MAMAKOS, George, 89, of Wheeling, went peacefully to be with our Lord at his home on February 22, 2014, with his loving wife of 47 years, Marina, and his three daughters by his side.
He was born on May 28, 1924, in Wheeling, WV, the son of the late Louis P. and Smaragda Hadjigeogiou Mamakos.
He graduated from Wheeling High School in 1943. He was called to serve his country during WWII in the United States Navy, on the USS Thornhill. His ship was part of the convoy escort service patrolling the Atlantic for enemy submarines and was he was assigned at the end of European hostilities to the Pacific fleet. Upon returning home, George graduated from the West Virginia University School of Engineering in 1949.
He began his engineering career with the West Virginia State Highway Department and also worked at Ohio Valley Steel, before starting his own business, Taflan Steel Fabricators, Inc., with his good friend, Jim Knellinger. The men ran the well-respected company for more than 60 years, with George retiring from the business in January 2012, at the age of 87.
He was a member of his beloved St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church, where he served as Parish Council past president, member, and recently Pangari until 2009.
He was an Order of AHEPA past president and past treasurer, and was a member for more than 50 years.
He was a true Mountaineer and loved cheering on the football and basketball teams. He was a Wheeling Park High School supporter, and rooted for the Steelers and the Pirates, along with the New York Yankees. If he missed seeing a big game, he'd check the scores as soon as the paper arrived the next morning.
Dad's girls and his grandchildren were his joy. He will always be remembered for his gentle nature and kind smile.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Constance Nesos Mamakos, his brother, Nicholas L. Mamakos in January 2014 and his brother-in-laws, Paul Monolakis, Terry Varlas and Nikko Loufaki. Surviving are his devoted wife, Marina Rozakis Mamakos and three daughters, Constance Mancini and her husband, James, of Moon Township, Pa.; Maryanne Mamakos McGinley, of Wheeling; and Louise Heusel and her husband Matthew, of Wheeling; along with grandchildren Marina, George, Helen, Hannah, and Emilia, of Wheeling, and Cadina and Isabella, of Moon Township. He is also survived by his brother Peter (Athena), of Wheeling; and three sisters: Virginia Monolakis, Francis (Gus) Sokos, of Wheeling, and Maryanne (George) Bayes, of Cleveland, OH along with his sister-in-law, Georgia Mamakos, of Wheeling. Additionally surviving are his sister- in-law, Elefteria Varlas, of Cortland, Ohio, Athena Loufaki of Athens, Greece and Micheal (Despina) Rozakis of Greece; nieces and nephews, and several cousins.
Family and friends will be received at the Kepner Funeral Home, 900 National Road, Wheeling, WV (304) 232-2732 on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church with Father Spiro W. Keheyes and Father Mojmir Zalcik officiating.
Interment in Greenwood Cemetery where Moundsville veteran honor guard will conduct military graveside services.
Trisagion Services will be held at 7 p.m. immediately followed by AHEPA services.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church. 2215 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV 26003.