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The sudden passing of Mr. Mario Couros, 82 years of age, occurred at his residence on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Humboldt. Mario was born on May 8, 1930 to Mihali and Konstandina Kourogiorgas in Astros Kynourias, Greece. His formal education came to an abrupt end in the second grade when schools in Greece were closed near the beginning of World War II. At the age of 14, Mario joined the volunteer Greek Army and fought against Greek Communists who were attempting to take over Greece. In 1950, he was drafted into the regular Greek Army. During his three years of service he attained the rank of corporal as a military policeman. After his honourable discharge he decided to go on an adventure. On December 14, 1957 Mario arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax, was processed and was put on a train that landed him in Regina five days later. Arriving with $15 in his pocket and not much else other that the light clothing he was wearing, the winter weather was a shocking surprise! His first job took him to Moose Jaw where he was a dishwasher. After four months, he moved to Saskatoon where he was first employed at Golf's Restaurant on 2nd Avenue. While a salad maker there, he spent most of his off-time working with the chef to learn the trade, without pay. He soon was promoted as a chef at Golf's. On November 12, 1959, Mario married the love of his life, Mary (Kalomira) Bezbes, in Saskatoon. Shortly after they were married, Mario and Mary moved to Swift Current to run a restaurant. Eleven months later, they came back to Saskatoon where Mario worked as a chef at the Executive Hotel and Golf's Steak House. In August of 1966, Mario and Mary moved to Humboldt where they leased the Pioneer Motor Hotel restaurant with their partners, Chris Papagiorgeou and his wife Sophie. The days were long, many being 18 hours, and sometimes to regain his energy, Mario would have an afternoon nap on a piece of cardboard on the storage room floor. In December 1972, Mario's dream of owning his own restaurant materialized with his purchase of the Ohio Café on Main Street. The business, Mario's Steak and Pizza House, flourished. This became a family business with everyone helping when needed. Mario took pride in his food, and people still talk about his pizza, steaks, ribs, and the famous 'Greek Club.' After he sold the restaurant, Mario found he had a creative streak. He spent time in his shop working on art projects like woodworking and stain glass. He also loved the challenge of taking things apart and putting them back together. He was a lifelong learner, so he made sure he was the first to get a new electronic gadget. He thoroughly enjoyed the last gadget, his iPad. Mario was a very social, giving and caring person who assisted at fundraisers and was always ready and willing to help and have a few laughs. In the last years of his life, Mario joined the Royal Canadian Legion Humboldt Branch #28. Mario volunteered tirelessly for the organization and on January 23, 2013 was awarded the Lifetime Member designation of which he was extremely proud. Greek traditions were very important to him and he instilled them in his family. Mario took his family to Greece a few times so they could appreciate their heritage. After the passing of his only brother, he realized the importance of siblings and wanted his children to always love, support and stay bonded with each other. His life was complete when the grandchildren started to arrive, which made him very so very happy and full of pride. His grandkids absolutely loved being around their papou, and this time provided Mario with some of the happiest moments of his life. The Mario's Restaurant trademark will always remain special in the community of Humboldt. Mario will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife of 53 years Mary Couros of Humboldt; four children and ten grandchildren; Tina (Costas) Tzoganakis of Waterloo, ON and children George, Evangelos, Maria, Kassiani and Ioannis; Michael (Brenda) Couros of Saskatoon and children Marina and Nicholas (Telessa); Alec (Claudia) Couros of Regina and children Mary, Marinos and Sophia; and George Couros of Edmonton, AB; three sisters: Soula, Eleni and Marika all of Greece; Mary's family: sister Jean (Gus) and brother Peter (Tina) in Saskatoon and sisters Athena and Athanasia of Greece and all of their families. Mario was predeceased by his parents Mihali and Konstandina Kourogiorgas and brother George. A Prayer Service will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. from Malinoski & Danyluik Funeral Home, Hwy 5 East Humboldt. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church (1020 Dufferin Avenue) Saskatoon. Both services will be officiated by Rev. Fr. George Tolias. Interment will follow at Humboldt Public Cemetery (Legion Section) following the funeral service with a memorial luncheon at the Canadian Royal Legion Hall (Main Street south) Humboldt. Memorial donations in Mario's memory may be directed to Royal Canadian Legion (Humboldt Branch #28), the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and/or the Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to MALINOSKI & DANYLUIK FUNERAL HOME Humboldt 682-1622.

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Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Mar. 30, 2013.
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April 7, 2013
It is always weird to see someone so prominent in your childhood pass away. Your dad is such a strong person and personality - never forgotten and will be always remembered.
Regan Holt
April 2, 2013
Dear Mary - Pat and I just heard the news of Mario. You and Mario were so good to us when we were in Humboldt and you have our most sincere appreciation. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family with deep sympathy. Mario was indeed a very special man.

