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Steve Keretses, Restaurateur & Founding Member of Transfiguration in SC, Has Died

FLORENCE, SC – Steven Constantine "Steve" Keretses, 88, of Florence, SC died June 5, 2020 after a brief illness, SCNow reported.

Born August 18, 1931 in Fidakia, Evrytania, Greece, he was the son of the late Gus and Katherine Keretses. After World War II, he (along with his mother and sister) immigrated to the United States to be reunited with his father and brother in 1946. Keretses began his career in the family restaurant, Eat More Lunch until he was called to service in 1951. During the Korean War, he served in the Army and was stationed in Panama. Having received training as a professional butcher and baker, Keretses returned to the restaurant business upon honorable discharge where he managed, owned, and operated Deluxe Café in Darlington, SC and Eat More Lunch in Florence, SC.

His strong work ethic, principles and values were evident not only in his work, but also in his community. A founding and faithful member of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, Keretses served in various positions and rarely missed services. Dedicated to community service, he was a Mason of the Amity Lodge No. 340 A.F.M. in Florence, SC. Having a true appreciation for life, Keretses was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting, fishing, gardening, traveling, reading, and collecting coins. Skilled in carpentry, he gifted family and friends with cradles and rocking chairs for their children.

Keretses’ family is what he cherished most in life. He is survived by his wife, the love of his life and his Valentine, Olga Poulos Keretses, with whom he celebrated 66 years of marriage on February 14; his children, Irene Putnam, Deno (Renee) Keretses; grandchildren, Stephen (Angela) Putnam, Elena (Sam) Burrus, and Steven Keretses; great-grandchild, Katherine Putnam; and brother, Spero "George" Keretses. He was preceded in death by his sister Rodanthe Keretses Hondros and son-in-law Ray Putnam.

The viewing was held June 7 at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Funeral services were held June 8 at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery. COVID-19 protocol of social distancing was observed.

Donations may be made in his honor to: Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, 2990 South Cashua Drive, Florence, SC 29501.


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