Steve Pappas

Steve Pappas, 87, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013.

Steve was born August 11, 1925 to Michael and Diamondo (Bitzani) Papademetriou in Tripolis, Greece and had been an Akron area resident his entire life. He was 18 when he served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborn Division as a paratrooper and in the 325th Glider Infantry. He was wounded in Holland during the European Campaign and received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his bravery under fire. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Returning home, Steve was a self employed business man and worked with his brothers at Pappas Realty for over 50 years. Steve lived life on his own terms, never imposing on anyone yet was always ready to help a friend or stranger in need. His love for his family was unconditional and seemed to have no limit. His life was a lesson in the art of anticipating the needs of those he loved and caring for them without asking for something in return.

Steve was preceded in death by brother, George Pappas and sisters, Anna Pappas and Sophia Chomolou. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marie (nee Raccuia); siblings, Pete (Nancy) Pappas, Gus (Mijó) Pappas and Becky (John) Carvaines; sister-in-law, Donna Pappas; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12 p.m. (Noon) at the Anthony Funeral Home Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St., Akron, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to service, Rev. Fr. Jerry Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Donations may be made to Matthew 8:20, 1096 S. Main St., Akron 44301. (Anthony, Akron, 330.724.1281,

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Mar. 31 to Apr. 2, 2013