Maria (Mary) G. Karras, went home peacefully to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 17, 2019, with her daughter, Kathy, by her bedside. Mary was born in Kardamyla, Chios, Greece to the late Adamantios and Stamatia Moshos Kiminas.
Mary was a very loving, devoted wife of 50 years to her late husband, George, and mother to their two daughters, Katherine (Kathy) and Tina. Her love for her Family and her Church were her greatest passions.
She was a member of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church in Wheeling, West Virginia, where they were married in 1956. Mary was Past-President of the Daughters of Penelope, an officer in the Ladies Philoptochos Society, and an active member of the Church Choir.
Mary loved hosting and entertaining in their home often. Her cooking and baking talents were enjoyed by their many guests throughout the decades. Good memories fill her home, and music and dance filled her heart. Mary could always be found on the dance floor when the band began to play. Whether singing the hymns of the Divine Liturgy with great passion, or proudly preparing and serving savory homemade foods at the St. John the Divine Grecian Festival, Mary was always loyal in her service to God and family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George N. Karras, her parents, and a brother, George Kiminas.
Mary is survived by her loving daughters, Kathy Marie Karras of Wheeling, West Virginia, Tina Marie (Doug) Kucera of Cape Coral, Florida, and her sister, Ann Kamburis, of Mongomery, Alabama. She is also survived by her two grandsons, James Nikolas Kucera and George Gregory (Tania) Kucera of Cape Coral, Florida. Her new great-grandson, George Luka and step great-grandchildren, Milla and Isaac will miss her as well.
Friends will be received at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger Street, Wheeling, West Virginia on Thursday, November 21 from 2-7 p.m. A Trisagion Service will be offered at 6 p.m. Friends will also be received on Friday, November 22 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Chapline Street, Wheeling, West Virginia. The Funeral Service will begin at 11 a.m. Father Demetrios Tsikouris will officiate. Mary will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery next to her loving husband, George. Following her interment, a luncheon celebrating Mary’s full and wonderful Life will take place at the Hellenic Centre, St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church.
The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to the Belmont Manor Nursing Home and HealthCare Center in St. Clairsville, Ohio, where she lived for over five years. Their Administration, nurses, aides, and all the staff showed Mary great love, compassion, and warm support in their beautiful surroundings. They went above and beyond every day to keep Mary’s happiness and comfort a top priority, addressing every aspect and detail of her life. Their talented cooks even prepared and served her delicious Greek dinners and pastries regularly. She was all smiles from morning until bedtime. Also, a special expression of gratitude is extended to Valley Hospice for their constant guidance during this past year.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Chapline Street, Wheeling, West Virginia, 26003.
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 11:00 am
St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
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