John Mountzoures Obituary

John Louis Mountzoures
John L. Mountzoures
John Louis Mountzoures

December 15, 1941 - February 24, 2017
Born in New London, CT
Resided in Niantic, CT
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East Lyme- John L. Mountzoures, 75, of Niantic, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2017 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, with his wife, Marsha, at his side.
He was born on December 15, 1941 in New London, the son of Louis P. and Sophia (Pappas) Mountzoures, who both predeceased him. He attended local schools in Waterford, and graduated from New London High School in 1961. He then worked at various occupations until 1963, when he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, until 1965. He was honorably discharged, then was employed at Electric Boat. He married Marsha Kronenberg, in February, 1969 in New London. They were married for 46 years .He attended El Camino College in Torrance, CA, and then attended State University at Longbeach, CA, where he received a B.A. degree in History in 1973.
He and Marsha later owned and operated Fishers Island Fruit & Produce Co., a summer business, on Fishers Island, N.Y. His father and his uncle, George Mountzoures, and their childhood friend, Angelo Poulios-- all Greek immigrants from Albania, had originally established the company, and it became a thriving success in the early years of the Depression. After 15 years, John sold the business and worked for his brother, Philip, at Flanders Pizza in East Lyme. He was last employed at Mohegan Sun Casino as a chef until he retired in 2005.
John is survived by his wife, Marsha, and son, Ari, both of Niantic. He is also survived by eight siblings: William (Bessie) of Niantic; Philip of East Lyme; Harry of Niantic; Mary Gannon of Waterford; Amalia (Agasiliaos) of Stamford; Louise Krupovage of Alamagordo, New Mexico; Anthony (Lois) of Barkamsted; and Peter (Tazuko) of Niantic, and many nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews.
John had many friends and loved to talk to just about anyone he met in the course of a day. He had a wonderful sense of humor and retained many detailed memories of his early life. He loved reading history, listening to music, singing with his brothers and sisters, old movies, trivia, cooking, coffee, his vegetable garden, and his cat, Cosmo. He collected furniture, household items, and tools to sell at great yard sales through the years. He also savored nostalgic Americana and reminiscing, the beach, hot sunny summer days, UConn Women's Basketball, and the New York Yankees. Most of all, he liked to help people, and to make them laugh. With a few choice words, he often turned something much too serious into something hilarious.
John lived and enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be greatly missed.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 pm at Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home 12 Ocean Avenue New London. A prayer service will be conducted at 7 PM at the funeral home on Thursday. Interment will be private.
Instead of sending flowers, those who wish to may contribute to the Connecticut Humane Society, 169 Old Colchester Road, Quaker Hill, CT or to a charity of their choice in John's memory. To leave the family an online condolence please visit

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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Thursday, March 2, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:00 PM


Connecticut Humane Society
169 Old Colchester Road
Quaker Hill, CT US 06375
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