Leo Charles DeMars passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the age of 67.
Leo was born March 12, 1950, in Wyandotte, MI, to Leo Charles, Sr., and Dolores Mary DeMars. He was united in marriage to Mary-Jo (Doran) DeMars in Detroit on June 2, 1972. They were married for 45 years, the last 38 of those years in St. Charles, MO.
Leo was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was unselfish and kind, and a steady source of support and encouragement to those close to him. Leo was also a passionate baseball fan, Parrothead, and margarita enthusiast. He loved reading the newspaper, taking his grandchildren to the library for story hour, and napping almost anywhere. He treasured the time he spent relaxing with family and friends, whether at home, on cruise ships, or at wineries and lakehouses. A dedicated and hardworking member of the community, Leo worked for 21 years with the Dierberg’s grocery chain, was a longtime member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, and served as a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus 823.
Leo is survived by his wife, Mary-Jo; daughter Beth DeMars (Mike Noren) of Chicago, IL; daughter Katie Radford (Mark Radford) of St. Ann, MO; son Joseph DeMars (Erin VanVelkinburgh) of St. Charles; grandchildren Jeremiah, Olivia, and Jacob Radford and Henry and Wyatt DeMars; sister Janice DeMars of Allen Park, MI; sister Cathy DeMars of Taylor, MI; sister-in-law Kathleen Bunarek-Conklin of “Tecumseh, MI” and beloved canine companion, Diva.
Services are at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church (2 Seton Court) on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. A luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leo’s name may be directed to the No Hunger Holiday (http://nohungerholiday.com) or the St. Louis Area Food Bank (http://stlfoodbank.org). In addition, Leo would surely appreciate it if you raised a glass with your own loved ones in his honor.