Despo G. Korekach, 86, born at home in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh October 23, 1927, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Meadowcrest Nursing Center, Bethel Park.Mrs. Korekach was both baptized and married in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland and remained proud of her Greek heritage and steadfast in her faith.Raised in the Homestead area, she used her considerable artistic talents on the staffs of her school's newspaper and yearbook. She attended Carnegie Art Institute with the dream of entering fashion design, alas, economic necessity and marriage waylaid those plans.Spending her third and fourth decades as a stay-at-home mom, she became a community organizer and fundraiser, member and past-president of the Marigold Elementary PTO in the Munhall Gardens area.She was also an avid bowler, dancer and singer of Broadway show tunes and opera in their language of origin. She re-entered the working world as a sales clerk for the former Sun Drug Co., working her way up to store manager at the Squirrel Hill, Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh locations. She ended her career in retail for the May Co. as a cosmetics consultant for Clinique at Kaufmann's flagship store downtown.The staff at Meadowcrest of Bethel Park cared for her for nearly seven years, and the Bethany Hospice staff cared for her in her final days.Deceased are her parents, Gus Ganopulos, former proprietor of Gus's Place in Homestead, and Roxanne Ekakiades Ganopulos of Greece, and three brothers, Emmanuel I., James G. and Emmanuel II, all of Homestead.Surviving are her only son, James Korekach of McKeesport and wife Susan; three grandsons, Ian James Korekach of Trafford, Adam Luke Korekach of McKeesport and Douglas C. Korekach and wife Christine of Munhall; three great-grandchildren, Evan James, Derek Alexander and Claire Marie; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Greece.Her life-long friends, Christina Tenekedes Burke, and her sisters, Angie and Eva, were loyal to Mrs. Korekach and will not be forgotten.Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday in Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 123 Gilkeson Road, Upper St. Clair. Interment in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.Donations may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, Western PA Conservancy or Arthritis Foundation of Western PA, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 100 West Station Square, Suite 1950, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.Condolences may be expressed at www.jeffersonmemorial.biz.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Apr. 24, 2014