Obituary: Mary (Midouhas) Peltekis, 95, former Chief Stewardess for Colonial Airlines

Mary Peltekis was a champion swimmer and later became a leader in her workplace at Colonial Airlines.

Mary Peltekis. Credit: Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home.
Mary Peltekis. Credit: Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home.

Mary (Midouhas) Peltekis, 95, of Southborough and formerly of Marlborough died Sunday Jan. 12, 2014 at Kindred Transitional Care in Westborough. She was the wife of the late James A. Peltekis who died in 1980. She was born in New York City, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Catherine (Tani) Midouhas and was educated in the New York City school system where she excelled with two double promotions.  She was also a champion swimmer.   

Mary became the Chief Stewardess for Colonial Airlines, later to become TWA. She was instrumental in establishing the Flight Attendant Training Program for Linea Aeropostal Venezolana (LAN) in 1948. Mary lived a storied life, meeting many movie stars and other celebrities on charter flights which included many trips to the Kentucky Derby, hunting lodges and foreign countries.

She leaves her son James A. Peltekis and his wife Betty of Marlborough; four grandchildren Jamie Peltekis of Athol, Nia Benoit and her husband Daniel of Marlborough, Nikki Fahlbeck and her husband Steven of Sterling and Kristy Harvey and her husband Shannon of Hudson; two great grandchildren, Julian and Teddy Benoit of Marlborough. Her daughter Faith K. Peltekis of Southborough died in March 2012.


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