Antigone Bournakel

March 15, 1913January 20, 2013
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Antigone Bournakel of Lewiston, ME, passed away on January 20, 2013 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough 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 ten 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 WWII, bringing nephews from Greece into their home where they completed their schooling; and later, sponsoring other family members to relocate 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, ME, 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, ME 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, FL, Christina Bournakel of Portland, ME, Christopher Bournakis of Auburn, ME, and Nicholas Bournakel of Portland; one great-grandchild, Nicos Bournakel of Kentfield, CA; and many nieces and nephews. In recent years, Antigone lived with her daughter in Yarmouth, and for the last two and a half years, she was a resident at Falmouth By The Sea, in Falmouth, ME. 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.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 24, 2013

Antigone Bournakel

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February 19, 2013

I miss you every day... that warm happy smile that always made me feel better...



February 18, 2013

we miss you

January 29, 2013

George,Angela, Kay,

We are very sorry to hear the loss of theia Antigoni. Theia Antigoni was a very lovely lady, a very considerate and thoughtful person. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Michael Dolianitis family

Rania Patsiopoulos

January 26, 2013

Please accept my deepest sympathies for your sweet mother and grandmother. Theia Antigone's smile will always be in my memory and my heart. I have sweet moments of summers in Livadi with her and my Yiayia Georgia (her sister).
Rania Patsiopoulos & husband Stelios, with children Vasiliki, & Alexandros
Athens, Greece

January 23, 2013

George,Angela, Kay, We extend our sincerest sympathy on the loss of your wonderful mother. Peter has many happy memories of her great Greek delicacies growing up on Webster Street. Mary and Peter Dionne Augusta


January 23, 2013

Although I am sad at her passing, truth be known, even thru my tears I cannot help but smile everytime I think of her.


January 22, 2013

Deepest condolences from John, Janet and Stefanos. We share wonderful memories of "yia yia" at Kiki's house on the holidays and visits to the camp, her pleasant smile and fantastic Greek dinners and pastries!! She will be forever in our hearts as everyone's Yia Yia!

January 22, 2013

Angela & George,
Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. It's never easy to lose a parent. I'm not sure that you'll remember me George, my folks were Ada & Nathan Tapper. Angela, we went to school together. We spent lots of time in your house when we were young. Your mother was a sweet lady. I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Ruth Tapper Miller

January 22, 2013

I am saddened by her passing! I knew the day would come, but I feel like I lost my mother all over again! Antigone was the last of that generation, and what a generation that was! We were all blessed to have them. So many wonderful memories! I am sorry I shall not be able to attend the wake and funeral as I have had my shoulder operated on and I am in Massachusetts recuperating at Evangelea's house. Please extend my sympathy and love to all! May her memory be eternal!

Alan Etzel

January 21, 2013

May her memory be eternal.