AMEREDES, Mary Sotraidis, 86, of Akron OH, formerly of Weirton, WV, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012.
Born December 8, 1926, in Weirton, WV, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Arhondia Gregoriou Sotraidis.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill Nick Ameredes, and preceded by her sister, Cleopatra Leidtke, and brother, Van Sotraidis.
Mary is survived by her sons, Timothy M. (Olivia) Ameredes of Upper Arlington, OH, and their daughter, Elena; Bill T. (Cynthia) Ameredes of League City, TX, and their daughters, Patricia, Mary Elizabeth, Christiana and Serena; brother, George (Penny) Sotraidis of Weirton WV; nieces, Cynthia Gable (nee Sotraidis) of Powell, OH, and Patricia Sotraidis of Destin, FL; nephews, Van Sotraidis of St. Louis, MO, and Nicholas Sotraidis of Destin, FL.
Mary was a Founder and past president of the Mid-Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians (MEFGOX) and directed the first federation combined choir in 1948. For her long and dedicated service to MEFGOX over her lifetime, she was awarded the Patriarch Athen agoras I Distinguished Service Award. Mary was educated at the Franklin School of Science and Arts in Philadelphia, PA, (class of 1947) and worked as a radiology technician early in her career, before becoming a homemaker, mother, and grandmother. Mary was a dedicated godmother as well, having baptized and stood up for numerous people in the church throughout her life. Mary loved children and would love or comfort any child that she thought needed it. She was a board member of American Hellenic Asia Minor Society (AMHAS), helping to preserve the history of the Greek-American immigrants from Asia Minor. Mary survived a bout with breast cancer over 41 years ago, and this event gave her the spirit and attitude of "the glass is always full" and that anything is possible with God on your side. She embodied this Christian ideal by always being there for people in their time of need, and she gave much of her life to various church causes. She offered unconditional love to her family and was a role model for what a mother is and should be. Her energy and positive personality will be dearly missed by all of the people whose lives she touched.
Family and friends will be received for calling hours of 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 129 South Union St., Akron, OH 44304, where Trisagion Service will be held at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2012, from 9:30 until the 10 a.m. funeral services at The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. The Reverend Father Jerry Hall will officiate. Following the traditional Makario Luncheon, interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, WV.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 129 South Union St., Akron, OH 44304.