Veronica S. Sakalas, 75, waitress at Double-T Diner

July 09, 2002

Veronica S. Sakalas, who worked as a waitress at the Double-T Diner in Ellicott City for 40 years, died of lung cancer Wednesday at her Lansdowne home. She was 75.

Born Veronica Salamon in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., she attended Coughlin High School in Coughlin, Pa.

She was married in 1946 to Michael Sakalas, and they settled in Baltimore in the early 1950s.

Mrs. Sakalas went to work as a waitress at the Double-T on Route 40 in Ellicott City in 1962 and retired in February.

"She loved to be around people and enjoyed telling jokes. We always called them `diner jokes' because she brought them home from the Double-T," said her daughter, Rita A. Golden of Linthicum.

Mrs. Sakalas was a communicant for more than 35 years of St. Clement I in Lansdowne, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she is survived by a son, David A. Sakalas of Street; four sisters, Ann Piasecki, Sue Fowble, Betty Austin and Irene Maszgay, all of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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