1913 – 2013
SCARBOROUGH — Antigone Bournakel of Lewiston passed away on Jan. 20 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, after a brief illness. She was 99 years old.
Born in Arkadia, Greece, on March 15, 1913, to Michael and Emily Lysikatos, she was the sixth of 10 children. Antigone came to the U.S. in 1935 as a young bride. She and her husband, Spiro Bournakel, settled in Lewiston, where they raised three children.
In addition to being a loving wife and mother, grandmother, sister and aunt to her family, Antigone was an active, faithful and devoted member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church community. The depth of her faith and dedication to the church was exemplified over 75 years of service, as she lent her talents to every need of the church. In 2002, Antigone received a Boston Diocesan Award for her service to the church community.
Antigone was the spiritual and emotional center of her family, raising her three children and maintaining intimate connections with her grandchildren, as well as all of her relatives throughout her life. Antigone and Spiro always took time to support their families in Greece. After World War II they brought nephews from Greece to their home, where they completed their schooling, and later sponsored other family members relocating to the U.S.
Along with dinners and holidays surrounded by her children and grandchildren, Antigone loved cooking and hosting family and friends at Tacoma Lakes in Litchfield, as well as spending time in Livadi, Greece, with her beloved family, near the village of Melana, where she grew up.
Antigone’s loving, generous heart and positive spirit will be forever missed by her family, friends and all who had the good fortune of knowing her.
Predeceased by her husband of 46 years in 1981; her son, Charles Bournakel, in 2012; and her grandson, Stefan Bournakel, in 2004; she is survived by her son, George Bournakel of Yarmouth and his wife, Kay; her daughter, Angela Bournakel of Yarmouth; her daughter-in-law, Kiki Bournakel of Lewiston; and her sister, Fani Alexandrou of Athens, Greece. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Dean Bournakel of Largo, Fla., Christina Bournakel of Portland, Christopher Bournakis of Auburn and Nicholas Bournakel of Portland; one great-grandchild, Nicos Bournakel of Kentfield, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
In recent years, Antigone lived with her daughter in Yarmouth. For the last two and a half years she was a resident at Falmouth By The Sea in Falmouth. The family wishes to thank the staff at Falmouth By The Sea for the wonderful care and support that they provided to Antigone in her last years and to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for the comfort provided to her in her last days of life.
You are invited to offer condolences and pay tribute to Antigone’s life by visiting her guest book at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.