Kalliope “Clara” Vasilikos Rigas

August 4, 1932 - May 17, 2020

08/04/1932 - 05/17/2020

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.

Share your thoughts and memories with Clara’s family at www.bauknechtaltmeyer.com

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stella tsakalos
3 years ago

mother of my godmother,
we remembered you always & will remain in my prayers..i hope you find my mom where you’re at . sadly missed

strlla tsakalos
3 years ago

remember her so well, daughter Rosalie is my godmother & i remember visiting ..may her soul rest in peace

Annie Kotellos
3 years ago

I just found out Clara had died. She was a gem, Mike and I always looked forward to seeing her at work or at one of the Greek picnics. So sorry for your loss, but her memory will certainly be with me.

Michael A. Clark
3 years ago

My thoughts and prayers to Rosalie,Chris & Laura. Your mother was so very sweet & kind to my father (Fred) & I . She treated us like family. Whenever anyone had a conversation, she always greeted you with her precious smile and kind words. God now has two angels, your father & mother

Stan and Carol Stein
3 years ago

Your family has our heartfelt sympathy. Clara was such a kind and hard working lady who always made everyone feel like family. She always had a smile on her face and just made everyone’s day brighter.

Lanny and Debbie Sitar
3 years ago

To all of Clara’s family: Clara was a wonderful person, always kind and thoughtful. Your have our heartfelt sympathy. God bless.

3 years ago

All I van offer is my deepest sympathy for the loss. I hope the family finds the peace they need in such time
May she always RIP

Karen Shipley
3 years ago

Rosalie and the entire Rigas Family,
My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. I was very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Heaven has gained an Angel. May your many, many, many happy memories help get you through this difficult and sad time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love you, Karen Shipley (The Times Leader)

Debbie Bailey
3 years ago

Sincere sympathy for your loss.

Joe & Jolene Hodorowski
3 years ago

We will always have fond memories of Clara who always was kind and considerate to us. She always had time to engage in a pleasant conversation. She will be missed by many valley folks. Thank you Mrs. Rigas.