Priest Theodore Federoff

Priest Theodore Federoff
Priest Theodore Federoff

Priest Dr. Theodore Federoff, 64, of Elyria, OH, fell asleep in the Lord at New Life Hospice Residential Center here on Thursday, June 14, 2012, following a lengthy illness.

Born August 12, 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Frank and Julia Federoff, he studied at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Crestwood, NY, and received a bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.  He was ordained to the priesthood at All Saints Church, Wolf Run, OH, which he served for several years before being reassigned to Holy Trinity Cathedral, Chicago.  Later, while serving a mission in Indiana, PA, he received his master’s degree in counseling.  He served various parishes in western Pennsylvania while obtaining his Doctorate in Education and Counseling Supervision from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He and his family then moved to Crooksville, OH, where he worked as the Director of the Perry County Mental Health Center.  During that time, he served various parishes as a visiting priest and continued to serve the Cleveland Deanery after relocating to Elyria.

Father Theodore also held positions as an adjunct professor in various colleges and universities in Ohio.  He enjoyed reading, studying and was known to be a very philosophical person.

Surviving is his wife of 44 years, Marilyn (nee Patrinka); sons, Dr. Theodore (Carol) Federoff, Trout Run, PA, and Jason (Pam) Federoff, Brighton, Mi; brothers, Archpriest Alexander (Vicki) Federoff of San Diego, Ca., Vladimir (Valerie) Federoff, Lakewood, NJ, and Joseph (Sue) Federoff, Sutersville, PA; and a sister, Christine (Bill) Grazier of Washington, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Julia (Balkonova) Federoff; and a brother, Protodeacon John Federoff in 2008.

Visitation will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 2238 East 32 Street, Lorain, to which Father Theodore was attached at 4:00 p.m., with the Funeral Service for a Priest at 6:00 p.m.  His Grace, Bishop Matthias of Chicago will preside at the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, June 20, at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.

Memorial contributions or floral arrangements may be sent to Saint Peter and Paul Church or to donors’ desired church or place of worship.  On-line condolences may be sent at

May Father Theodore’s memory be eternal!