Elias Robert Mako, 86, of Staffordsville, VA and formerly a long-time resident of Westfield, NJ died Saturday morning October 7, 2006 at his home after a long illness. Born on January 11, 1920 in Cleveland, Ohio he was a son of the late Louis and Lena Smolak Mako. He earned his BA in chemistry from Adelbert College, Western Reserve University in Ohio. A four year veteran of the US Army in WW II, he ran a laboratory testing the quality of food to be used for army consumption and also blood. As director of Research for Phillip Carey Manufacturing Co.in Plymouth Meeting, PA he tested and compounded high temperature products. He was a specialist in compounding mixtures, in simplifying industrial processes and in food preparations for which he holds several patents. His own company, Chemical Union Corporation of Westfield, NJ, was novel in that its main application was location of by-product streams, their detoxification and subsequent economic usage. A consultant, he was an international authority on lithium, its chemistry and recovery. He was a past officer of the American Institute of Chemists in New York. As President of the Cherry Hill (NJ) Unitarian Fellowship, the group under his direction became a church, bought property, and called a minister.
Surviving are his wife of fifty-eight years, Leona Glen Schafer of Staffordsville, Va; four sons and three daughters-in-law Elias “Chip” and Liza Mako of Mendhans, NJ, Emery and Inga Mako of Hope Valley, RI, Christopher and Tina Mako of Walnutport, PA, and Geoffrey Mako of Easton, PA, eight grandchildren, and his brother Emery Mako of Willoughby, Ohio.
Services will be private and at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in Elias Mako’s name to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030 The Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke, VA is serving the Mako family.