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Obituary for Elaine George Mustakas (Gatanis)

Wappingers Falls (formerly of Rockville, MD)– Elaine George Mustakas, an extraordinary woman whose unwavering love and resilience touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her, passed away peacefully at her home on March 13, 2024, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 94.

Born in Wilmington, DE on April 22, 1929, Elaine was the daughter of George and Stella (Barras) Gatanis. She married the love of her life, Gus D. Mustakas, on November 12, 1950, in Bethlehem, PA, and together they founded their family business, East Fishkill Provisions Smoke Haus and Deli in Hopewell Junction. Elaine's nurturing spirit extended to the patrons of East Fishkill Provisions/Smokehaus Deli, where she was affectionately known as "Mom" to all who knew her.

Elaine was a devoted member of St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church, where her faith was a guiding light in her life.

Elaine's life was centered around her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her greatest joy was to be surrounded by family. Her kitchen table was more than just a piece of furniture; it was the heart of her home, where generations of family members gathered to share stories, laughter, and delicious meals. She was the originator of "Sunday Dinners" for the Mustakas family, and Sundays at Yiayia's were always eagerly anticipated by all.

Elaine is survived by her children and their spouses, Jim and Caryn Mustakas, George and Leasa Mustakas, Kris and Prinny Mustakas, Rose Mustakas and her partner Tamara Champion, Estelle, and Markella and Hank Brown; her grandchildren, their spouses and great grandchildren: Katrina and Fabio Cruz, Gus and Shaylee Mustakas (Demetrios, Niko, Theo), Eleni and Brian Tarpey (Austin, Madison, Charlotte, Makenna), Joan Mustakas (Mason), Gus Mustakas, Markella Mustakas, Gus and Brittney Mustakas (Kora), Niko Mustakas, Zoey Mustakas, Savannah Champion, Grace Champion, Eleni Neckles, Kristos and Victoria Brown (Eleanor Mae, Colette Lucille, Delilah Ann), Spero Brown, Rose Brown and her partner William Powell (William, Bradley, Bentley, Brody) , and Lew Brown; her brother, Nicholas Gatanis and his wife Carol; and many nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents and loving husband, she was also predeceased by her brothers and their wives, Tom and Margaret Gatanis, Jim and Pauline Gatanis, Kris Gatanis, and Gus and Mary Gatanis.

The Mustakas family remains forever grateful for the immeasurable love and selflessness demonstrated by her daughter, Estelle, during Elaine's final years. Estelle's unwavering dedication and compassionate care provided Elaine with comfort, dignity within the familiarity of her own home. Estelle's presence brought warmth and solace to Elaine's days, offering unwavering support to both her mother and the entire family.

"A mother's love knows no bounds; it lives on in the hearts of her children and grandchildren forever."

Forever in our hearts, Mom!

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4-8pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11am at St. Gregory the Theologian Orthodox Church, 1500 Route 376 Wappingers Falls followed by interment in Fishkill Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.