OBITUARY

Michael Anthony Demma

March 22, 1941October 10, 2020
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Michael went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 10, 2020 with his family by his side. Michael (Mike) Demma was born on March 22, 1941 in Tarentum, PA. His parents were the late Mike J. and Sara (Mercurio) Demma. Mike graduated from Tarentum High School and then attended Gannon University and graduated in 1963. After graduation, Mike went into the Army. After his discharge, he moved back home and worked for Gulf Research and then accepted a job in Rochester, NY to work at Eastman Kodak.

Mike met his beloved soulmate and on October 27, 1967, married Joan (Sarniak) Demma. They lived in Rochester, NY and in 1970 were transferred to the Windsor Kodak plant. He has three wonderful children and four beautiful grandchildren. He leaves behind his wife Joan, son Michael and grandchildren Nikki and Mikey; daughter Michelle and husband Mike Jones; daughter Kris and husband Ray Medrano and grandsons Trenton and Bryson; his sister Rose and Gene Trenaki and son Jonathon (Samantha); sister Charlotte Sypula and late husband Tom and their children, Sara and husband Rico Dillard; and their late son Tommy; two great nephews Antonio and Cameron; brother-in-law Robert and Roberta Sarniak; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mike was very involved with his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi and his fraternity brothers at Gannon University for the past 50 years. These brothers were so close and supportive of each other and they had so many fun reunions near and far from Erie, PA. For the last seven years, Mike was involved in working with the alumni in Colorado.

Mike has given so much of himself to his family, organizations, and his community which include the Jaycees in Rochester, NY; he was on Steering Committees and Board of Directors in Fort Collins, CO; Hospice Leadership in Fort Collins; Parent Advisory Board of Bauder Elementary and Blevins Junior High; Past Exalted Ruler of Fort Collins Elks Lodge Post 804; Character of Fort Collins; Executive Director of the Poudre School Foundation; Poudre School District Bond and Mill Committee, Team Fort Collins; Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs of Larimer County; Board Consultant to many non-profit organizations; Stewardship campaign at Saint John XXIII Catholic Church; and Allnutt Funeral Service.

Mike’s favorite time was watching his grandchildren playing baseball, softball, and football. He enjoyed his Pittsburg Steelers and the CSU Spirit Committee. Mike always wanted to make a difference in young people’s lives. He did all he could to help others and always saw the best in each person he met.

Thank you to all the people from Interim Health Care and Pathways Hospice who cared for Mike and were also there for our family. They are truly devoted and caring angels.

Mike loved life and all of his many friends. He will be greatly missed.

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Services

31 October

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

St. John XXIII University Parish

1220 University Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80521

3 November

Graveside Service with Military Honors

11:15 am

Fort Logan National Cemetery

4400 W Kenyon Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80236

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Joseph Heavey

October 28, 2020

I’m very sorry for your loss!
Although the overlap between Mike & myself in our fraternity at Gannon was shorter than others who knew him better, I always considered Mike a model for great citizenship that has influenced how I’ve conducted myself since those very early years.
He and you are in my prayers.
Joe Heavey

Tammy Chandler

October 27, 2020

Joan,
Sorry to hear of Mike's passing. I have fond memories of both of you and Boys & Girls Club events. I particularly remember many years ago we would hold a holiday dinner for the kids and Mike would show up in a tux to great the kids.

Mike loved his family and his community. He will be missed.

Sending Love & Hugs,
Tammy & Chris Chandler

Nancy Chambers

October 24, 2020

I first met Mike and Joan through the Elks Lodge patriotic competition that the Elks has sponsored for many years. Mike coordinated the competition for many years, and Joan also helped with the essay assessment. I entered my fifth graders from Heritage Christian Academy, not realizing what a valuable experience it would be for them. It truly taught them many things, but it encouraged their patriotism and love of country. Their appreciation for those who have served in the military and our forefathers is indeed a good thing for all Americans to value. I so admired Mike's servant attitude, and his humility. He was always so kind as well as encouraging. I am praying for Joan's comfort, and hopefully she has many wonderful memories that she will treasure. I am grateful for the privilege of having known this wonderful man!

Don Marostica

October 21, 2020

Thank you Mike for all you did in life and thank Joan for putting up with all his time he gave to others. Mike was a kind and old soul who had much wisdom. He shared his wisdom with many and I learned from him. I knew Mike for over 40 years and I never heard him say anything unkind about anyone. When we were involved in the Sons of Italy Club in Fort Collins it was always easy to say something unkind about someone. Especially other Italians. That’s just about being Italian. We will miss you. Sorry about your loss Joan from Carol and me.

Jim and Sandy Robbins

October 20, 2020

We are Blessed to have known Mike and Joan over a lot of years. Our kids went to Bauder, Blevins, and Rocky Mountain High School together. Mike and I served together on the PSD Vocational Education Advisory Board. Mike was always wanting to do a lot for young kids. He was as good as it gets.. As an Industrial Arts, Vocational Education teacher and coach at Rocky Mountain High School I was Blessed to see all the things Mike did for education in PSD. We know he is with Jesus and we will see him again as promised by our Lord and Savior. God Bless all the Demma Family in this time of Sorrow, Celebration, and Remembrance of their great Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Friend.
God Bless
Jim and Sandy Robbins

Roger Boltz

October 20, 2020

I am so saddened to hear about Mike. He was a true gentleman and a great friend. I remember he gave the commencement address at Boltz Middle school on several occasions and loved my father as a fellow Elk. He will be missed by all. God Bless.
Roger Boltz

James Cole

October 20, 2020

I mourn Michael's passing. Mike was instrumental in my becoming a member of the second class of Leadership Fort Collins through the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is only one of many community organizations Mike blessed with this energy and talent. Leadership Fort Collins ultimately led, through various connections and events, to an entire post-Kodak career in management consulting for my wife and me. Whenever I caught up with what Mike was doing, he was helping someone or some organization. He will be missed by our community and by so many thankful people.

Greg Case

October 19, 2020

He was a great man. Many fond memories from the Elks and CSU. Joan our sorrow for your loss.

Charlie Fest

October 18, 2020

I am saddened beyond words with the news of Mikes' passing. Mike was an awesome guy and as big as these United States are I, also born in PA, had the privilege to meet and become friends with here in Colorado. You will be missed Mike!
My Prayers and Condolences to Joan and the entire Demma Family.

Joyce Hubka

October 18, 2020

Dear Joan, Michael, Michelle, Kris, and Family,
I am deeply saddened by Mike’s death. He was an outgoing, friendly, and welcoming person that made a person feel like a friend on upon meeting him. He always had a smile and cordial greeting.

I was fortunate to meet Mike and Joan when I taught Michael in First Grade at Bauder Elementary. Later, I was pleased to have Michelle in my class. When Joan joined the Bauder staff I was delighted to work with her and become closer to the whole family for several years. Mike and Joan were wonderful parents and supporters of education. Family came first for Mike, but fortunately he generously gave time to various community organizations and activities. Several of these were in support of education and other youth interests. He has left an admirable legacy in the community.

I will miss his smile and welcoming greetings. It was an honor and pleasure to know him. I have many warm memories of Mike. Above all, I will remember him as a loving, caring, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His family is his most important legacy.

Jerry and I extend our deepest sympathy to all of you. Please know you are in our thoughts.
Love,
Joyce and Jerry

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