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The Very Rev. Anis Elias fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at the age of 92. He was born in Saain, Syria in 1921 to Michael Elias and Jamileh Yousif Makhoul, the only son of four children. Father Anis was ordained to the priesthood in 1948 in Syria. In November of 1961, Fr. Anis immigrated to Detroit, Michigan and on June 9, 1962 was assigned to St. Michael Orthodox Church in Monessen, PA. He served as the priest of St. Michael’s for 25 years before retiring.
After his retirement, Fr. Anis moved back to Michigan to be near his family. In February of 1988, he came out of retirement to serve ten years at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Berkley, MI and in Windsor, Canada before his final retirement in July of 1999. However, he continued to serve at the request of Very Rev. George Shalhoub of St. Mary in Livonia, MI, as well as assisting with Fr. George Baalbaki in St. Mary, Berkley.
Father Anis will be dearly missed by his beloved wife of 76 years, Kh. Mariam; his nine children: Philip (Mariam) Elias, Philipbia (Wahib) Akery, Nawal Moussa , Elias (Victoria) Elias, Afif (Luci) Elias, Adiba (Moussa) Ibrahim, Michael (Lisa) Elias, Sanaa Elias, and Dana Elias; and 27 grandchildren as well as 39 great-grandchildren. He is survived by three sisters: Julia Moussa in Brazil, Emserra (Michael) Issa in Venezuela, and Lelia Mahfoud in Syria.
All services, except for the burial, will be held at St. Mary Orthodox Church located at 3212 West 12 Mile Road, Berkley, Michigan 48072.
Friday, December 27th: Friends and family will be received at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Berkley, Michigan—calling hours from 11:00 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. with a special funeral service at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 28th: 10:00 a.m. celebrating the Divine Liturgy followed by the Funeral Service at St. Mary Orthodox Church in Berkley, Michigan. After the procession to the burial site at the White Chapel in Troy, Michigan, a meal of mercy will be hosted by the family at the San Marino Club in Troy.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Mary Orthodox Church–Berkley, earmarked Father Anis Memorial Fund.
May his memory be eternal!