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Michael Manios, AHEPA Past Supreme Governor, 85

WARREN, OH – Michael Manios, age 85, passed away on June 26, MyValleyTributes reported.

AHEPA also released a statement about Manios: “AHEPA mourns the passing of Past Supreme Governor Michael Manios, who died June 26, 2020. He was 85. Brother Manios, a 62-year Life Member of Zeus Chapter 88, Warren, Ohio, also served AHEPA as a director on the National Educational Foundation for nine years, six of which were as its vice chairman.”

"We are grateful for Brother Mike's service to his country and to our Order, especially his many years of service on our National Educational Foundation," AHEPA Supreme President George G. Horiates said. "He will be remembered as a wonderful and devoted Ahepan, and his warm presence at our national events will be missed. Our deepest sympathies are with the Manios family. May his memory be eternal.”

Manios was born in Weirton, WV on November 28, 1934, the son of Leonidas and Irene (Manolakakis) Manios.

Manios graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1952. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kent State University, his master’s degree from Westminster College and completed extensive post-graduate work at both Akron University and Kent State University. 

Manios enlisted in the U.S. Navy served during the Korean War and was assigned to the Commander Service Squadron Four out of boot camp and attained the rank of Signalman 3rd Class.  While in the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the USS Vulcan, A.R.5, USS Truckee, A.O.147, USS Surgochi A.E.-21 and an attained Honorable Discharge in 1962. During his service on the USS Surgochi, he crossed the Arctic Circle and was inducted in The Royal Order of the “Blue Nose” on September 25, 1957.

Manios began his 34-year teaching career at Levittsburg local schools followed by four years at Turner Junior High and then at Warren Western Reserve High School in 1966. His last teaching assignment was as an Occupational Work Coordinator. He joined the administrative staff as Coordinator of Industrial Arts and Driver Educator. Manios developed the Driver Educator program with the $200,000 grant he wrote for the Multiple-Car Driving Range for the Warren City Schools, which was the one and only grant awarded in the State of Ohio. 

In 2005, Manios was awarded the Kent State University School of Technology Award and was inducted as a member of the Distinguished Alumni on April 30, 2005.

He was a lifelong member of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Warren and served on the Board of Directors. He was also a member of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Erie, PA.

Manios was a 50-year member of the Zeus “88” Chapter of the Order of Ahepa in Warren. He also served on the Ahepa National Education Foundation for nine years and was Vice Chairman of the Foundation for six years. In addition, he served on the Ahepa Education Scholarship Foundation and Board of Trustees.

Manios was devoted father and grandfather. He adored his granddaughters, Alex and Sam and loved attending their sporting events, school events and traveling the world with them. Manios loved his Greek heritage, working with his hands and debating politics. He was also the brother of AHEPA Past Supreme President Franklin Manios.

Survivors include his children, Lee Michael of Warren, OH and Trina (Atty. Gregory) Manios- Baldwin, of Erie, PA; his grandchildren, Alexandra Sonia Baldwin, Samantha Carolyn Baldwin, all of Erie; brother, Franklin (Mary) Manios; nieces and nephews, Irene (Patsy) Buccino, Lee (Judy) Franklin, Juanita and their children Danny, Frankie, David and Maria, all of Warren, OH. Manios is also survived by his loving companion, Rachel Downing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Sonia (Mandopoulos) Manios in July 1994; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Matthew and Aphrodite Mandopoulos; his half-brother, Emanuel Manios; his half-sister, Irene Stavraks and his former wife, Jean Felos Manios.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, church services will be private and limited to immediate family and will took place on June 30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church with Fr Constantine Valantasis officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fund for Michael and Sonia Manios or the Scholarship, the Fund of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4376 W. Lake Road, Erie, PA 16505, or to the Scholarship Fund for Michael and Sonia Manios at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 429 High Street, Warren, OH 44481. Arrangements handled by Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel. Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to sign the guestbook and send condolences to Manios family.

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