Mary Koutrelakos was a registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Mary Koutrelakos was a registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center. (HANDOUT)

Mary Koutrelakos, a former registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center, died Friday of pulmonary disease at Howard County General Hospital-Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Ellicott City resident was 83.

The daughter of restaurant owners John Moniodis and Adroniki Moniodis, she was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown.


As a teen, she worked in her family's Athens Restaurant on Broadway while attending Eastern High School, from which she graduated in 1950. She received a nursing degree in 1955 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

She began her nursing career at what is now the University of Maryland Medical Center in 1955 and rose to become nurse manager of both the renal unit and the Clinical Study Center.

Mrs. Koutrelakos, who was known as "K," retired in 1986, but returned to work part time at the hospital for the next decade, caring for AIDS patients, family members said.

The former longtime Perry Hall resident was an active member of the Greek Cathedral of the Annunciation, where she was a member of the Women's Guild, the Agora and the Golden Age Club, and worked in the church's thrift shop and clothing center for the needy.

Her husband, William Koutrelakos, whom she married in 1956, was the principal at Elmer A. Henderson Elementary School in East Baltimore. After his retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling to Europe and visited Greece seven times, family members said.

"She loved being with her children and grandchildren," said her daughter, Adrienne Borkowski of Ellicott City. "She loved going to the mall, shopping and eating lunch at Chick-fil-A. She had to get out for a while each day."

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Greek Orthodox Cemetery Chapel, 5917 Windsor Mill Road, Woodlawn.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Koutrelakos is survived by a son, Dr. Nicholas Koutrelakos of Sykesville; a brother, George Moniodis of Catonsville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen