Anthony DeMarinis

October 12, 1929June 17, 2006
Anthony Donald 'Don' DeMarinis, age 76, of Mansfield, died Saturday June 17, 2006 following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio on October 12, 1929 to the late Louis and Angeline DeMarinis and lived in Youngstown area for almost 30 years before moving to the Mansfield-Shelby area. His first wife of 36 years, Lauretta 'Laurie' preceded him in death. She passed away of breast cancer on November 15, 1998. He is survived by his second wife, Elsie to whom he married on September 9, 2000. Don served his country for four years as a sergeant with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War conflict, and was classified as an expert marksman. Following his tour of duty he, graduated from Youngstown State University in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He continued his education and did his postgraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated 1961 with a Master's degree in Social Work, and later graduated from Ashland University in 1981 with his doctorate in Christian Counseling. He began his career in the mental health field as the Chief Social Worker at the Area Guidance Center in Piqua, Ohio and thereafter he relocated to Mansfield to work at the Area Guidance Center in Mansfield. DeMarinis also served as the Executive Director at Family Services for six years. In addition to these duties, he also maintained his private practice where he practiced psychotherapy in Mansfield from 1971 until he retired in 2002. He loved to do things with his hands, such as woodworking, or just tinkering around the house. He also loved to fish, do taxidermy, photography, and bicycle riding. DeMarinis was a member of the local biking club in Lexington, and in the year1999, he rode two 100 mile century rides. He was an avid racquetball player and was a member of the YMCA for over thirty years. He was a member of the Conference of Executives and for two years served as the president. DeMarinis also served as a consultant to various nursing homes in the area, in addition to holding various teaching positions at Ashland University, Ohio State at Mansfield, North Central Technical College and the Mansfield Reformatory. He was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mansfield, and current member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby. Don is survived by his second wife, Elsie, one son Donald, daughter-in-law Krista, two grandchildren, Evan and Collin, all of Indianapolis, Indiana, and one daughter Marita DeMarinis of Chicago, Illinois. He is also survived by two brothers and two sister-in-laws, Paul and Terri of Orlando, Florida, Luke and Marie of Columbiana, Ohio, three nieces, Maryann, Debbie, and Jeanette, and one nephew, Butchie. To cherish his memory, friends may attend celebratory calling hours on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 from 3-8 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors. A Resurrection Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 21, 2006 at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby. Internment will follow services at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Shelby, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made for Masses in care of the funeral home or for MedCentral Hospice of Mansfield.

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