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KAITSE Athena

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KAITSE (ATHENA)

Passed away 02.05.2022 aged 87 years.

Dearly loved wife of George. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Chris and Mary, Mary and Vic, Nick and Suzanne.

Cherished Baba of Jessica and Roger, Michael, Anthony and Lauren, Alex and Kelly, Nicholas and Rebecca, Daniel, Tryan, Kristian and Siena.

Loving great grandmother of Elke, Caspar, Noa and Leon.

Forever in our Hearts. Rest in peace.

Published 4th May, 2022
ID: 4610903 GB: 4610546

KAITSE:

The Funeral Service for Mrs Athena Kaitse will be held in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral St Constantine and Helene, Parker Street, Northbridge commencing at 9:30am on SATURDAY (07.05.2022). The cortege will leave the Cathedral at the conclusion of the Service and arrive at the main entrance of KARRAKATTA Cemetery, Railway Road, Karrakatta at 11:00am for a Burial Service.

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  • KAITSE (Athena):

    One of my earliest memories of my Baba was her rocking me to sleep in my bed and singing Goodnight Irene. Nonetheless, I would always fall asleep to her song and her rocking, which I insisted that she do even when I moved to a big-girl-bed. She would be momentarily exasperated at the thought of trying to rock a mattress to get this little girl to sleep, but she did it anyway. I’d fall asleep without fail.

    I never actually realized how much this truly comforted me, until a couple of years ago at the age of 35, I was up one night and struggled to fall asleep. Before even realising what I was doing, I started rocking myself to sleep like I was a small child and sure enough, I fell straight to sleep.

    Do we ever truly grow up, or do the memories of comfort that someone gave to us in our moments of complete vulnerability do we remember and replay in the time when we need it most?

    Out of all the women in my life, my Baba Tina was one that truly stood out. Even though I could never truly understand why she did the things she did, purely based on the fact that we were born in completely different parts of the world, in completely different time periods and completely different cultures, this is what I did, and still do understand about her.

    For one thing, I never thought I would be speaking of these thoughts of her soon after her passing because I thought she was immortal. I don’t say this based on the fear that is inherent in all of us, that we’re afraid to lose the ones we love and can’t bring ourselves to think of the day they’re no longer with us, but because she was truly unstoppable. I know for a fact that absolutely no one who knew her would disagree with this sentiment. I was certain, with about 0.5% doubt - due to general human mortality - that she could survive several nuclear wars and be cooking for all of us in the aftermath.

    Her duty to her family and her role as a matriarch of her family was another trait that I was always in awe of. Not only would she be cooking, cleaning and tending to her family, putting everyone first above herself, but she’d be doing it to the point where I questioned where she got her energy from. I can recall countless times that we’d all be sitting at the table enjoying her famous potatoes that were so drenched in oil and salt but my god, were they good. Aesthetically pleasing food was certainly not her forte, but damn she knew how to make a good meal, which she would begrudgingly eat after she was forced to sit down with us because we’d be pleading with her to stop running around and serving us, and to join us.

    She certainly did not like being told what to do and once she set her mind to something, that was just the way it was going to be and there was no telling her otherwise. Shortly after I returned back home from Poland, I needed furniture for our new house. I was glad to get whatever she and Dedo had in that second shed but I was not prepared for her to dive right in, start moving around heavy bed heads and tables to get these chairs that were buried in the back. I remember dad and I telling her that we’d do it, but she absolutely refused to the point that we both knew that if we pressed any further it was simply going to fall on deaf ears.

    But one of my most favourite memories of her was when I had dropped in after uni, and she and dedo got into some kind of minor tiff - I’m not even sure how it started or what it was about.. It was almost like watching a comedic duo performing. There was chin flipping and exasperated sighs and she got the last word. He sullenly returned to his meal that she prepared for him, either knowing she was right or just realizing that he was never going to win. Her duty to her family was one thing, but not ever taking shit from anyone, now that was something that I found and will always find, absolutely admirable.

    There’s one last thing about my Baba - besides all the times that she quickly shoved $20 bucks in my hand without Dedo seeing (I was never too sure why she did that) whenever I dropped in for lunch, or trying to give me food to take home as if I didn’t have access to a supermarket, she would pretty much give me whatever I wanted, straight off her back. I liked a necklace she was wearing once. She gave it to me. I found a beautiful watch in the shed, she let me have it. I opened an online vintage store for a while, she opened her closet and let me take whatever it was I wanted from it to sell. I told her I liked a ring she was wearing and one day came home to find it on my desk - she’d given it to dad to give to me simply because I said I liked it.

    To me, she wasn’t much for saying I Love You’s, but after my Baba Anne died, I needed to make a point to say it to Baba Tina every time I was saying goodbye. And the greatest thing, each and every time, was when she’d say it back.

    Wednesday, 18 May 2022 Submitted online by Jessica Kaitse
  • KAITSE (ATHENA)

    To my beautiful Mother and Baba. Our hearts are broken for now but your courage inspired us and your love of family will give us loving joy for life. Now with Dad and Dedo and Family. We wish you rest in peace and God forever bless your soul.

    Love Nick, Suzi, Tryan, Kristian and Siena Kaitse

    Thursday, 5 May 2022 Published in The West Australian
  • KAITSE (ATHENA)

    Our beautiful mum and Baba Tina, you were such a kind, strong, courageous and selfless woman. Your family was your world and you were always there for everyone. You loved to feed anyone who walked through your door. We will miss our chats and your stories and most of all we love and miss you. Treasured memories will forever be in our hearts. Finally reunited with dad. Rest in peace mum. Your loving daughter Mary, son-in-law Vic and grandchildren Michael, Alex and Kelly and Daniel.

    Friday, 6 May 2022 Published in The West Australian

  • KAITSE (ATHENA)

    Sadly passed away on 2nd May 2022. Treasured memories of a loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. We are heartbroken, but you can now rest with Dad. Rest in peace, Mum. You are loved so very much and life will never be the same without you. Your legacy will live on.

    Forever in our hearts. Your loving son, Chris, daughter-in-law Mary, grandchildren Jessica, Anthony and Nicholas and partners, Roger, Lauren and Rebecca and great grandchildren, Elke, Caspar, Noa and Leon.

    Wednesday, 4 May 2022 Published in The West Australian
  • KAITSE (ATHENA)

    With deepest sympathy to Chris, Mary, Nick and Families. She will be dearly missed. Love from your sister Theodora and Teta to The Jakimowiez and Wityk Families. RIP.

    Thursday, 5 May 2022 Published in The West Australian
  • KAITSE (ATHENA)

    Deepest sympathy to Chris, Mary, Nick and families for the loss of your mother. RIP. Con and Faye Goulas and family.

    Friday, 6 May 2022 Published in The West Australian
  • KAITSE (ATHENA)

    Deepest sympathy to Chris, Mary, Nick and families on your sad loss. May she rest in peace. Tom and Kathy, Louis and Freda, Anna and Kevin, Angie and families.

    Friday, 6 May 2022 Published in The West Australian
  • KAITSE (ATHENA)

    Deepest sympathy to Mary and Vic, Nick and Suzanne, Chris and Mary on the passing of your dear mother Athena, may she rest in peace.

    Love from Don and Kathy Evans and families and Michael Ivanoff

    Friday, 6 May 2022 Published in The West Australian
  • KAITSE ATHENA In loving memory of my dear friend. Deepest sympathy to her families. Theo, Stella and family

    Friday, 6 May 2022 Published in The West Australian

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