Jean A. Athas, age 75

of North Quincy

Jean A. Athas, age 75

Jean A. (Smith) Athas, age 75, of North Quincy, and a longtime summer resident of Brewster, died peacefully, Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Tufts Medical Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Jean was born in Boston, raised and educated in Charlestown. She was a graduate of Matignon High School and Boston State College.

She lived in Quincy for over forty years and summered in Brewster for over forty years.

Jean was a teacher at Saint Agatha School in Milton for forty-four years. She retired in 2014. Jean had a passion for teaching and loved the many students and families she encountered throughout her career. She also enjoyed many long-lasting friendships with her colleagues.

Beloved wife of the late Robert “Tony” Athas. Together for forty-six years, they were married for thirty-six years. The two were best friends and inseparable.

Devoted daughter of the late Mildred (Barrett) and James A. “Lummy” Smith.

Loving cousin of Alice M. DiPietro and her husband Paul.

Dear sister-in-law of Peter Athanasopoulas, Stephen F. Rusteika, Jr. and his wife Kitty, Kathaleen Callahan, and the late Richard Athanasopoulas and his surviving wife Janice.

Jean is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, February 4, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Agatha Parish, 432 Adams Street, Milton, on Monday, February 5, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory may be made to Saint Agatha School, 440 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186.


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  • God bless dear Jean!

  • Our Condolences to the family!. A great teacher and lady! RIP. Mrs Athas!!

  • Dear , sweet and funny Jeannie.
    A long ago Matignon friend. Such good memories of you.
    I just searched out some photos of you and fun times .
    I carry your memory with me here in Ireland .

  • My condolences to Mrs. Athas’ family and friends. I had Mrs. Athas in 2nd grade at St. Agatha’s. My older brother and my two younger siblings did as well. She was a wonderful teacher. We still talk about her and some of the funny stories we remember. May she rest in peace.

  • Another tremendous loss for your family. She had a good life doing what she loved and was married to her best friend for 46 years. My condolences to you and your family.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne and Tony at Tufts Medical Center. They made my day every time they came in,, they were always so happy and we had so many laughs. Jeanne and I reconnected over a year age and started a once a month lunch date at the Chanty restaurant in Marina Bay… it took all of five minutes for us to start laughing and having fun every time we met… I am truly blessed to have known, loved, and laughed with this beautiful lady.. I will miss you my dear friend, RIP.