(August 13, 1908 – November 18, 2010)
Mary J. (Sarantos) Moutsatson, beloved mother, Yiayia and Yiayia-mia passed away November 18, 2010 at the age of 102. She lived to an advanced age with grace, dignity, intelligence and independence while enjoying the loving company of her family and friends and her daily dose of television, crossword puzzles, solitaire and coffee. She was born August 13, 1908 in South Bend, Indiana to Thomas and Aristea (Georges) Sarantos. She moved to Vorthonia, Greece in 1911 and returned in March of 1921 to Vinalhaven, Maine. In 1929 she moved to New Castle, Indiana, where she met and married John Moutsatson on October 16, 1931 and then lived in Cadillac, Sault Ste. Marie and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, where she owned and operated several restaurants with her husband. John and Mary moved to Midland in 1942 where they became a fixture on Main Street. First owning the Bluebird Cafe until it was destroyed by fire in 1955 then followed by founding and rebuilding the M&S Cafe next door with Mary’s brother, Gust Sarantos. Mary was known for her marvelous cooking and baking and was M&S Cafe’s chief cook. On Thursdays, people came from miles around to enjoy her rice pudding. After retirement in 1972, it became tradition at holiday time for Mary to overnight freshly prepared traditional Greek pastries to family and friends who found themselves far from home. Friends and neighbors would also find that sought after tin of pastries on their doorsteps. Mary and her husband John were members of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Saginaw where they , and Mary’s brother Gust, donated food and cooked wonderful Greek dinners for the church building fund. In 1970, their hard work paid off and they saw their dream of a new church come true. Mary was a member of St. Demetrios’ Ladies of Philoptochos Society and a stalwart in preparing the various pastries for the annual Greek Festival. Her son James, predeceased her on November 18, 1962, and her husband John predeceased her on September 20, 1975. Surviving are two daughters, Irene Milionis of Midland, Joan (L. Thomas) Billingsley of Sanford, four grandchildren, Kelly Milionis of Los Angeles, CA, Stacey (Kyle) Trick of North Manchester, IN, Jamey (Matt) Wozniak of Flower Mound, TX, and Tracey Milionis of Indianapolis, IN; five great-grandchildren, Megan, Remington, and Spence Trick of North Manchester, IN, and Alexandra and Andrew Wozniak of Flower Mound, TX and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, husband and son, she was predeceased by her two brothers, Nick and Gust and sister-in-law Georgia Sarantos and Mayme Sarantos. The family wishes to thank all of Mary’s friends that visited her throughout her long life. Special thanks to her many neighbors, including Judy Waier, Ruth Morey, Arlene Washburn and Mary Mersereau-Kempf, who brought food, flowers and visited often. She talked fondly of those visits. A Funeral Service will be held at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Monday, Nov. 22 at 11:00 am with Father Irenaeus Cox officiating . The family will receive visitors at the Funeral Home on Sunday, Nov. 21 from 2 until 7 pm, a Trisagion will be held at 7:00 pm, and on Monday from 10:00 until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may consider St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 4970 Mackinaw Rd., Saginaw or Grace Hospice, 1484 Straits Dr. Ste. 2, Bay City. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.