Catherine (Ekaterini/”Katina”) Nicholas, age 84, joined our Heavenly Father with her family beside her on December 25, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, George; her children Sam (Kimberly) Nicholas, Maria (Richard) Roberts; sisters Eleni Maglara, Panagiota Poziopoulos, Annoula Papakonstatinopoulou, Athena Tsinoukas, Christina Maglara; brother Niko Maglaras; grandchildren, Alicia Nicholas, Michael Greiner, Andrew Greiner; several beloved nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces.
Katina was born in the small village of Digieliotika, Aigion, Greece to the late Maria and Evaggelos Maglaras. She had an amazing childhood growing up with her five sisters and brother on the family farm. Her parents raised her with a strong Greek Orthodox Christian faith. When she was seventeen years old she started a successful tailoring business in Greece. She was well known for the beautiful dresses she made. When she was 22 years old she married the love of her life, George Nicholas, on June 1st, 1958, and came to this country soon thereafter to start their family. She showed tremendous courage leaving her family back in Greece, coming to a foreign country without knowing the language, and starting her new life.
Katina was an active member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church where she taught Sunday School and volunteered her time for the Holy Trinity Philoptochos Society and the Daughters of Penelope. Katina loved raising and nurturing her children, traveling back home to Greece to visit her family, and enjoyed cooking great meals for friends and family. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, golfing, fishing, reading, and regular visits to Panera for coffee where she would meet friends and make many new friends. Katina had an impact on everyone who got to know her and had a deep love for her friends, family, and her church. She’ll be remembered as a kind, selfless, thoughtful person who gave much of her time and talents to others. She touched many lives and will be deeply missed.
Her family will greet friends from 5:00-8:00 pm at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, December 29th with the Trisagion Service at 7:30pm. The funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 330 Lakeside Drive NE, Grand Rapids on Monday, December 30th at 10:00 am. Interment will be at Rest Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Katina to the Philoptochos Society at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
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Philoptochos Philanthropic Society
330 Lakeside Dr. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503