Niki Kokolis

March 10, 1942 - February 5, 2015
Niki Kokolis

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Niki Kokolis of Williamsburg, VA died on February 5, 2015, at the age of 72. Niki was born on March 10, 1942 to Panagiotis Dimitrios Kokolis and Katerina Katsoulis Kokolis.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, James John Kokolis and their three children, daughter Katherine (Rina) Kokolis Hagopian, her husband Michael, sons John James Kokolis and Peter James Kokolis, his wife Christina. Niki was a grandmother of 6 grandchildren, James, Anastasia and Nicole Hagopian, and Noelle, Arianna, and James Peter Kokolis. Niki is also survived by her sister Helen Kanelos and nephew, Frank Kanelos of Williamsburg, VA, her brother and sister-in-law of Vasilakion, Greece, Dimitrios P. Kokolis and Danai Kokolis. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and extended family in the United States and Greece.

Niki came to the United States on August 5, 1961 and married the love of her life on August 14,1961. They started their life together in Hanover, PA from 1961-1964. Following their time in Hanover, they lived Williamsburg and Charlottesville VA, where they opened the first Aberdeen Barn Steakhouse in Williamsburg in 1969. In 1970 they moved to Norfolk, VA where they further embarked in their lifelong journey in the restaurant business, opening the Aberdeen Barn in Virginia Beach, VA.

In 1976, their desire to be near family and transition into the pizza business brought Niki and their three children to Williamsburg, where she was a resident for over 40 years. She and her husband were the proud and successful owners of The Olde Towne Pizza of James-York Plaza from 1976 through 1985; and Jimmy’s Pizza and Pasta from 1985-2002.

Niki was the cornerstone of her family and a pillar of strength to those who knew her. Niki’s brilliant smile and beauty will remain in everyone’s hearts.

A viewing will be held at 6 o’clock in the evening on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 4900 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. The funeral will be held Monday, February 9, 2015 at 10:00 am at St. Demetrios Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Niki Kokolis to the St. Demetrios Church, Williamsburg, VA.

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  • February 24, 2015
    Alexis Canavos Moloney says:
    Dear Kokolis Family, So sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful mother. I have such fond memories of all of us growing up in Williamsburg together. She was always so kind and loving and always had a smile on her face. You all did such a great job caring for your mother under such difficult circumstances. Love to you all. Alexis Canavos Moloney

  • February 10, 2015
    Dean Eich says:
    Jim, John, Pete, Rina, My sincere condolences. Niki was dear to us all. Dean

  • February 10, 2015
    Mary Eich Lusignan says:
    Jimmy and family I am so sorry to here about Niki. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. Mary and family

  • February 09, 2015
    Tom & NInfa Garner says:
    John Peter and family, Ninfa and I are so very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please know that our thought and prayers are with you in time of sadness.

  • February 07, 2015
    Mickey & Vicki Chohany and girls says:
    Our dearest sympathy to Pete and John! May your hearts be filled with all the loving memories of your precious mom ...forever. Prayerful love, Vicki, Mickey, Hailey and Olivia