February 18, 1934 – August 25, 2020
Sophia Volikas passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday. She was born on February 18, 1934 to Stavros and Anastasia Kavoulakos in Skoutari, Greece, a tiny village on the Mani Peninsula. Sophia was the third child of eight siblings. As a teenager, she immigrated to Brooklyn, NY, with no belongings aside from a blanket woven by her mother. She married Lambrinos “Louie” Volikas, who had also recently come from Greece. After a few years, the young couple united with Louie’s uncle, John, to run the family restaurant known as Union Grill in Kokomo, IN. Louie’s father, Gus, later joined them and the restaurant was eventually renamed Louie’s Coney Island. Louie and Sophia ran the restaurant together for many years before their daughter, Toula, took over the business. Sophia continued to work at the restaurant until well into her 80s, and possessed an energy, strength, and feistiness that defied age and illness. She was an excellent gardener. Her flowers brought her joy and her veggies imparted the most delicious flavors to her legendary recipes. Sophia was delighted by her grandchildren and especially her great-grandchildren, who knew her affectionately as Yiayia Phia. She cherished taking communion with her eldest great-grandson and worshiping her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at St. Thomas the Apostle Christian Orthodox Church. Sophia loved her family fiercely. Before she passed, she dreamt of arriving in heaven, warmly greeted by her loved ones. The church in Skoutari rang their bell for her on Wednesday.
Sophia is survived by her three children: Maria Ondrik (Dan), Dino Volikas, and Toula Volikas-Linville (Chris); four grandchildren: Christina Ondrik, Nicole Sjogren, Ali Linville, and Demitri Linville; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Michael Volikas, and his family; as well as four sisters and their families. Sophia was preceded in death by her husband in 2002, as well as her parents and three brothers.
Her family would like to thank SouthernCare Hospice staff, especially Rita, Tess, Sabrina, Natasha, Jackie, and Nicole. They would also like to thank Father Philip Lashbrook of St. Thomas the Apostle Christian Orthodox Church.
There will be a private ceremony. Share memories and view condolences at www.ellersmortuarymain.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Thomas the Apostle Christian Orthodox Church, 914 W. Taylor Street, Kokomo, IN 46901.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
September 2, 2020
Maria, Dino and Toula,
We are so sorry to hear about Sophia's passing. We have a lot of good memories of Sophia. Our deepest condolences.
Thomas, Vanessa, Andrea and Justin Edington.
Cynthia Cynthia Lacey Gault
August 29, 2020
I have very fond memories of your mother from our high school days together. I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a beautiful woman and always kind to me when I would see her at the restaurant. May the Lord give you and your family His comfort and peace. With love and prayers,
Cynthia Lacey Gault