Niles – Michael Dominic DeMas, 61, of Niles fell asleep in the Lord Thursday afternoon, May 27, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family after battling lung cancer.
Michael was born in Youngstown on August 11, 1959, the son of Carl and Minya (Brutka) DeMas.
He graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1977. He received a degree in Interpreting from the University of Akron and later a bachelor’s degree in Education from Kent State University.
For many years, Michael worked as an interpreter in the Deaf Education program for the Champion school district, where he was also a substitute teacher for a brief time.
Michael enjoyed playing music with his cousins and friends – he had a talent for playing multiple instruments and singing. He sang in the church choir at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and served as choir director for several years. He was active in the church as a Reader, member of the Outreach program, and helped prep for the "World Renowned" holupki and perohi dinners. He served on the board at Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy as well.
Michael is survived by his wife of 29 years, Alice (Johnson) DeMas; his mother, Minya DeMas; daughter, Kate (Matthew) Miller; son, Steve (Mary Ann) Tackett; granddaughters, Madeline and Isabelle McBride; sisters, Sharon Shuto and Susan Hawkins and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Carl DeMas.
Family and friends may visit and pay tribute to Michael on Monday, May 31, 2021 from 4 to 6PM at the Peter Rossi and Son Memorial Chapel of Warren, 1884 North Road NE, with evening prayer led by Very Rev Kenneth Bachofsky.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11AM with additional calling hours prior from 10 to 11AM at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 2053 North Road, NE, Warren, Ohio.
The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Oncology Center and Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care of Michael during his illness. They would also like to thank all of their family and friends for their months of support and prayer.
Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the Peter Rossi Memorial Chapel, Warren.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 2053 North Road, NE, Warren, Ohio 44483 OR Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy, 175 Laird Ave NE, Warren, OH 44483.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send condolences to the family.
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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
2053 North Rd. NE, Warren OH 44483
Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy
175 Laired Ave. NE, Warren OH 44483