Bessie Mamalou

Bessie Mamalou

MADISON/BARABOO/BORDENTOWN, N.J./TRENTON, N.J./NEWARK, N.J./COLUMBUS, N.J./SEA ISLE CITY, N.J./PHILADELPHIA, Pa.- Bessie Mamolou, 86, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care Center, after a short but valiant fight against Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a bone marrow cancer disorder.

Born in Orange, N.J., she was a resident of Columbus, NJ and Burlington, NJ, until moving to live with her daughter in Wisconsin towards the end of last year.

Bessie graduated from Barringer High School, in Newark, N.J. In 1955, she married Nicholas A. Mamolou and eventually moved to Hamilton Square, N.J., where she and her husband raised their family. In 1968,

Bessie earned her Associate degree from Mercer County Community College’s WIIFE program. Five years later, in 1973, the family moved to the sea shore community of Sea Isle City, N.J., where they purchased and managed the AZO Motel and later the AZO Book Store for several years. In 1996, after the death of her husband, she moved back to the Bordentown, N.J. area, to be closer to her family.

Bessie was always a very happy and positive person, whose love for people was evident in all she did. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family and listening to music (especially Cat Stevens). Those who knew Bessie will no doubt smile when they think of her famous sayings, such as “Super-Duper” and “Have fun…but not too much fun.” That is exactly how Bessie wanted everyone to live their lives.

Bessie was an active member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Hamilton, N.J. and the Daughters of Penelope and the Philoptochos Society. Daughter of the late Nicholas and Anna Leonardo Kostins, wife of the late Nicholas Mamolou and companion of the late James Karavalis,

Bessie is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul A. and Robin Mamolou of Roslyn, Pa.; daughter and son-in-law, Ann-Nichol and Craig Swenson of Portage, Wis.; four grandchildren, Jacob Nicholas Mamolou, Alexandra Evangeline Mamolou, Nicholas RJ Kosewski and Jacqueline BessAnn (Jacci) Kosewski; brother, James Kostins of Brick, N.J.; sister-in-law, Irene Mamolou of Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to those who assisted in Bessie’s medical needs towards the end of her life. In N.J., that includes the staff at the Masonic Village in Burlington, N.J.; and in Wis., that includes Dr. Elizabeth Lownik, MD, MPH, SSM Health Dean Medical Group; Dr. Alissa A. Weber, Dean Clinic – Oncology; the staff at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, SSM Health St. Clare Meadows Care Center; Home Health United staff and her special friend and assistant, Eva Burgess.

Funeral services will be held at ST. GEORGE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 1200 Klockner Rd., Hamilton, N.J., at 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation for friends and family will be held at M. WILLIAM MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 1863 Hamilton Ave., Hamilton, N.J., from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, with The Trisagion Service beginning at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bessie Mamolou’s name may be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, the MDS Foundation, 4573 S. Broad St., Suite 150, Yardville, N.J., 08620 (; or your local Aging & Disability Resource Center.

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