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Mary Kelly Petrakis
  • May 05, 1951
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  • August 21, 2012

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Mary “Cookie” Kelly Petrakis, 61 of Winter Park  passed peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 with her husband and family by her side.  Mary was born May 5, 1951 in Rahway, NJ to the late Mary Ann and Thomas Kelly.  Mary grew up in Fairfield, CT.,  the second oldest of eight children.  When her mother died Mary was only 16 years old and became a second mother to her six younger siblings, the youngest of whom was only three.  After high school graduation she followed her high school sweetheart, John J. Petrakis to college in Jacksonville, FL.  After graduating as a Registered Nurse she and John married on May 14, 1973.  They settled in Jacksonville and had two sons.  Mary worked in the Pediatric ICU for several years until after the birth of their second child.  In 1988 they moved to Winter Springs and then to Winter Park.    As the children got older and John’s business’s grew she became his office and marketing manager, but always his partner.   Mary was a devoted wife and mother to her family and her siblings.  Mary is truly the matriarch of the Petrakis and Kelly families.  Life will go on because of the strong life lessons she taught her family.  She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, John; their two sons, James John and wife, Julie and Brian and wife, Angila;  her adored grandson, John James and her second grandchild due this November.  Mary is also survived by her seven siblings, Tim Kelly, Susan Kelly, Mark Kelly, Connie Matis, Colleen Moore, Alane King and Meg Hovsepian.  In lieu of flowers Mary requested donations to PANCAN.org (Pancreatic Cancer Action Network).  Private Family Services

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  1. 31 Oct 2012
    Anonymous says:
    I love you Cookie, I think about you constantly. I look around me and see everything you have given my family. I miss you, and I love you so much. Now that your gone I feel like our bond has grown so much stronger. You are in a beautiful place where happiness is overflowing and love never ending. Please look after me and my family, thank you for everything Cookie :)

  2. 01 Oct 2012
    Sarah and Andy Vigneron says:
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so blessed by Cookie's presence in our lives and she will live on in our hearts forever.

    God bless. love, Sarah and Andy

  3. 12 Sep 2012
    Bea Pimpinella says:
    John & Family:
    We are sorry for your loss. Continued blessing for you and your family as you turn to God in this difficult time.

  4. 09 Sep 2012
    Ted Vaughan says:
    John-May the happy memories that you and your family shared with your
    wife help to ease the pain (over time) that you feel.
    Our prayers are with you and your Family. Ted & America Vaughan

  5. 08 Sep 2012
    Mary ann and Tim Borcky says:
    John, Brian, James and family, we are praying for you. I still remember how happy she was at your 50th birthday bash. Cookie will always remain in our heart.Her smile and warmth will burn bright forever.Mary ann and Tim Borcky

  6. 06 Sep 2012
    M. Leon says:
    Please accept my condolences. “If an able-bodied man dies can he live again? All the days of my compulsory service I shall wait, Until my relief comes. You will call, and I myself shall answer you. For the work of your hands you will have a yearning.” Job 14:14,15

  7. 05 Sep 2012
    Nancy Michael says:
    Hello Petrakis Family,

    In reading this you will most likely not recognize my name as someone who came in contact with Cookie. I was saddened to have read of her passing in the paper this past Sunday. Up till about two years ago I worked by the Millenia Mall and was a customer several times per week at that Greens and Grille location. I remember Cookie always having a smile on her face and such a kind and generous spirit. We would briefly discuss our health issues or just say hello. Although it had been awhile since I last saw her I wanted to let you know how she touched other's lives that she barely knew.

    Sorry for your loss.

    Nancy

  8. 03 Sep 2012
    Bill & Bonnie Corrente says:
    John, James & Brian,
    We have been praying for Mom for several months. I know He has heard us and others who have lifted her up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. 02 Sep 2012
    Audrey & Steve Hoyas says:
    John and Family,
    We are so sorry to here about the loss of Cookie.
    What a wonderful person.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.
    Steve and Audrey

  10. 02 Sep 2012
    John says:
    We are so sorry to hear about Cookie-our prayers are with you and the family-sorry it has been so long but Janet has been ill for a couple of years. God Bless You

    Mike & Janet Shumaker

  11. 31 Aug 2012
    Crone Family says:
    We are so sorry to hear about Cookie. We will keep you and the boys in our prayers.

  12. 28 Aug 2012
    Rodriguez Family says:
    John:
    We want you to know how sorry we are for your loss.
    Our love and prayers go out to you and the entire family.
    Please let us know of anything that we can do to help you during this difficult time. We will keep you in our thoughts.
    Mark and Kim

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