Maria T. Chikos

May 10, 1927April 4, 2019

With sadness, the family of Maria T. Chikos announces the passing of their beloved Mother, Yiayia and Great Yiayia. On the evening of April 4th, 2019 with family members at her side, Maria took her last breath on earth and entered Heaven. She was a remarkable woman with tremendous faith, strength, selflessness, and capacity to love. Maria was the cornerstone of our family and will be greatly missed. Born on May 10, 1927 in Meligalas, Greece, Maria died a few weeks shy of her 92nd birthday. After raising her two brothers and a sister, she immigrated into the United States in October 1951 through Ellis Island, to live with her uncle in Chicago. She visited Bridgeport in 1952 and met the love of her life Ted J. Chikos and was married to him for 30 years. She loved living on the farm, just down from Angora hill, where they raised their seven children. Maria was proud of her Greek heritage and was a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Bayard for 66 years, and very rarely missed a Sunday service. Her passions in life were centered around church, walking, gardening, cooking, enjoying her family, friends and neighbors, following the Cornhusker teams and the Greek Freak. Her baklava has always been a favorite at the Greek Festival. In 1986 Maria moved into town, across from the park, after her husband Ted passed away. She is most proud of her 20 years of service as a cook in the Bridgeport School System and her 30 years of service at the Bridgeport nursing home. Through these experiences she grew to know just about everyone in town. Maria is survived by six children: John (and Jeanine) of Baton Rouge, LA, Pete (and Robin) of Seattle, WA, Mike of Norfolk, NE, Irene Pappas of Bridgeport, NE, Jim (and Michelle) of Rapid City, SD, and Daniel of Cebu, Philippines; her sister Vasso in Greece; thirteen grandchildren (Jennifer Adams, Jayme and Julie Chikos; Andy Chikos and Kay Tomoson; Cody Chikos; Christopher Chikos, Heidi Bailey and Michael Chikos; Nicholas and Johnny Pappas; Tyler and Kaili Chikos); and twelve great-grandchildren (Duncan and Piper Adams; Adeline Chikos; Theodore Tomoson; Colton, Karly and Kiera Chikos; Thomas and Madeline Chikos; Hannah, Eva, and Jonah Bailey).

She is preceded in death by her parents Pete and Ethel Mintzas, two brothers (Aleko and John Mintzas), her husband Ted, and son George. Services will be held Monday, April 8, 2019, at 10:30 AM at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Bayard, with Father Christodoulos George Papadeas of Denver officiating. Internment will be in the Bayard Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3-6 PM Sunday with a Trisagion Prayer Service to follow at 6:00 PM, both at the Greek Orthodox Church. Memorials may be made to the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. Online condolences may be left at

May Her Memory Be Eternal



  • Brad Adams, Casket Bearer
  • Christifer Tomoson, Casket Bearer
  • Andy Chikos, Casket Bearer
  • Cody Chikos, Casket Bearer
  • Sam Bailey, Casket Bearer
  • Christopher Chikos, Casket Bearer
  • Michael Chikos, Casket Bearer
  • Nicholas Pappas, Casket Bearer
  • Johnny Pappas, Casket Bearer
  • Tyler Chikos, Casket Bearer

  • Assumption Greek Orthodox Church


  • Visitation Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Trisagion Prayer Service Sunday, April 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 8, 2019

Maria T. Chikos

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Sarah Dinnel Banghart

April 7, 2019

I have always been so proud of my Greek heritage, so I remember when I graduated high school in 2000, I asked Aunt Mary if she would please make me Kourambiedes( which I used to call crumbley-Etta’s) and pastitsio. Of course Aunt Mary agreed and I was thrilled! Her cooking was of course a hit! I loved her sweets and she was always so welcoming. We will miss her.

Lorrel and Chris Lancaster

April 7, 2019

On trip to Nebraska in 2016, we visited Aunt Mary and she showed us her bedrooms covered with boxes of sweets ready for the Greek Picnic. She asked us is we wanted coffee and we Chris replied, oh we are good and she said, What you mean you good, and Chris replied yes coffee would be good, which we had with a few of the sweets she had saved for us.

Lorrel Lancaster

April 7, 2019

I always loved visiting Aunt Mary's house. When mom and I visited one summer day, she was not at home. But the dining table was set with chocolate chip cookies and empty glasses. I think her grandsons had come for after school snack. We gladly took all the chocolate chip cookies that were left and wrote her a note on a napkin that we would come the next day, but we were taking all the cookies! She called when she got home and said she originally thought the boy must have been really hungry . We all had a good laugh and before we had to return to Maryland, she had us over for a full Greek meal of lamb, roasted potatoes, carrots and Greek salad. We all had a great time and shared lots of memories. So sorry she is gone

Chris Chikos Lancaster

April 7, 2019

I remember going to Aunt Mary's basement kitchen in June 1976 to make diples for my wedding. Yiayia Irene was the kitchen table rolling out the dough paper thin with a rolling pin. There were a couple of electric fry pans full of oil and mom was rolling the pieces that Aunt Mary had cut and stretched and added to the hot oil. There was much discussion at each of the steps of rolling dough, cutting dough, stretching dough, and exactly when to turn so would be just the right color. Irene , sister Lorri and I were trying to keep a low profile. We were assigned the chopping of nuts, checking the simple syrup upstairs, tidying up and looking busy at all times. Do not know how many diples we made but there were boxes of them. It is a great memory of a wonderful person and I am sad that she is gone.

Helen McConnell

April 7, 2019

Maria was a great landlord and friend. Our sympathy and prayers for the family. She has probably already planted something new in heaven.
Norm and Helen McConnell

Virgil Hagel

April 6, 2019

Mary Chikos was one of my favorite Coop customers... She loved to chit chat... and ... always thanked us with her special smile and kind words.. My condolences go out to all the family,and friends She may be gone from our sight.. but.. never from our hearts

Laurie Turman McCabe

April 6, 2019

Loved the many coffees and sweets shared with her and Nicki. A lovey woman with a forever smile

Mary Jean Guenther Fitzgerald

April 6, 2019

Mary was the kindest person and the hardest worker. I will remember her and her great smile. Keep her memories close and her laughter heard. She was a great lady.
Mary Jean

Crystal Stevens-Smith

April 5, 2019

Mary will be missed. She was always cheerful. I enjoyed seeing her out for her walks. I was always amazed as she took care of her yard and I even saw her washing her car out on her lawn just a few months ago. Prayers and God’s blessings. Love, Crystal