Elenora Kochis - age: 96
(August 28, 1917 to January 16, 2014
Friends and relatives may call Wednesday January 22, 2014 from 12 to 1 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate 365 Main St, Saco. A funeral service will immediately follow at 1:00PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery,
Rev. Beverly Lowell and Dr. Rev. Burton Howe of the United Baptist Church will officiate.
Elenora (Nora) Kochis 96, a longtime resident of Saco and Biddeford, died at Southridge Rehabilitation and Living Center in Biddeford on January 16, 2014 from complications of congestive heart failure. The daughter of Albanian immigrants, Luka Totoni and Constance Gore, she was born in Newburyport, MA on August 28, 1917. Her mother died in the Spanish Flu pandemic when she was one year old. A family in Newburyport provided foster care during her early years until her father and beloved older brother and sister were able to care for her.
She married George Kochis in 1939. In the early 1940s, they moved to Saco where she worked in the Pepperell Mill before giving birth to three sons, Andrew, David, and Richard. In the 1950s and 1960s, she owned and operated a telephone answering service in her home for local physicians. Later, she was a receptionist for a Biddeford ophthalmologist. After her retirement, she was an American Red Cross volunteer. She and George became members of the United Baptist Church in the 1970s.
George and Nora lived for over 30 years at the Lord Pepperell Apartments after selling their home on Elmwood Drive in Saco. Nora helped many physically disabled tenants, and volunteered at the Open Door in Saco and Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, crossword puzzles, the Boston Celtics, growing houseplants, Beano, Scrabble and cribbage. A strong, loyal, loving, caring, and courageous woman, Nora always put the needs of family and friends ahead of her own.
George died in 2004 at age 92. In 2011, Nora moved to assisted living in Southridge. She delighted in tending to her houseplants, sitting by her sunny window watching the miniature rainbows her hanging prisms made on the walls, and talking to friends and family on the phone. Nora deeply appreciated the kind dignity and loving respect she received in her new home. The staff and fellow residents became cherished friends and helpers who comforted and cared for her. In turn, she cared and worried about them as she always had with her family and older friends.
Her son David Kochis of Limington, Maine predeceased her in May of 2012. She is survived by her son Andrew Kochis and wife Linda of Severn, Maryland, son Richard Kochis and wife Cynthia of Marquette, Michigan, daughter-in-law Joyce Kochis of Limington, Maine, sister-in-law Ruth Lunetta of Saco, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nora’s name may be made to the Hospice of Southern Maine