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George M. Catel

February 3, 2016


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Giorgos M. Catel age 87, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2016 surrounded by his loving wife of 61 years, children and grandchildren by his side. He was born in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. During WWII at the age of 5, his family moved back to Peloponnesos, Greece. When the war concluded in 1945 the family returned to Michigan. He began his career as a painter in 1952. Giorgos married his wife in Chios, Greece in 1955. She was introduced to him by her brother George. They moved to California in 1962 where they spent the next 61 years growing their family and painting business. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, being involved with his church but above all his most joyous time was spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grand children. Giorgos is survived by his dear wife Paraskevi, son Marko (Olympia) and daughter Penelope Shepard; granddaughter Stacey Shepard, grandson Robert Shepard (Kirsten) and granddaughters Electra, Eleni, Eliana and Emalia. Great grandchildren Payton, Taylor and Lucas.  He was preceded in death by his parents Marko and Penelope, his brothers John, Jimmy, Spiros, and sisters Panagiota and Maria. Service will be held at Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church Monday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m and the funeral will be held on Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude at or sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105