MAMAKOS, Nicholas L., 86 of Wheeling, WV, passed away peacefully to be with our Lord at Liza's Place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 with his loving wife of 54 years by his side.
He was born on January 9, 1928 in Wheeling, WV, the son of the late Louis P. and Smaragda Hadjigeorgiou Mamakos.
He graduated from Wheeling High School in 1945, attended Bethany College and went on to graduate from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 1949, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was called to service in the United States Army during the Korean War on his birthday in 1951. He served as corporal at Camp Pickett, VA, until January 7, 1953, when at war's end he was transferred to reserve status. He honorably discharged on March 6, 1957.
During his long and accomplished pharmacy career, he worked at Griest Drug Store, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Wheeling Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center, where he retired in 1993 after 19 years of dedicated service.
He was a member of his beloved St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church where he served as treasurer of the church choir and was a member of the parish council for several years. Other involvements included serving as secretary/treasurer of the Order of Ahepa, Miltiades Chapter #68 for over 50 years, singing in the Ohio Valley Chorale, and being a member of both the American Legion Post 1 and a Master Mason in Ohio Lodge #1.
He was an avid Mountaineer fan and took great pleasure until the end cheering on the football and basketball teams. His greatest pleasures in life, however, were his seven grandchildren, whom he adored. He will be remembered for his kind and loving character, soft-spoken demeanor and his willingness to help others.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Constance Nesos Mamakos; his in-laws, John and Mary Stergious Avgerenos; and his brother-in-law, Paul Monolakis.
Surviving are his devoted wife, Georgia Avgerenos Mamakos; two daughters, Martha Busack and her husband Pete of Bellaire, OH, and Joanne Triveri and her husband John of Wheeling, WV; his grandchildren, Bethany Ackerman and Anthony and Alyssa Busack, all of Bellaire, OH, and Nicholas, Tim, Alex and Stefan Triveri of Wheeling, WV; and a stepgrandson, Brian Busack. He is also survived by two brothers, Pete (Athena) and George (Marina) Mamakos of Wheeling, WV; and three sisters: Virginia Monolakis and Frances (Gus) Sokos of Wheeling, WV, and Maryanne (George) Bayes of Cleveland, OH. Additionally surviving are his brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Kalope Diniaco of Steubenville, OH, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Kepner Funeral Home, National Road, Wheeling, WV (304-232-2732). Trisagion services will be held at 7 p.m. immediately followed by Ahepa services.
Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV, at 11 a.m. with the Revs. George Daskalakis and Michael Kallour officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church or Liza's Place, Valley Hospice South, 308 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.
Personal condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral. com.