Edward R. Demko, 77, husband of Mary Jo Demko, formerly of Cadiz, died Thursday, February 17, 2011 at his home on Cat Island following a long illness. He was born in Weirton, W.Va., a son of the late William and Helen Derosky Demko.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Nicholas Demko of Weirton, West Virginia.

Per his request, a private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at the Beaufort National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Island Hospice THA Group, 1211 Newcastle St. Suite D. Beaufort, S.C., Lifefit Wellness center at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, 989 Ribault Rd. Suite 120, Beaufort, S.C., 29902, or Palmetto Animal League, P.O. Box 539, Bluffon, S.C.  29910.

Copeland Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.