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1916 - 2014 |
Michael Nicholas Economou
June 29, 1916 - June 26, 2014
Resident of Santa Cruz
Michael Nicholas Economou passed away at his home in Santa Cruz, California, on June 26th, just three days short of celebrating his 98th birthday. He was surrounded by his family and friends.
Michael (Mihali) was born on June 29th, 1916, in Symi, Greece, to Irene (Moskos) and Nicholas Economou. He was a
World War II
veteran, having served honorably in both the US
and the Royal Hellenic Navy. While in the US Army, he served with the legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Batallion. Under special orders of the War Department, Michael was later reassigned to an elite Greek Naval unit to assist in the allied invasion of Sicily.
Following the war, he lived in the Bronx area of New York, before moving to Youngstown, Ohio, where he married Mary Faklis, also originally from Symi, Greece. He was a devoted husband and father to three children: Nicholas, George, and Irene.
Michael worked at Sheet and Tube, and the Republic Steel Corporation while living in Youngstown for over 30 years. He belonged to United Steel Workers Union 1331. Upon retiring from the steel industry in 1979, he and his wife moved to Santa Cruz, California.
He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Youngstown and a member of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz.
Michael was kind-hearted and generous. He supported his widowed mother, and regularly sent gifts of clothes, toys, and monetary donations to the local church and school to his birthplace in Symi, Greece. For hobbies, he enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Michael was preceded in death by his brother John and sister Maria. He leaves Mary, his wife for nearly 67 years, two sons: Nicholas (wife Annemarie), living in Mooresville, North Carolina, and George, living in Santa Cruz, California, and one daughter, Irene, living in San Jose, California. He also leaves seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, July 3, at 11:00 AM at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church located at 223 Church Street in Santa Cruz. A short graveside service with military honors will be held at Santa Cruz Memorial Park at 1927 Ocean Street.
Flowers or cards can be sent in care of Santa Cruz Memorial Mission Chapel, 1927 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Donations can be made on behalf of Michael Economou to the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter at 2200 7th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA.
If you would like to visit Michael's tribute page please visit
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on July 2, 2014
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