Michael J. Elton

February 2, 1945 ~ September 11, 2022 (age 77)


Michael J. Elton, age 77, September 11, 2022.  Michael was the son of the late Betty and Ted Schramm and was a native of Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a younger sister, Donna Allen Fenn. His survivors include his lifetime partner of 37 years, Richard Andrekanic, his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and JD Grundy, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Raymond (Cynthia) Andrekanic, brother-in-law Robert (Terry Young) Andrekanic , and brother-in-law Ronald (Danae) Andrekanc along with a multitude of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Also surviving him are his beloved God child, Antonio Tomasi, and his most beloved friend and Antonio’s grandmother, Marilyn Tomasi. 

Michael attended the University of Texas before leaving to take on various long-term job assignments that took him to a number of major US cities. His last assignment was in Washington, DC where he was a senior vice president of a major international fashion company being in charge, for 16 years, of their operations along the eastern seaboard. He spent the next 14 years as a real estate broker with offices in Washington, DC and its suburbs in Virginia and Maryland.  Michael relocated to Columbus in 2006 when he retired to spend the rest of his life giving back to others as his full-time job. Over his years in Columbus, he has been an ongoing volunteer at both Mount Carmel and Riverside hospitals in their Chaplaincy division. He volunteered for years for the American Cancer Society and for the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, one of his most heart-felt organizations.  His greatest passion, however, was his dedication to Columbus’ Cathedral of Saint Joseph. His devotion to the Catholic faith and his love of the Church were obvious in the many volunteer hours he generously gave through the years. He was a long-time president of the Saint Joseph Cathedral Pastoral Council. He directed the Cathedral’s Liturgical Ministry and served as president of the Diocese of Columbus’s Center-South Deanery Council. He was a knighted member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, the Catholic Church’s oldest order of chivalry whose works are for the purpose of preserving Christianity in the Holy Land. He was a member of and chaired numerous other Catholic committees and membership groups through the years.  Friends may call Friday 3-7 p.m. at the EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST.  Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday 10:00 a.m. September 17, 2022 at St. Joseph Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St.  Entombment will be in Penn Lincoln Memorial Park, McKeesport, PA. In lieu of flowers,  donations can be made to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective.  

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September 16, 2022

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Egan - Ryan Central Chapel (East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio)

Mass of Christian Burial
September 17, 2022

10:00 AM
St Joseph Cathedral
212 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215

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