Sophie A. Cavacos, 93, churchwoman, volunteer

August 01, 2002

Sophie A. Cavacos, who had lived in Hampden for nearly 70 years and was known for her colorful millinery, died Monday from respiratory failure at the Fells Point home of her daughter. She was 93.

Born the daughter of Greek immigrants in New York, Sophie Koutsoukos moved with her family to Washington, where she graduated from high school.

Before her 1934 marriage to Andrew T. "Doc" Cavacos, she worked for the Census Bureau and the post office.

After her husband's death in 1992, Mrs. Cavacos continued to live in the apartment the couple shared for nearly 60 years above his pharmacy at 36th Street and Roland Avenue.

Deeply religious and proud of her Greek heritage, she was an active member of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation and belonged to its Golden Age and Daughters of Penelope and Philoptohos societies.

She volunteered with the Red Cross and the International Center of the YMCA. She also was a volunteer Immigration and Naturalization Service translator helping newly arrived Greek immigrants.

Mrs. Cavacos was seldom without a stylish and colorful hat.

"She was a real downtown lady who bought her hats at Stewart's, Hutzler's and the May Co.," said her daughter, Mary A. Cavacos of Fells Point.

Mrs. Cavacos also enjoyed traveling, entertaining and preparing Greek specialties.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Greek Orthodox cathedral, 24 W. Preston St.

In addition to her daughter, she is survived by a son, Theodore Cavacos of Hampden; three sisters, Mary Gianaris of Washington, Theone Bambacus of Frostburg and Virginia Mulcare of Silver Spring; four grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

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