HOWLAND - Mike Vasile Axiotis, 86, fell asleep in the Lord Tuesday morning, May 7, 2013.
He was born Oct. 20, 1926, in the village of Spartounda on the island of Chios, Greece, the son of the late Vasilios and Paraskevi Axiotis.
He served in the Greek Army during World War II and the Greek Civil War. His fondest memories of his early life were the four years he spent in Cyprus with his family.
He immigrated to Warren on March 21, 1955, where he first worked for his beloved Uncle George Axiotis at The Big A in downtown Warren. He returned to Chios to marry the only woman he ever loved, Irene, in the village of Viki on Aug. 21, 1966.
Mike and Irene raised their two children, Vivian and Bill, in Howland, and he taught his children "family first" through his example. He was a proud member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and of the Chios Society "Agia Markella." Though he spent 30 years as a steelworker for Van Huffel Tube Corp. and retired in 1984, the greatest job "Ike" ever had was the 16 years he spent beside his son at The Mocha House.
He enjoyed gardening, talking politics and sneaking candy and gumballs to his grandchildren. He loved his country and would often be heard saying "God bless America."
He is survived by his wife, Irene Axiotis; his children, Vivian (Steven) McGarrity and Bill (Kitsa) Axiotis; his grandchildren, Arianne, Kayla and Eleni Axiotis, and Sophia and Michael McGarrity; his brother, Terry (Dorothy) Axiotis; many nieces and nephews; as well as family in Greece.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Manuel Axiotis; and sisters, Katie "Koula" Hionas and Mary Papadakis.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with a 6 p.m. Trisagion Service, and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel in Warren. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church with Fr. Constantine Valantasis officiating.
Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Warren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High St., Warren, OH 44481.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Axiotis family.