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John Sotiri (96) Mela

February 22, 1921 ~ April 18, 2017 (age 96)

North Lima, John S. Mela, 96  Funeral services will 11 A.M Friday officiated by Rev. Thomas Constantine at St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church, Boardman, for John Sotiri Mela,96 of North Lima, formerly of Boardman, who passed away peacefully Tuesday morning.   John was born February 22, 1921 in Vounos  Kyrenia, Cyprus, a son of Sotiri and Maria Yiannaki.  He worked in the Campbell Works of the Youngstown Sheet &Tube Co., and was a former member of Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church and a member of St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church.  His greatest passions in life were  spending time with family and friends and cultivating Fig trees to give out to friends and family.   John was a British Army veteran.  Besides his wife the former Magdaline Papapetrou, whom he married May 15, 1945, he leaves to cherish his memory two daughters Mary (Steve) Stevens of Elyria and Sandra Menhorn of Copley, two sons Nick(Sotira) Mela of Boardman and Andrew (Darlene) Mela of Hayward, Wisconsin., six grandchildren Nicholas Stevens, Madaline Stevens, Michael Stevens, John Mela, Christopher Mela and Joylene Mela, and three great grandchildren Jimmy Stevens, Mary Stevens  and Eileen Mela. Besides his parents, John is preceded  in death by a son-in-law Gary Menhorn, a brother Costa Yiannaki and a sister Alexandria Tapaki.  Friends may call from 10 to 11 Friday at St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church.   Material tributes can be made in John’s memory to Archangel  Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 401  12th Street, Campbell, Ohio 44405, or to St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church, 4955 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, Ohio  44512.  Arrangements are by the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.


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