POLAND - Prayers will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church for Joseph Nicholas Mazur, 90, who became an angel with his wife, Elaine Geoghan on Sunday morning at home.
Joe was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Detroit, the son of Joseph and Christine (Bauch) Mazur.
He went to an all boy’s Catholic school, Catholic Central, and graduated from the University of Detroit to become a hydraulic engineer.
Joe was a veteran who served his country in the U.S. Army.
As a child, Joe’s family spent summers at Cranberry Lake where he met the love of his life, Elaine. Joe and Elaine were married Aug. 21, 1954, and spent 62 loving years together.
In 1965, Joe moved his family to Poland for the opportunity to work at Commercial Shearing. After many years there, Joe became the vice president of Lynde Hydraulics, which allowed he and Elaine to travel to Germany many times. Joe made many life-long friends in Germany. He retired from Lynde in 1992. Joe also worked for Brevini and has his own company, Yellow Creek Industries.
Never one to be idle, Joe became a Poland Village Councilman in 1997, where he served as president of the Council and on various committees for 20 years. He always stood up for what he believed was important for the Village of Poland.
Joe also served as a Hospice Volunteer for 25 years, providing prayer and comfort to families and patients in their time of need.
Joe was a man of great Catholic faith and prayed before and after every meal as well as saying the Rosary every night before bed. He recited the prayer, “Memorare” several times a day.
He was a longtime member of the Holy Family Church and for many decades, went to Mass every day. Joe was also a member of the Sera Club and Christ Our Savor Knights of Columbus Council 4471, where he was a fourth degree knight.
Joe was a big college football fan and avid runner well into his 80s. He loved the outdoors and made his yard a showpiece. He would often say, “We have our own park right here.” Joe never knew a stranger and greeted everyone with a smile and “Hi Pal!” Joe lived to serve God, his family and others.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine; two brothers, Robert and Jerome Mazur; sister-in-law Evelyn Mazur; and his parents.
He is survived by five children, Joe (Jennifer) Mazur of Dunkirk, Md., Dr. James (Colleen) Mazur of Salibury, N.C., Timothy (Theresa) Mazur of Georgetown, Texas, Maureen (James Kelly) Weetman of Poland and Colleen (AC) McMillion of Poland; grandchildren Mariah (Sam) Taylor, Michael and Stephen Mazur, Julie Mazur, James, Joseph and Jessica Weetman, and Zach and Christopher McMillion; sister-in-law Kate Mazur; and his grand-dogs, Jake and Smokey. Joe also leaves many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, where the Knights of Columbus will recite the Rosary at 6:45 p.m.
The family would like to thank his caretaker, Diana Larson, Dr. Michael Devine and Dr. Larry DiDominico and their staff for the care and support they gave Joe.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Visit www.Higgins-Reardon.com to send condolences to the family.