Katina Steffas age 92 of Westlake, entered into rest peacefully January 10, 2021.
Born April 29,1928 in Mournies, Crete, Greece she was the daughter
of Nikolaos and Argero Kritikakis (both deceased).
Devoted wife of the late Paul S. Steffas and loving mother of
Nick P. Steffas (Renee) and Betty Poulos (John).
Proud yiayia of Stephanie Kemna (Alex), Paul N. Steffas,
Karissa Steffas, James Poulos (Stavroula) and Paul Poulos
and great yiayia of Niko Kemna. Dear sister of Yianni Kritikakis (Dina) (both deceased)
and Kiriakoula Paizakis (Nikolaos, deceased).
She also leaves behind many loving family members and friends.
Private family services were held.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to
St. Demetrios Philoptochos or St. Demetrios Church,
22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116
Katina was born in Mournies, Crete, Greece (just outside Chania), the oldest of 3 siblings (Yianni and Kiriakoula). Katina’s father lived a long and healthy life but her mother died when Katina was only 15 years old, in 1943, during the German occupation of Crete. The Germans took over Katina’s family home and Katina and her family fled to live in a cave in the hills above her village. In doing so, Katina’s mother became ill and eventually died of pneumonia. Fearing more war and wanting a better life, Katina decided to go to the United States. The immigration process took 4 years, then in November 1956 she came to Wheeling, West Virginia and worked as a seamstress in her cousin’s tailor shop. She met Paul Steffas at a Cretan Convention in Detroit, and shortly thereafter were married on March 1st, 1959. They bought a home in Cleveland and became members of the original St. Demetrios church in Rocky River. Katina was involved with the Church for over 60 years. She was involved with the St. Demetrios Ladies Auxillary and Philoptochos. Katina loved the Church and one of her proudest moments was receiving the St. Photios award from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh, recognizing her loving and dedicated service to the Orthodox Christian Faith in the parish of St. Demetrios Church in Rocky River, Ohio.
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