Lisa Gail (Stathas) Johnson

January 26, 2008

Lisa Gail (Stathas) Johnson

LISA GAIL (STATHAS) JOHNSON – in Woburn, 46 years of age, passed away Saturday, January 26th, surrounded by family and friends after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. She was the most loving and compassionate wife of Mark E. Johnson and most devoted mother of Nicholas E. and Matthew M. all of Woburn. She also leaves twin brother Phillip Stathas and wife Marie of Leominster, Alexander Stathas and wife Lilianna of Millis, Fotios Stathas and wife Maria of Dracut, George Stathas and wife Carol of Wellesley and sister Maria DiCenso and husband Ubaldo of Saugus. She is the daughter of Spiro and the late Avgerini Stathas of Dedham. Also survived by mother-in-law Mary E. Johnson, sisters-in-law Karen and Gayle Johnson, all of Revere, and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Annunciation of the Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Avenue, Woburn on Thursday, January 31st, at 11 a.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Wednesday, January 30th, from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations may be made in Lisa Gail’s memory to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste 250, Dallas, TX 75244. May her cherished memory live on in the many lives she touched and comforted.

OBITUARY:

Lisa Gail Johnson of Woburn passed away Saturday, January 26th, surrounded by family and friends after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer. The beloved wife of Mark E. Johnson, she was forty-six years of age.

Born in Boston, Lisa Gail was the daughter of Spiro Stathas of Dedham and the late Avgerini (Kaloudis) Stathas. Her family resided in Roslindale, where they owned Spiro’s Coffee Shop and King Pyrrhus Restaurant, which all of the children participated in with their parents. When Lisa Gail was in the 8th grade her family moved to Dedham, where she continued her education, graduating from Dedham High School in 1980. Following high school, she was employed by Raytheon in their Missile Systems Division and attended Bentley College in the evenings.

After earning her degree in Business Management, she left Raytheon in 1997 and took a position as Senior Financial Analyst for M/A-COM. In July of 1998, she met her husband Mark, who also worked for M/A-COM, and one year later, they celebrated a September wedding.

Prior to her marriage, Lisa Gail had been residing in West Roxbury with her siblings, to whom she was very close, especially her twin brother, Phillip. Since losing their mother in 1993, Lisa Gail had taken on the responsibility of family matriarch and was completely happy and selfless in her role. Extremely dedicated to her family, she organized holiday and birthday celebrations, making each one uniquely special. Lisa Gail was outgoing and had a wonderful gift for conversation. She enjoyed traveling and had visited San Francisco and Bermuda several times, as she loved basking in the sun.

After their marriage, Lisa Gail and Mark resided in Woburn, where they were raising their two boys, Nicholas and Matthew. The consummate wife and mother, she left work in 2000 to devote herself to Mark and the boys. In 2004, Lisa Gail was diagnosed with breast cancer and so began her valiant and courageous battle with the disease that took her life on Saturday.

Lisa Gail was preceded in death by her mother, Avgerini (Kaloudis) Stathas.

She is lovingly survived by her husband, Mark E. Johnson, her sons, Nicholas E. and Matthew M. , her twin brother, Phillip Stathas and wife Marie of Leominster, her brothers, Alexander Stathas and wife Lilianna of Millis, Fotios Stathas and wife Maria of Dracut, George Stathas and wife Carol of Wellesley and her sister Maria DiCenso and husband Ubaldo of Saugus. Also surviving are her mother-in-law, Mary E. Johnson, sisters-in-law Karen and Gayle Johnson, all of Revere, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Annunciation of the Greek Orthodox Church, 70 Montvale Avenue, Woburn, on Thursday, January 31st, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours will be held at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, January 30th, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Lisa Gail’s memory to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste 250, Dallas, TX 75244 or by phone at 1-877 GO KOMEN, (toll-free 1-877-465-6636). May her cherished memory live on in the many lives she touched and comforted.

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  1. To Phil,Marie and Family,
    Our hearts are heavy for your loss of your beloved sister Lisa Gail. Phil, I know if Lisa Gail was as wonderful, compassionate, and loving as you, a treasure has been lost. Our love and sympathy are with your entire family at this time of your grief and ‘Oh Theos Na Ene Mazee Soo’. If there is anything that we can do, please do not hesitate to call on us. Love to you and Marie. May her memory be eternal.
    Connie Zangles Cleary

  2. Mark,

    I was saddened to hear of Lisa Gail’s passing, she was a special gem of a person! My deepest condolences. I’m sure she considered herself lucky to have found you and left this world with a joyful heart for the wonderful life and family you both made together.

    Her spirit will live on in your memories and in the lives of your two boys! Feel joy in the fact that she loved you with all her heart; you are both blessed and lucky to have shared that together. She is at peace now and with time you will get there too!