Mary and Pat Miller
Mary Miller
April 2, 2013
Our deepest condolences and sympathy on the loss of Mario.
Kevin and Hally Manderscheid
April 2, 2013
Mary and Family:Our deepest sympathy to all of you.We are in our thoughts and prayers. I have nothing but good memories of our times together.
Take care
Joanne and Wes Bader
April 2, 2013
Mary and family, Our deepest sympathy on Mario's passing. We remember the great food at Mario's Restaurant and the wonderful man that he was. Take Care Mary. Dennis & Lorraine Biblow
April 2, 2013
So sorry to hear of your great loss. Our sympathies and prayers.
Gerald and Bernice Junk
April 1, 2013
Mary and family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Mario
David Bacon
April 1, 2013
Mary & Family: We are so sorry to learn of the passing of our friend Mario. Our thoughts and prays are with you and your family. We will see you when we return home with your newspaper.
Boyd & Irene Henderson
April 1, 2013
Randy Kendel
April 1, 2013
Sharing your grief in this time of bereavement with deepest sympathy and condolence
Irmeli Aro
March 31, 2013
Dearest Alec and George,
While I didn't have the privilege of knowing your dear father, I know he did an outstanding job of raising you two. Both of you give so tirelessly to the education community, just as your dad gave to his community. I am blessed to know both of you and value our friendship. Know that I am thinking of you both during this life-changing time.
Paula Naugle
March 31, 2013
Our sympathy goes out to you,Mary,and your family,at this time
of the loss of a husband and father.Blessings Tony & Maxcine.
Maxcine Pickering
March 31, 2013
Dear Mary, Tina, Michael, Alec,and George,
Our sympathies to you Mary and your families.
We have great memories of Mario. John just mentioned the other day how he wished he could remember the number of steaks and bacon and eggs Mario cooked for him in his single days and how many pay checks were signed over to Marios. However, he does remember Mario and how he loved to be in on the out of training and the garlic concoction applied to his shaved armpit. Not good when it was 90 degrees and no air conditioning in police car and you started to perspire "that Mario" !
My first real job was working as a waitress for Mario and Mary at the pioneer hotel. Best job I ever had, picked up the Greek language karpuzzi(watermelon) feta cheese and understood that work hard, be kind to people and you might get a tip.....seriously I was taught the best work ethic . Thankyou for that.
We are very sorry that we are unable to attend the service but we are thinking of you all.
Mario and my mom (Nettie) I'm sure are having a great time together and mario making her favorite "weal cutlets"
Thanks for the memories and god bless you all.
Hugs to all, ,John and Valerie Hodgson and family.
March 30, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we wish you love, strength and peace during this difficult time.
Dellios Family
March 30, 2013
to Mary and family: Humboldt won't be the same without Mario

Dorothy Sollosy
March 30, 2013
Mary & Family:
Please accept my deepest sympathy in your great loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you during these difficult times
Napoleon Boutin
March 30, 2013
Michael, Brenda, Nicholas, Telessa & Marina
We are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad & Grandfather. May your memories carry you through this very difficult time. Our thoughts are with all of you.
Always with Love,
Hali & Myrl
Hali & Myrl Stus
March 30, 2013
We are going to miss you lots "Dad" you took good care of all of us!
Michael Behiel
March 30, 2013
Alec and family,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your father's legacy will continue to sustain and inspire throughout the generations to come.
Yvette Beutel
March 30, 2013
Mary & families:
We very shocked to hear about Mario. He was a very loving father and business man. May he rest in peace. They always say that the lord takes the best, he was one that was though people that you just loved.
Judy & Paul Ulrich
March 30, 2013
Words can't express how much I miss you dad. You meant the world to me, and I know that you truly loved us. We all miss you - mom, your kids, your grandkids, and all of the people you've touched over the course of your life. I promise to be everything that you expected me to be. I will make you proud. I will take care of my family. I will be the father and the man that you always expected me to be.
Alec Couroa
March 30, 2013
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
Tracy Brittain Loyek
Tracy Brittain Loyek
March 30, 2013
The true measure of your life is, without a doubt- a vibrant, accomplished, and beautiful family. I know only your son George, but know your passion lives on through each member. Peace to them & all who know and love you.
Rosemary West
March 30, 2013
I miss you dad...thank you for giving me every opportunity in the world. I hope that we will continue to make you as proud of us as we were of you.
George Couros
March 30, 2013
"Eternal be his memory. May his memory be eternal."
May God bless the Couros family in this time of sorrow. It's never easy to lose a loved one, I pray you will find comfort in joyful memories.
Charlene Chausis
March 30, 2013
What an incredible life story of courage, love and perseverance
Sharon Davison
March 30, 2013
What a fantastic life that Mr. Couros lived and legacy that he has left behind. My prayers are with your family.
Rafranz Davis
March 30, 2013
Mary: So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim and Lani Carnago
Jim & Lani Carbagi
March 30, 2013
Mike I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you at this time.
Barry Deditch
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