Litsa Dourakos Pakas, 94, restaurateur, volunteer

October 31, 2004

Litsa Dourakos Pakas, a former restaurant owner and church volunteer, died of renal failure Monday at Mercy Medical Center. The Baltimore resident was 94.

Born Litsa Dourakos in Pittsburgh while her parents were visiting the United States, she was raised in Greece. She immigrated to the United States in 1939, shortly before the Nazi occupation. Two years later, she married George Pakas. The couple soon opened George's Restaurant in Martinsburg, W. Va.

After her husband's death in 1957, Mrs. Pakas continued to operate the restaurant and raise her two young children. Her younger brother, Ted Dourakos, and their mother, Kalomira Dourakos, left Greece to help her in the business.

Mr. Dourakos eventually moved to Baltimore, graduated from the Maryland Institute of Art and established himself as an artist and sculptor. When Mrs. Pakas retired in 1972, she followed her brother, who died in 2001, to the city and became active in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. She participated in several ministries including the Friends of the Poor and the Golden Age Club. She was a fixture at the church's annual three-day festival, working the pastry booth well into her 80s.

Services were Friday at the cathedral.

Survivors include a son, Pete Pakas of Baltimore; a daughter, Evie Pakas Williams of Catonsville; two sisters, Katie Deimendes of Alexandria, Va., and Pipitsa Papadopoulos of Athens, Greece; and two granddaughters.

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