Word has been received that Catherine T. Fackos, who with her sister operated the Nicholas E. Tsiknas family store following the death of their father, died at her Falmouth home on December 14. She was 95.
She was the daughter of Nicholas E. and Aglaia Tsiknas. Her mother was born in Mytelene, Greece, and came to Falmouth in 1923 and her father had arrived in town in 1910, at which time he opened Candy Kitchen, a fruit and candy store on Main Street. Her parents later owned the Nicholas E. Tsiknas Company, a package store formerly on Main Street.
A member of the Class of 1944 at Lawrence High School, after her graduation from Mount Ida Junior College in 1946, she returned to Falmouth to work for her family’s Falmouth and Woods Hole liquor/grocery business, Nicholas E. Tsiknas Company.
She and John J. Fackos were wed on November 24, 1949.
The couple worked in the family business, and when Ms. Fackos’s father died in 1965, she and her sister, Frances T. Vallone, continued as co-owners in the business with their husbands until it was sold in 1972. Their mother died in 1998 at the age of 99.
She and her husband became members of Woods Hole Golf Club in 1959 and spent much time playing golf and bridge there, as well as attending family events at the clubhouse. They were still members in 2016, when Mr. Fackos died.
Ms. Fackos learned how to cook from her mother and became accomplished at it and enjoyed the process. She also learned about natural foods and kept herself healthy through eating organic foods and daily exercise.
She was able to remain in her home with the assistance of caregivers during her last several years.
She leaves her granddaughters, Serena Fackos Setzer of Key West, Florida, and Zoe Klumph of Fort Collins, Colorado; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Leah F. Klumph; her son, Dean J. Fackos; and her sister, Efrosini Tsiknas Vallone.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 6, from 1 to 2 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral service will begin at 2 o’clock in the funeral home, officiated by the Reverend Timothy Curren of St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Cape Cod.
Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery on Jones Road in Falmouth.