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Niki Katsaros

July 9, 1934 — June 1, 2024

 Beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law, friend, and second Mother to many, Niki Katsaros (July 9, 1934 - June 1, 2024) passed away after a brief illness. Niki was born in Pyrgos, Greece, to her loving parents Haralambos and Kalliopi Xouleis. She joined her brother Philippa(Vasso) Xouleis in eternal rest.

 She leaves behind a legacy of love and warmth cherished by her surviving family and friends. Niki was the loving mother of Maria (Patrick) Katsaros-Molzahn, Penny “Popi” (Peter) Bizoukas, and Milton (Judy) Katsaros. Her role as a caring grandmother was paramount in her life, as she adored Alexander Molzahn, Nicholas Molzahn, Nicolette “Niki” (Ben Fechalos) Bizoukas, Peter G. Bizoukas, Chrisovalantis “Chris” Katsaros, and Maria Katsaros. In addition to her immediate family, Niki was a dear cousin and aunt to many nieces and nephews who held a special place in her heart.

    Born in Greece during the start of World War II, Niki never forgot the horrors she experienced. Her father died as a direct complication of the war since she -- at six years old -- couldn’t get to the pharmacy to fill his prescription. Despite the war, Niki spoke fondly of her experiences and escapades in the small Peloponnesian village. “I grew up in the shadows of the ancient Olympic ruins.” Orphaned after the death of her mother when she was 16, Niki’s biggest desire in life became to create a safe home for herself and her late brother, Philippa.  Moving to Athens, Greece, the two siblings worked hard and became successful business owners. It was at this establishment, the periptero (newsstand/kiosk) that Niki met her future husband, Stamatios Katsaros (1935-2018). Regardless of the ebbs and flows of life, Niki worked hard to create a safe and loving environment for her children. Persevering through life’s challenges often by sheer determination, Niki maintained the highest standards for herself and her children. “Everything in moderation,” was one of her favorite sayings. Niki moved to America with Maria, and Penny “Popi” in 1972 to reunite with Stan. Settling in Chicago, Niki and Stan welcomed Milton into the family in 1973. After a few years and subsequent moves, the family purchased their own home in the Southeast side of Chicago, in the town of Hegewisch. At that time this area boasted a large Greek-American community which also included the Greek Orthodox Church as its core. For Niki, this neighborhood proved a Godsend. 

    Niki’s life was a testament to her love of family, faith, and community. She was an active member of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church and a proud member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society. Her baking was loved by all, and her cookies were a hit at Greek Fest. Her commitment to serving others and her unwavering devotion to her church will always be remembered. Always wanting to spread love and joy, Niki never forgot to call someone for their birthday or name’s day celebration. “I can’t tell you how happy I was to get a message on my phone from your mom,” has been a common refrain. Niki also loved to knit and during the last few years, she took to making baby blankets and scarves for family and friends. She found solace in knowing that her granddaughter, Maria, was able to finish her last project, a blanket for her grandson, Niko.

  Niki loved sharing her knowledge with her children and grandchildren. During her brief illness Niki continued to guide them through this journey she was on; “Don’t wallow in grief” she said, “strengthen your hearts and move forward.”  Niki loved her community and church but her proudest accomplishments were her children and grandchildren! Her family was blessed to have had her by their side and she was able to witness many of their accomplishments. She was proud of all of them and they, in turn, were proud of her strength and endurance. She was adored, appreciated, and loved immensely. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.  As a family, we would like to thank everyone who has been a part of our Mother’s life. She truly

loved and cared for everyone and we know the respect was mutual.

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Friday, June 7, 2024

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