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KATHERINE E DENIKOS
August 21, 1928 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Katherine got married in November 1948 to Mitchell (Mike) Denikos who she met while she
visited her cousin Tony Spanos in Washington, DC. Mike came to meet Katherine at his
sister’s (Catherine Denikos Spanos) home with Tony and he immediately fell in love with
her. Within three months they were married and lived in Washington, DC with his mother
(Lucia) and three brothers (John, George and Billy). Within a few months they moved into
their own apartment to start a life of their own.
Katherine had four amazing children James Michael, Maria M., Emmanual Michael (Noli), and
Sophia M. and was widowed at age 34 when Mike passed after his heart surgery. She was a
wonderful mother to her four children and continually displayed her faith as she set about
raising her family. She supported the sons by driving back and forth to their school and with
Jimme's band and Noli's science interests. She encouraged her daughters, Maria and Sophia
to be strong minded and independent.
Katherine is survived by James Michael (son), Maria (daughter), Michael (son-in-law) and
Mike Masten (grandson). Sophia (daughter), Jake (son-in-law), and Jacob Perry
(grandson). Bethany Denikos (Noli's daughter). Katherine is predeceased by son Noli and
grandson Mike Emmanuel Denikos. She also survived by many great-grandchildren.
Katherine lived a long, strong, happy life. She worked for the government for 35 years and
retired from NIH as a graphic designer. She started as a secretary in 1965 and went to the
University of Maryland and learned how to use the computer to work herself up to improve
herself and her family's quality of life. After living in the same house from when she was
married to age 68, she then moved to Leisure World to start a new chapter in her life. After
one year she realized that she had to retire because it was interfering with her social life.
Katherine was very involved in many Leisure World activities with lots of new friends and
people who had been in her life previously. She really enjoyed walking through the
community, meeting new people, and particularly lawn bowling.
Katherine was then reacquainted with Charles Papurchis. A romance soon blossomed and
after 37 years she remarried. They were together for 15 years and they were inseparable.
They traveled the world with cruises, were snowbirds with the winter home in Florida, and
she evolved into a pretty good golfer with Charlie. She had a wonderful life and loved him
She was loved by all and had a special relationship with her church St. Constantine and
Helen Greek Orthodox Church. She was a member of the Daughters of Penelope, and
stewarded the foundation of both the 16th street in Washington and when the church
relocated to Silver Spring with both her time and her financial generosity.
The Family kindly requests in lieu of flowers please donate to:
SAINTS CONSTANTINE & HELEN
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF WASHINGTON, D.C.