    God Bless
    Donna Lindsey

  3. Phil,

    I am so sorry to hear the loss of your dear sister. I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. May God give you and your family the courage to bear the pain caused by this loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

    Satinder

  4. Phil,

    I am so sorry to hear that Lisa has lost her battle and you are so right in that her pain has ended and yours has just begun. Grieving is natural and healthy…and while it may not seem possible now, God will bring you to the point where memories of her life and your relationship wukk be happy and joyful. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Sandie Rodrigue

  5. To Mark, Phil, the Johnson and Stathas Families

    I was so saddened to hear of Gail’s passing and express my deepest sympathies to all of you. I was priviledged to know and work with Gail while at M/A-COM. She was a wonderful person and I was so honored to be a part of the wedding celebration of Mark and Gail. May God’s ever embracing love and comfort surround all of you. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace”.

    Lynn Wooley

  6. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I had the pleasure of working with Gail many years ago at M/A-COM. She was a wonderful person and I felt honnered to be invited to your wedding. She will be missed by all but will never be forgotten.

    Sincerely
    Dan Callahan

  7. Lisa and I were more than dear friends for 25 years, we were sisters. She was a very special person…intelligent, attractive, competent, and very caring. She always went out of her way to help others and gave one thousand percent to whatever she did. I have many fond memories, but will always hold being at the beach down the Cape as most dear. She loved the ocean, sun, and sand. Lisa was lucky enough to marry her soul mate and become mother to two beautiful boys. I thought of her as an angel on earth, now in heaven. I will miss her very much but take comfort that she is resting peacefully. Not to worry Lisa…the boys will be well cared for.
    — Love Lois

  8. To the Families:

    I did not know Lisa, but have worked with her brother George and if she is anything like him, I know she was a wonderful person to have been around and share life with.

    Her wonderful memories should always reign strong in your hearts as she is always with you.

    One day you will be reunited and you will see how happy she is being cancer-free.

    I too wish this awful disease would disappear and a cure found soon.

    From a friend. Debbie

  9. Words cannot express how sorry we are over the loss of Lisa. She was Lois’s best friend and we all loved her…she was a member of our family. She was one of the kindest, most selfless people we had ever known. We will miss her immensely and always hold her in our hearts. We feel blessed to have known such a wonderful human being.

  10. To the Johnson and Stathas Family: I am so very saddened to hear of Gail’s passing. There are not words to express how unbelievable, unthinkable this all is. She was a remarkable person. I was so fortunate to work with Gail at Raytheon, but most of all to have her as my friend. I still cannot believe this has happened. I send my heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Know that I will never forget her and she will live forever through all of us. She is an angel with her Mom in Heaven and will always watch over you.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Maureen Foster, Raytheon Co.

  11. I knew Gail years ago when she worked at Raytheon in Bedford. I remember her as being very devoted to her family, and very dedicated to advancing her career. She was always a bundle of energy and so very friendly. My deepest condolences to Gail’s husband, children, Dad and brothers and sisters. You are in my prayers.

  12. Phil,

    My deepest Sympathy to you and your family. I did not have the joy of meeting Gail, but have heard so many great things about her. My heart and payers go out to you.

    Christine Turmel

  13. Phil and family,

    We were so very sorry to hear of Gail’s passing she was too young. She was such a special person and everyone that knew her loved her. Our thoughts and hearts go out to Mark, the children and her family.

    Gail is in a very special place reserved just for her. We will see you on Wed. evening.

    Bob and Paula

  14. Johnson and Stathas Family,
    Your entire family is in our hearts and prayers. Gail will be greatly missed by all, we must now proceed to remember all of the wonderful memories we’ve shared with Gail. Heaven has truly gained an exceptional angel!
    All our love during these hard times.
    The Begnoche Family,
    Nick, Holly and Cameron

  15. To the Johnson and Stathos Familes:

    My deepest sympathies and prayers are with you all at this time. Gail was truly a remarkable and very special person who will be missed by all. She touched everyone.

    Laura S. Strickland

  16. To George, Carol, and family.
    Our deepest love and sympathy for your loss. Gale was and always will be a very special person. Please know how much we love you, and you’re in our prayers.
    Love,
    Stratis – Allicon Families

  17. Phil & Marie & Family…

    God Bless you all…..She was a wonderful human being and will be missed by all…

    Love…Ju Ju

  18. Mary Maynard, I want to tell you all what I tell those who lose a loved one: “Keep the memories of her in your mind, keep her close in your heart and always in your prayers. No one can ever take that from you.” Just remember she is closer than you think being an Angel of God. If you ask him for a sign that she is home and she is happy now you will get a sign and then you will know that she is home safely. Your Families are in my prayers. I will see you all Wednesday night. She was a wonderful person and she did touch a lot of lives. I know I will never forget her.

  19. Phil,
    Words cannot express the sadness that I feel about Gail’s passing. My prayers are with you and your family and with Mark and the children. I was privileged to have known and worked with Gail. I felt honored to be at Mark and Gail’s wedding.
    Sincerely,
    Kathy da Silva

  20. Phil and Marie and family,
    Our deepest sympathy is with you for the loss of your sister.
    We know how close you were and how missed she will be. May she rest in peace now, free of pain.
    In our thoughts and prayers,
    Russell & Lynne Wise

  21. To Stathas and Johnson Family :
    Our deeply sympathy .
    Gale you will always have a special place at our heart,
    Argiris Family

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