificate of Appreciation as an Instructor of Journeymen and Apprentices from Purdue University, and a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Dedication and Contributions made as a teacher at Leominster Trade High School. Through the years, he stayed in touch with many of his former students, and was truly proud of their accomplishments.
Michael was a devout member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Clinton. A loving family man who worked hard to provide for his family, he most enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren.
Michael’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from the McNally & Watson Funeral Home, 304 Church St., Clinton, with a service at 11:00 a.m. in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 132 School St., Clinton. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery, Worcester. Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 132 School St., Clinton, MA 01510.