Catherine Vekios91, Audobon Villa resident, bookkeeper

By on February 1, 2012

Catherine Vekios, 91, of Lancaster, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at Audubon Villa in Lititz.

Born in Lancaster, Catherine was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Ethel Manuel Hondras. She was preceded in death by both of her husbands: Angelo Poneros, who died in 1964 and Nick Vekios, who died in 1972.

She attended the all girls high school of Lancaster and was the co-owner of Alva Grill on South Prince Street from 1943 to 1963. Catherine then worked as a bookkeeper for the J. Brame Witmer Oil Company from 1962 to 1975 and then for Walters & Fisher Tire Company from 1975 to 1990. Catherine was an active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, where she served on the church board, was a 50-year member of the choir, served as chairwoman of the Greek Bazaar for 25 years, was a Sunday school teacher, was a past district governor of the Daughters of Penelope and member of the Philoptochos Society. She was an avid Phillies fan and enjoyed crocheting afghans and needlepoint cross stitching tablecloths which are enjoyed by many relatives and friends.

Catherine is survived by two sons: Peter A., husband of Kathy Z. Poneros, of Lancaster; and Nicholas, husband of Patra Poneros, of Nashville, Tenn.; her daughter: Athena M. Hasik, with whom she lived in Lancaster; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her brother: Chris, husband of Mildred Hondras, of Marietta, Ga.

She was preceded in death by siblings: Rev. John Hondras, Dr. Thomas Hondras, Mary Karas and Helen Mamalakis.

The family is grateful to the staff of Audubon Villa for the loving care they provided to Catherine.

Her funeral service was held on Feb. 1, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Lancaster, with The Rev. Dr. Alexander Goussetis officiating. Interment took place in Conestoga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Catherine’s memory to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 64 Hershey Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603.

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