Dominic Sellars

September 11, 1927 ‒ October 18, 2014

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Much like bronze or copper, Dominic Sellars encompassed a strong, durable, and precious spirit. Lively and outgoing, Dominic’s personality was captivating.  Friendly, he would talk to anyone, often about current events, politics, and life in general.  Dominic’s zest for life rippled into the fabric of his family.

A hardworking family man, Dominic Sellars, age 87, of Mansfield passed away peacefully at home, Saturday, October 18, 2014.

The son of Anthony and Mary (Powell) Sellars, Dominic was born September 11, 1927 in Krebs, Oklahoma.

Part of America’s Greatest Generation, Dominic served in the Army during WWII.  In 1948 he was honorably discharged.

Dominic married Pauline “Polly” Hajny July 1, 1950.  He worked for Republic Steel in Warren in the environmental control division, and retired in 1987.

Shortly after retirement, Dominic and Polly moved to Mansfield to be closer to his family.  Family was always first to Dominic, spending every Sunday gathered around the table together.  He adored spoiling his grandson as a child, and was “mesmerized” by his two great granddaughters.

Living life to the fullest, Dominic was passionate.  Passionate about his vegetable gardens, that grew a bounty of produce each year;  passionate about college football and rooting for The Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners and Notre Dame Fighting Irish; and more importantly passionate about his wonderful family.  Whether it was watching cartoons with his great granddaughters or playing football with his grandson, Dominic invested in his family.

A gentle giant, Dominic was tough and loving, generous yet stern, but most of all sacrificial and steadfast.

He was a member of United Steel Workers, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus.

Dominic is survived by his wife of 64 years, Pauline “Polly” Sellars of Mansfield; daughter and son-in-law Pat (Tom) Plaisted of Lexington; grandson Tom (Jennifer) Plaisted of Mansfield; great granddaughters Sydney and Melanie; brother Virgil (Loretta) Sellars of Champion and sister Angela (William) Tombar of Champion; brothers and sisters-in-law William (Jan) Hajny of Minnesota, Irene (Arthur) Sabo of Adena, Ann (Joseph) Demski of Smithfield, and John (Connie) Hajny of Adena; nieces, nephews and many cousins and friends.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings Nick (Jane) Sellars, Dominica (Nick) Cioffi, Lucille (Pete) Superak, Beatrice (Angelo) Mocella, and an infant brother.

Friends may call Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 4-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a prayer vigil will be held at 7pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, at 11 am in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. Father Gregory Hite.  Burial with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to St. Peter’s Catholic Church may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Nanny, Pat, Tom, Tommy, Jeep and family. Kenny and I were so sorry to learn of Dominic’s death. He will long be remembered for his kind and generous spirit. May his soul forever rest in peace.

    God Bless and special hugs to Nanny and Pat,

    Mara and Ken Wareham

  • Dear Patty,

    I was so sorry to read about the passing of your dad. I always remember going over to your house and feeling so at home there. Your dad and mom were always so kind to me and welcomed me like a daughter.

    I have always treasured our friendship and just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and sending you much sympathy. It is so hard to lose your Daddy.

    Love to you and your mom,

  • Dear Pauline:

    So sorry to hear of your loss of Dominic. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

    In all the time we have known him he was a great person.

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

    (Remember me I was Loretta Sellars friend.)


    Carl & Edith (D’Altorio) Ritch
    Warren, OH

  • Dear Pauline, Patty, and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Dominic’s passing and was also so surprised that he was 87. It seems like only yesterday that you both were newlyweds living on Federal Street when Patty was a baby. Pauline, you introduced me to the smell of cod liver oil.
    Then I recall your moving to Douglas and the fun we would have when I would visit with Rosemary. You both were always such a loving couple who had so much fun in teasing each other. I am sure that love and happiness continued throughout your marriage. I also remember going to church festivals and weddings where you two enjoyed dancing. God blessed you with a loving marriage and caring family.
    Even though I haven’t seen you in ages, the Sellars family holds a special place in my heart. Prayers to all of you in rejoicing in the wonderful times you shared. I wish you were closer because I really would have liked to come to the services for Dominic.

  • Though nothing can bring back the hour that God took you’re husband Don home. From you aunt Pauline. As you remember the 64 glorious years you shared together and how you grew in love and values. And how they were passed on to your daughter Pat who he esp. loved very much. Your husband and you were all about family He loved his grandson and the wife he chose and knowing uncle Don like me the great grandchildren had to be the apex of his we grief his passing as we must and as the years go by and the grieving slows down but not completely. Aunt Pauline You have your family. Daughter Pat her husband Tom and Jeep and her children and husband Tom to teach them your values that you husband was doing and also Plaisted Family will be there for you. God Bless
    With Deepest Sympathy at your lost
    Steve Theresa Sernulka