OBITUARY: Stephanie 'Steph' (Gianoulis) Mancini, 41
Sep 14, 2016 06:21AM
● By Bill Gilman
Stephanie Mancini, 41
After a protracted battle with cancer, Stephanie (Steph) Gianoulis Mancini died on September 9th, 2016 in Reading, MA at the age of 41. She leaves behind her husband, Joseph Mancini; her daughter Emily Elizabeth Mancini; and her son, Joseph J. (Joey) Mancini Jr.
Stephanie was born in December of 1974 in Winchester, MA, to father James Gianoulis Jr, who predeceased her, and Carolyn E. Gianoulis of Lowell, MA. She is also survived by sisters Deborah Sussman of Hudson, MA & Joanna Gianoulis Lewis of Billerica, MA; brother James T. Gianoulis of Medford, MA; and numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Stephanie was a life-long resident of Billerica, and a graduate of Shawsheen Tech class of 1992. She was very instrumental with the formation of the Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association in 2007, being considered as one of its “Founding Members”. She served in many capacities, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Fundraising Chair. Stephanie was very passionate about volunteering and community service. Over the years she assisted numerous reunion planners with their class reunions. She helped organize many alumni fundraising events, such as the Hall of Fame Inductions and Roasted Ram ceremonies, which have raised over $20,000 for scholarships. She would often involve her children Emily and Joey to help by walking in the Yankee Doodle parade and helping out at Homecoming football games and the Alumni & Friends 5K. She was a true cheerleader for the school and its legacy.
Stephanie was a true people person, and was always happiest when either making someone laugh or when helping someone in need. She worked for many years at the 99 Restaurant on Middlesex Turnpike, and later at the Newtowne Grill in Billerica, and at The Country Club of Billerica. When diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, she remained dedicated in her work and in her will to fight her illness. She remained a brave, iron-willed woman, whose mantra was “No Pity Party!” for her.
Stephanie also leaves behind countless friends who she considered “framily”, too numerous to mention by name, but they know who they are. Special thanks also to the Tanner Ta Ta Foundation for all their help and support over the last few years; and to Dr. Wendy Chen and the staff at Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the hard work and loving care they showed during her battle.
Stephanie requested to be cremated. A reception at the Billerica Lodge of Elks will be held on Saturday the 17th of September from 12-4; all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Steph Gianoulis Mancini Scholarship Fund, which will benefit deserving graduates of Shawsheen Tech. Checks can be made out to Shawsheen Tech Alumni Association, PO Box 59, Pinehurst, MA. 01866. Please write “Steph Strong” in memo section.