Katherine (Kay) Valone, age 80, fell asleep to the Lord Jesus Christ on November 27, 2012. The loving daughter of the late Constantine (Gus) and Gianoula (nee Ladas) Valone; beloved sister of Harry (late Marjorie) and the late Victoria (late Sam) Kalas, late Louis, late George (late Mercedes), and the late James (late Lucille); loving aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews. Katherine will be missed by her dear cousins, relatives, and friends. Retired Chicago Public School Teacher of more than 20 years, Katherine also taught in Morocco and Greece in her youth, and traveled throughout Europe, as well as Constantinople and South America. Her favorite destination was the Holy Land, where she witnessed modern war and ancient religious sites and traditions. Dedicated to life-long learning, Katherine received two Master's Degrees from the University of Chicago. Katherine devoted herself to the Greek Orthodox Church. Founder of Phosadelphia ("Phos") Mission, a non-profit organization, and was equally dedicated to her parish, S.S. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Palos Hills. Intimately involved in the design and building of the Church and school, she participated in the development of the Sunday school curriculum, as well as the day school, Koraes. Katherine taught Bible Study throughout her life. For more than 30 years Katherine was the editorial columnist for "The View from the Pew"; never fearful of commenting on what she thought were wrongs or injustices. Visitation Friday, 3 to 9 p.m., at Hills Funeral Home, Ltd., 10201 S. Roberts Rd. (8000W), Palos Hills. Funeral Saturday, beginning 9:15 a.m., from the funeral home to S.S. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Service 10 a.m. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Koraes Endowment Fund or S.S. Constantine and Helen Church appreciated. "Blessed is the path on which you are traveling, O Soul, for a peaceful place is being prepared for you." May Her Memory Be Eternal. Info: 708-598-5880 or hillsfh.com
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Nov. 29, 2012.