Michael Landis, 77, of Ocean Township, NJ, passed away peacefully at home, on September 23, 2021.
Michael was born on December 30, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY to late Minas and Irene Mavroleon and was a lifelong resident of NJ, spending a considerable portion of his childhood in Freehold and Eatontown.
He was a devoted son, a thoughtful friend to all who knew him, especially Joe Sullivan and Lewis S. Rush, whom he loved like brothers.
A strong man with a big heart and gentle soul, Michael always gave a warm welcome and a sweet smile to everyone.
He loved old cars and convertibles, Rock N' Roll, oldie but goodies and golden years songs, watching College football and basketball and playing Pinochle.
Although he was quiet, Michael had a big and kind personality, loving heart and lived by the rule to never judge.
He loved to talk about a distant past of a happy childhood and the memories such as shining shoes for a nickel, his German Shepard dog-Max and his little lamb Nick.
His love for good food and diners was part of his Greek inheritance.
Michael attended Greek school in his early years, Eatontown Memorial, Monmouth Regional High School and Clarkson Institute of Technology(electrical engineer) before entering into "The United States Marine Corps". He served his Country honorably during The Vietnam War and was granted with the Purple Heart Medal of Honor for his wounds. Once a marine always a Marine -"SEMPER-FI".
After returning from Vietnam, Michael was employed by The US Postal Service until his retirement.
Predeceased by his parents :Minas and Irene Mavroleon Lentis, sister Sophia Chiotis and brother Nicholas Lentis.
Survived by his wife of 28 years, Rosana B.Landis, brother-in-law Michael P. Chiotis, nieces Maria Chiotis-Bokeno (husband Michael & children), Irene Chiotis-Leskowick (husband Vince & children), Dr. Dorothea Lentis (daughter Marika), nephews; Andrew Chiotis (wife Kallirroe & children), Menas Chiotis (daughter Sophia), Minas Lentis, cousins; Jimmy Mavroleon (wife Maria & children), Frank Lentis (wife Marsela & children) Minas Lentis(wife Fotini), Aris Papageorge(wife & children), Anne Papageorge, Marissa Papageorge Costidis, Anna Mavroleon (daughter Fotini), Sophia Mavroleon Scarousos, Frankitsia Chrysoheris Mavroleon, a Family he loved dearly.
In respect of Michael's wishes, his final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery in VA. Arrangements entrusted to Braun Funeral Home, 106 Broad St. Eatontown, NJ 07724. There will be no viewing due to circumstances of burial arrangements.
Burial date will be shared once confirmed by cemetery.
Michael will be missed by all those who loved him.
Special thanks to The Veteran's Administration and their team throughout the years.
Donations in his memory may be made to The Veterans Administration.
Condolences may be left to Michael's Family@ www.braunfuneralhome.com
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