Litsa Lee Sfekas, 80, secretary, active in Greek-American groups

September 01, 2002

Litsa Lee Sfekas, a retired legal secretary, died Monday of heart failure at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 80 and lived in Towson.

She was a legal secretary for her husband, James S. Sfekas, whom she married Sept. 2, 1945. Family members said she helped her husband build a legal practice in the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Sfekas was appointed as a Baltimore County District Court judge and later was named to the Circuit Court. He died last year. Mrs. Sfekas also worked for the Baltimore County Department of Education.

"She had a wonderful sense of humor and was a brilliant storyteller," said her son, Stephen J. Sfekas, an attorney who lives in Dickeyville. "She was the life of every party she ever attended. There would be a crowd listening to her stories, laughing at her jokes and joining in her singing."

Born Litsa Mesologites in New York City, she was raised in the Greektown section of Highlandtown and was a graduate of Eastern High School. She earned an associate degree from Strayer Business College.

As a young woman, she worked at a family-owned restaurant on the grounds of the Bethlehem Steel Co.'s Sparrows Point plant.

During World War II, she was active in Greek war relief. She sent money and clothing to Greece to assist families under German occupation.

She was also a member of Greek-American organizations, including the United Chios Societies.

Services were held Friday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, where she was a member.

Mrs. Sfekas is also survived by a daughter, Carole Sfekas of Cockeysville; a brother, George Mesologites of Towson; and seven grandchildren. A son, Constantine James "Kit" Sfekas, a Howard County District Court judge, died in June.

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