Veda Gikas was an outgoing woman with a good sense of humor, said her son, Rick Gikas.
“She could easily start up a conversation with anyone,” he said. “She had to have a good sense of humor, because her family often would joke with her about some of her quirks. The nice thing was that we could joke with her without offending her.”
Lulu “Veda” Gikas, 87, of Crown Point, died Dec. 23. She had been a part owner of the family business, Peacock Cleaners in Gary, until the 1980s. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church, Valparaiso.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Phil Gikas.
She enjoyed playing bunco with friends, going to church, and taking care of her husband. She loved spending time with family, her son said.
“Our family was always close, and she was a major factor in that,” he said. “Family and faith were her central values. She loved her family with an unconditional love that we could always count on.”
Gikas said one favorite family story is of his mother teaching her granddaughters how to stand on their heads.
“My sister-in-law came home to find her daughter and grandma standing on their heads in the front room,” he said. “She was irrepressible.”
She was a caregiver until the end, he said.
“She served until the very last moments of her life. The last thing she did was make sure Dad got put to bed,” he said. “She never seemed to give up on anyone or anything.”