Sophia Panas Watkins, 88, of Wheeling, WV, peacefully passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital. She was born August 27, 1931 in Wheeling, WV.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Howard William Watkins, her parents, Mary and Michael Panas, her sisters Viola, Rose, and Anna, her brothers Gus, Scotty, Tony, and Andy. Also, her very good friend and companion George Munas.
Surviving are her nephews, Michael (Helen) Malandrakis, Scott (Lori) Panas, Tony (Tracy) Panas, Michael (Lisa) Stamos, Aris (Marcia) Kaplanis and Gus Panas; nieces Dell Marie (John) Tsoras, Connie Panas Mekos, Christina Panas (David) Pye, as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.
Sophia graduated from Warwood High School in 1949. She worked for Hazel Atlas Company before enrolling and graduating from Wheeling Beauty College in 1961. She and Loretta Kafana opened and operated the Stylette Beauty Salon in Martins Ferry, OH for 50 years before retiring in 2011. She was a lifelong member of St. John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church, where she was a member of the church choir and Philoptochos Society for many years.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions for safety concerns, there will be no visitation services. A private funeral service will be held at St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church for family only on Thursday, July 2, 2020, with Father Demetrious Tsikouris officiating. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, WV. Arrangements by Kepner Funeral Home, 2101 Warwood Ave, Wheeling, WV (304-277-2722)
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint John The Divine at 2215 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 in her name.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.kepnerfuneral.com.