maria kochilas


In Memory Of Maria M. Kochilas

Chicago, Illinois

Maria Kochilas, nee Mavros, passed away on May 13, 2024 at the age of 83. Beloved and cherished wife of the late Ted for an extraordinary 52 years, dearest daughter of the late Phillip and Dorothy, nee Cotsones, loving sister of the late Lillian (Louis) Apostolou, treasured aunt of Phillip (Nicole) Apostolou, Lea (Chris) Sioukas, and Maria (Andrew) Limouris, cherished great-aunt of Denin, Grant, Louis, Ellis, Eli, Lillian, and Lidia, adored niece of the late Chris Cotsones, the late Georgia (Angelo) Alexander, and the late John (Angie) Cotsones, dear sister-in-law of Mersina (the late Christos) Rousos, Eleni (the late Lazaros) Patsakas, the late Elias (Vaso) Kochilas, the late Avgeri (Maria) Kochilas, Marika (the late Xenos) Manolis, and the late Michael Kochilas, fond aunt to many more adoring nieces and nephews, dear cousins and loving friends.

Maria was born in 1941 and raised in the Chicago neighborhood of South Shore with her close knit family. Her aunts, uncles and first cousins were her neighbors and they made wonderful memories together over the years. She and her younger sister, Lillian, grew up attending Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church and Hyde Park High School where they were active in many events over the years. Maria enjoyed singing in the junior choir, took piano lessons, and was active in GOYA. She had a sparkling personality and a zest for life. She loved to dance and socialize with close circles of friends. Upon meeting her for the first time, her charisma, her passion and her humor all left a lasting impression. 

While attending Roosevelt University, she met Ted and it was love at first sight. A true love story for the ages, they were married for a blissful 52 years, and Maria was continuously devoted to Ted for the additional 13 years after his passing. Partners in life, love and business, they successfully operated Mr. Ted’s Beauty Shop together for 10 years. In 1972 they incorporated Certified Painting, which they owned and operated for almost 40 years. She was the first woman owned business for industrial painting in the Chicago area and respected for her involvement in the business. 

Maria and Ted shared a passion for Ted’s village of Magganitis, Ikaria, Greece, where Maria’s father, Phillip, was also born and raised. Together, she and Ted built a home in their beloved village and continued to go back year after year to spend cherished time with family and friends. They loved to travel together and made frequent trips to some of their favorite destinations, including Arizona and Nevada. Together with family and friends, they also frequented the annual Pan-Icarian conventions across the US.

In Chicago, Maria had a very close community of friends from their island who were like family to her. Maria, along with other Icarian women, was instrumental in organizing and chartering Naucrates Women’s Auxiliary, from its inception to its closure whereupon she became an active member of the Pan Icarian Brotherhood Chapter Foutrides for many years. She hosted Bunco parties, charity events, organized dances and helped at the annual conventions. 

A consummate hostess, Maria’s door was always open to friends and family who would often drop by any time of the day at her treasured home she owned for over 50 years. Vibrant, confident and strong, Maria was above all the most generous and loving of people. She gave from her heart often and freely. She considered her late sister’s children and grandchildren her own, joyfully attending holidays, parties, and special events over the years – celebrating and loving them just as a mother and grandmother would. Her smile, kind heart and bright spirit will always be remembered. 

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 28th 10:00 AM with a funeral service following at 11:00 AM at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church 11025 South Roberts Road, Palos Hills, IL. Maria will be laid to rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 6001 W 111th Street, Alsip, IL. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Maria’s memory to, The Pan-Icarian Foundation

Forever in our hearts with loving memories.


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