Kalliope “Clara” Vasilikos Rigas was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on August 4, 1932 daughter of the late Flora and Emanuel “Mike” Vasilikos.
Clara and her husband Mike were the founders and owners of Rigas Restaurant for 54 years. Through out those years the love and devotion she showed to their many friends have created memories that Clara’s family and extended family will always cherish.
Clara was a loving and devoted mother to her children, Christopher Rigas, Rosalie (Mike) Kovalyk and Laura (John) Pappas. Also her grandchildren, Theron (Valerie) Pappas, Jonathan Pappas, Michael (Stephanie) Pappas, Alexander Pappas, Clara Kovalyk, Robert Kovalyk and Michael Kovalyk and great grandson, Sebastian Pappas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emanuel “Mike” Rigas on October 14, 1999; they were united in marriage on October 2 , 1949 and her sister, Louise Ellenis.
During these difficult times there will be no visitation. Private services will be held at The Life Giving Fountain Zoodochos Peghe in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Interment to follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zoodochos Peghe by going to TMCFunding.com or directly to the church.
Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmetery Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio.
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