Catherine “Katie” Cacaroukas Padis, 90, of Blacksburg, died peacefully on Jan. 29, 2021, and has gone to her heavenly home.
She was born in Monessen, Penn., on Nov. 12, 1930, to Stephen and Maria Cacaroukas. She was the older of two girls and her sister, Amelia Cacaroukas Tselides, preceded her in death in 2004. She was also preceded in death in 1995 by her loving husband of 43 years, Leo Archie Padis.
Katie is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Leo Padis, Jr., of Richmond and Steve and Donna Padis of Roanoke; and one granddaughter, Catherine Olivia Padis, of New Orleans. Also surviving are several cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
The family would like to recognize her special friends, Chris and Maria Kappas of Blacksburg. Katie lived her last years in her Blacksburg home of 65 years with assistance of caregivers. The family is so thankful to all those who cared for her, but especially three that became her special friends: Jane Smith of Riner, Cheryl Stinson of Shawsville and Juanita Gambill of Christiansburg. Katie relished her time with her family and friends.
Before retiring, she worked at the First National Exchange Bank in Blacksburg. She was an active and long-time member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Roanoke, and she served many years as treasurer of the Philoptochos Society.
She was a devoted wife and mother and dedicated her life to providing a beautiful and loving home. When Leo and Steve were at Virginia Tech, Katie became a second mother to many of their college friends, several of whom would visit her whenever they returned to Blacksburg. One of her great talents was cooking, and she served on several cookbook committees for both the Virginia Tech Faculty Women’s Club and the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and participated in numerous cooking groups. She also loved sports and attended countless Virginia Tech home football and basketball games. She was an avid bridge player and was in many bridge clubs.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Huntington Blvd NE, Roanoke, VA 24012.