Irene Covras Katechis, 90, of Milford and formerly of Meriden, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She was the beloved wife of the late George D. Katechis for 57 years. Daughter of the late Nicholas and Susanna Michaelides Covras, Irene was born in Lynn, MA on September 30, 1927. She was an active member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in New Britain for 50 years before moving and becoming a member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange. Irene was also a lifetime member of the Daughters of Penelope. Throughout her life, she worked as a bookkeeper for several different retail companies. Irene was the embodiment of patience, kindness, class and grace. To know her was to love her. Her smile could brighten anyone’s day and her positive outlook was contagious. Her unshakeable belief in her faith allowed her to win her courageous nine-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Irene’s happiest moments came from spending time in Florida, and creating memories with her family, especially her grandchildren, of whom she was most proud. As the matriarch of her family, Irene was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She is survived by her daughters; Helen and her husband Peter Pappas, and Sue and her husband David Esposito, grandchildren; Daniel Pappas and his wife Amanda, Andrea Pappas, Katie Esposito, and Anthony Esposito, brother-in-law John Stargu, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Irene was predeceased by her brother George Covras and his wife Mary; and sister Mary Stargu. Relatives and friends are invited to a Funeral Liturgy on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd., Orange. Everyone is asked to meet directly at church. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, 817 Old Colony Rd., Meriden. Visitation with Irene's family will take place on Thursday, March 15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Porto Funeral Home, 830 Jones Hill Rd., West Haven. Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements. Memorial donations in Irene's name may be made to St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.

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  1. Irene will be dearly missed from her extended CT/FLA family, Jim and Amy Connors. We loved Irene as she was so patient and kind. She was an amazing woman to say the least. May God Bless Irene and wow, what a beautiful Angel protecting all of us. May God Bless her family through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. All our love, Jim and Amy Connors

  2. Irene’s story is one of hope and faith. Her ongoing love will be felt and seen through her loving family carrying on her great determination and faith through their own lives. Her family and friends were privileged to see this exceptional goodness in her on an everyday basis and she shared this gentleness with anyone whom she met. We thank God for Irene. Ever-loved and ever-remembered. May her memory be eternal. In Christ, Fr. Peter and Presbytera Vangie

  3. .To know her was to love her.. The truest statement ever. Love you Yiayia, I will forever cherish your kind presence & smile. Thank you for raising such an unbelievably amazing family. Sending my love & condolences to you all during this difficult time. May your faith help ease your pain, may your memories bring a smile, & may you find comfort in knowing a beautiful angel watches over you. All my love, Aleesh

  4. Blessed to have met Miss Irene, such a sweet soul. Sending love and hugs to you all xoxo. Angela, Darrin, Natalie and Adam

  5. Heaven certainly gained an angel. My love and prayers are with all of you during this time, may all of your memories bring joy to your hearts. Yia yia for sure is an amazing woman with such wonderful qualities, some that I see in you Andrea…that smile that could brighten anyone’s day and your positive outlook for life being contagious. A beautiful family, love you always xo

  6. Our beautiful kind aunt! She was one of a kind! We have beautiful memories with her, the whole Katechis family did! . May her memory be eternal..we all shall miss you thia. <3

  7. Dearest θεία..I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to attend your services and say our last goodbyes as you left this earth.. I’m so glad I was able to see you at the hospital the day prior to your passing..I know you were able to hear us as we spoke to you and told you how much we loved you and how much we appreciated all that you have done for me and my family as we grew and continued to be such a great influence to all of us as your health began to deteriorate..you still stood tall and kept that wonderful smile through all that you had to endure and you fought the odds much longer than some would have expected.. you will be greatly missed by all of us and I hope you are in Gods hands looking down on us with my mother and θείος George and will continue to watch over us all until our time comes to be with you again..

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