Michael Kalas 1927-2013

GREENE – Michael “Mickey” Kalas, 85, of Greene Township, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

He was born on Oct. 6, 1927 in Cleveland, a son of the late Mathew Kalas and the late Elizabeth Grisa Kalas.

Mickey worked as a superintendent for ODOT for 30 years as well a farmer throughout his life.

He served his country with the National Guard and was an active member at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Cortland.

He was a man of deep faith with a heart of gold and hands of leather. Mickey took great pride and pleasure in the simple, genuine things; family gathered in celebration, tending to his beautiful and bountiful garden, a fine meal and rest after a good day’s work. He was supremely independent. He did not expect or want to accept help from others, yet he was always ready to lend a hand or to share whatever he could with those in need. Mickey was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to those fortunate enough to be close to him.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dolores Koeth Kalas, whom he married on June 21, 1952; two sons, Roger M. (Valerie) Kalas of Greene Township and Roy L. (Carla) Kalas of Mecca Township, five grandsons, Clinton M., Brandon D. and Alex M. Kalas and Sheridan V. and Ryan L. Sullivan; and by a granddaughter, Kristen M. Kalas. Also surviving are three brothers, George, Matthew and Ronald Kalas, and three sisters, Anna Mae Tabak, Ella Kalas and Betsy Lesko.

Mickey was preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Joe Kalas, and two sisters, Virginia Lenyo and Marydell Regalia.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Cortland, where a Mass will be held at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.

Material contributions can be made in Mickey’s memory to the St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 4659 Niles Cortland Road N.E., Cortland, OH 44410.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel in Cortland.

Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.shaferwinanschapel.com

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