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June 6, 2014

Walter A. (Rab) Maziarz

MEADVILLE — Walter A. (Rab) Maziarz, 16888 Cussewago Road, Meadville, and recently Crawford County Care Center, Saegertown, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at Meadville Medical Center. He was 100 years old.

He was born in 1914 in Oil City, a son of George and Julia Bernat Maziarz. His parents were born in Poland as was his older brother, Frank. He married Verna Mae Hyde on June 14, 1941. They were happily married 53 years and raised their family on Cussewago Road. She preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 1994.

He was a member of St. Agatha Roman Catholic Church.

Walter was a graduate of Meadville High School, attended Allegheny College and was on the football team. He worked at Talon Inc. in the payroll department until his retirement in 1979. He then worked at the Country Fair on State Street. In addition, while his parents were alive he tended bar at the family business, The Warsaw Tavern. For more than 50 years he worked at Costa’s Pizza during the Crawford County Fair.

He was a member of Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Polish National Alliance. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball. He always enjoyed going to many of the grandchildren’s sporting events and recitals and enjoyed spending time at the local ballparks, soccer fields and hockey rink. He was an avid softball enthusiast.

He enjoyed collecting coins and stamps. He touched many lives as a Red Coat volunteer at the former Spencer Hospital. He was a perfectionist when it came to gardening and always had a large vegetable garden and was well known for his garlic.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Kathleen Costa (husband, Tom, children, Karen Weber, Lori Wantz and Jeff Costa); Ronald Maziarz (wife, Janine, children, Kevin Maziarz and Lisa Moreno); great-grandchildren, Dawson Weber III, Kassel Weber, Weston Wantz, Elizabeth Dearth, Leslie Ortiz, Jadyn Maziarz, Lauryn Maziarz, Brayden Moreno, Kayla Moreno, Claudia Moreno and Rachel Moreno. He had four stepgrandchildren, James Watkins, Mark Watkins, John Honse and Joseph Honse; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Maziarz; two brothers, Frank Maziarz and Theodore (Teddy) Maziarz; a sister, Stella Jaskolski; and Jackie Madden, a grandson.

During the last several years he lived with Ron and Janine at 526 Chestnut St., Meadville, and in the winter with Kathy and Tom Costa in Clearwater, Fla.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 544 Chestnut St., Meadville. Burial will be in St. Agatha Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Memories and condolences may be shared at roofnercollinswarrenfh.com.

The family would like to acknowledge the care he received from Dr. Martin Decker, Crawford County Care Center and Meadville Medical Center.

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