Zeke Mavodones


Zinas Michael Mavodones, 92, a longtime resident of Poughkeepsie, NY, died peacefully at home on Friday, February 3rd, 2023. He was affectionately known as “Zeke.”

Born on July 26th, 1930, in Portland, Maine, he was the son of Michael and Catina Alexandrou Mavodones. Zinas was the eldest of four brothers, survived by Socrates Mavodones, and predeceased by Nicholas and Zacharias Mavodones. He grew up in Portland, and graduated from Portland High School in 1949, and was on the high school track team. With his parents and brothers, Zinas worked at their family owned hotel The Willows, in Prouts Neck, ME, in the summers for 14 years.

Zinas studied economics at the University of Maine at Orono, proudly was Campus Mayor in 1952, and graduated in 1953. In October of 1953, he was drafted into the Army, and served until 1955. He went on to study at Boston University, graduating with a Masters in Education in 1957.

On Sunday, September 29th, 1957, Zinas married Agelike Maria Kustas at the Holy Church of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Zinas continued his post graduate education studies at SUNY New Paltz. His first teaching position was at Pine Plains Central School District in NY. He began his teaching career in Poughkeepsie at Ellsworth Elementary, and at a succession of schools including Columbus, Poughkeepsie Middle School, and Warring School. In later years, he served as acting principal with the Poughkeepsie City School District. Zinas was a member of NYACCE, the New York State Association for Continuing and Community Education, as well as being a past President of the Association. He was the director of Poughkeepsie City Schools Continuing Adult Education Program, working tirelessly to offer evening classes and degree programs such as GED and ESL instruction. For his work he received the Adult Education Association NY State Lifetime Award.

He was a longstanding member of Phi Delta Kappa, society of international educators, as a Distinguished Educator, and NYSUT and PPSTA teacher’s unions. Zinas was also a past member of the City of Poughkeepsie Board of Zoning Appeals. He maintained membership at Friends of the Adriance Library, the Dutchess County Historical Society, the US Naval Institute, the Maine Historical Society, Scarborough Historical Society, and the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine.

Zinas was a dedicated Mason at Shekomeko Lodge #458, F. & A.M. in Pleasant Valley, NY. He was the Regional Historian for 6 counties in New York State, the Grand Past District Deputy of the Poughkeepsie Royal Arch Masons, a member of the Poughkeepsie Council NY State Masons, Grand Lodge member of the Poughkeepsie Royal Arch Masons, Past Illustrious Master of the Royal Arch Masons, Grand Representative of the Royal Arch Masons of the State of Maine, and the recipient of the Grand Master’s Man of Choice Award in NY State.

Zinas was a faithful member of Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Poughkeepsie, where he was President for many years of the Board of Trustees, and served also in the church choir with his wife, Agelike. He was a dedicated member of the Order of Ahepa, Poughkeepsie Chapter #158.

Zinas delighted in visiting Greek Orthodox churches and communities around the country with his wife whenever traveling, and was especially proud of the history of his Greek heritage. Zinas was a devout reader, with a lifelong passion for collecting books and encouraging others to be library members. He loved bird watching from a young age, imparting his love of birds to his grandchildren. He also loved history, art, architecture, ships, and visiting flea markets. His joy of storytelling was apparent to all those who knew and met him. He maintained his devotion as a lifelong educator with a commitment to imparting his knowledge of teaching and curriculum to his children and grandchildren. Zinas dearly cherished his beloved wife of 65 years, and family above all.

Survivors include his wife, Agelike Maria, four children, Catina Mavodones and husband, Michael Daly, of Albany, NY, Nike Mavodones Beaudry and husband, Anthony Beaudry, of Douglas, MA, Eirene Mavodones of White River Junction, VT, and Andrew Kustas and wife, Noelle Kustas, of Indio, CA, five grandchildren, Maia and Zacarias Beaudry, Zoe Daly, and Jonah and Timothy Libens-Mavodones, brother Socrates Mavodones, of South Portland, ME, sister-in-law Eleanor Mavodones of Westbrook, ME, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7pm on Friday, February 10th at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Route 9, Hyde Park. Masonic Services will take place at 5:30 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 11am, Saturday, February 11th, at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 140 S Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. Fr. Jason Dickey and Fr. Luke Veronis will concelebrate.

Burial will follow in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Zeke’s family respectfully requests memorial donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01004-2396 (www.shrinershospitals.org), or the Friends of the Adriance Library (email – book_store@pok.lib.org), or the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Portland, 277 Cumberland Ave, Portland, Maine, 04101. (www.bgcmaine.org/portland).

To send an online condolence, or for directions, please visit Zeke’s obituary page at www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

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