Michael Domila of Sharon passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, March 23, 2014, in St. Paul’s, West Salem Township. He was 96.
Mr. Domila was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Export, Pa., to George and Anna Zytuck Dohomila.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Hermitage.
Mr. Domila served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the 158th Infantry RCT, also known as the “Bushmasters,” America’s Jungle Warriors of World War II.
He had worked at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp., retiring in 1982 after 43 years as a pipefitter.
Michael married Sophia Carr on Sept. 27, 1947. He built their own home where they raised their three daughters and lived there until his residency began last year at St. Paul’s in West Salem Township.
He loved caring for his home. He was talented at fixing things and was often seen well into his 90s raking leaves, painting the awnings and pulling weeds.
His family was his life. When asked what it was like to be married for 66 years, Michael said, “It was all worth it.”
He enjoyed the closeness of his seven siblings and their extended families. They found frequent opportunities to celebrate any event, often at a moment’s notice. Mike was usually one of the cooks tending to the lamb roasts and was one of the first to jump in and wash dishes.
Earlier in his life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, picking mushrooms with his brothers and working in the family garden.
Later in life, he was blessed with six grandchildren, Claire Elizabeth, Michele, Clarissa, Stephen, Eric and Jennifer; and four great-grandchildren. They opened his heart to love and laughter.
Surviving are his wife, Sophia Domila; and three daughters, Kathy, wife of Jorge deCampos, Batavia, Ohio; Donna Domila and Duane Smelser, both Portland, Ore.; and Mary Lynn, wife of Tripp Cagle, Marietta, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his brothers, John, Charles and an infant brother, George; and his sisters, Mary Roman, Sophie Antos, Anna Papp and Stella Mistretta.
Michael, 96, Sharon.
Calling hours: Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (3-26-14) in STEPHEN J. SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage, with a Parastas prayer service at 4:30 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com
Service: Panachida prayer service at 10 a.m. Thursday (3-27-14) in the funeral home followed by a Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Hermitage, with the Rev. Kevin Marks officiating.
Interment: St. John’s Orthodox Cemetery, Hermitage, with full military honors rendered by Shenango Valley Veterans.