December 11, 2023

Miramar homicide victim Irene Katsougiannis remembered as ‘beautiful soul’

Irene Katsougiannis with her late husband

Condolences are pouring in for Miramar homicide victim Irene Katsougiannis, who died last week.

Katsougiannis, 62, was found dead in her Miramar home on Monday and the Herald understands her son, Soteri Katsougiannis, who was listed as living at the property with her, is suspected of killing her.

He died in Hong Kong the same day her body was discovered.

An online obituary for Irene said she was a “forever caring and giving mother” to her three boys – Soteri, Mihali and Leftheri as well as her daughter-in-law Ivy whom she “adored”.

Irene was also a treasured wife to her late husband Stefanos who died in 2017.

Her friends have left messages of condolences, saying she will be remembered as “a quiet and beautiful soul with a mischievous laugh and a sense of humour”.

“Her infectious laughter and kind spirit will always be remembered. We wish Lefteri and Michali strength through these tough times and solace that Irinoula is at peace and resting forever with our Lord.”

Another family friend said they were deeply saddened to hear of her death.

“She has touched lives in a way that words cannot express. I hope your happy memories will help you through this difficult time.”

Her funeral will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Wellington tomorrow and in lieu of flowers people are asked to donate to the church, or to the MusicHelps charity.

She had worked as a piano tutor at Queen Margaret College, and also coached netball in the community.

The principal of Queen Margaret, Jayne-Ann Young, told the Herald she was deeply saddened at the loss of Irene.

“Queen Margaret College is saddened to learn of the passing of our very dear colleague and friend Irene Katsougiannis,” she said.

“Our thoughts are with her family. As always, we remain focused on the wellbeing of our staff, students and whānau throughout this difficult time.”

Vita Molyneux is a Wellington-based journalist who covers breaking news and stories from the capital. She has been a journalist since 2018 and joined the Herald in 2021.

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