- Published: July 14, 2011
Dominick Joseph “Dick” Cermele died Saturday, July 9. He was 82.
Dick received his undergraduate degree from Antioch College in 1957, masters degree from Boston University and PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1977. Dominick was a professor of theater and film at University of Toledo, University of South Florida, Tampa, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota and St. Cloud State University, where he also served as chair of the theater department. He was a highly educated man who loved teaching and directing. He was a founding member of the Trotwood Circle Theatre and director of numerous productions there. Other theater groups he directed for were the Theater L’Homme Dieu, Alexandria, Minn. and the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minn. He was also active with the Antioch Area Theatre and the Antioch Shakespeare Festival. Dominick was a proud marine serving for eight years during WWII and the Korean War.
Dominick was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Cermele, by his sister, Marion Cermele, his grandson, Samuel John Mullen and former wife, Carrie Baldwin. Dominick is survived by his son, Jonathan Cermele of Delafield, Wisc. daughter, Lisa Cermele (Mullen) of Oakwood, grandchildren Alicia (Mike) Balderas, Alexandria (Scott) Mente, Amanda Cermele, Angela Cermele, Wilson Mullen, Charlie Mullen, Julia Mullen and John “Henry” Mullen. He is also survived by brother Tony Cermele of Charlotteville, Va., three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family will greet friends from 5–8 p.m. on Friday, July 15, at Dayton Country Club. A memorial service will be held there at 6:30 p.m. The family would like to especially thank the staff at The Spring Cottages at Spring Hills Singing Woods. Contributions may be made in Dominick’s name to the Hospice of Dayton, Inc., 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.routsong.com