February 27, 1935 ‒ June 17, 2016
MANSFIELD: John Maraz was a God-given blessing to many. For 81 years the Lord worked through the life of an independent family man, a good provider with a big heart, a father figure even to the fatherless, who now leaves a legacy of enduring love and faithfulness.
John went to be with the Lord Friday June 17, 2016 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.
Born February 27, 1935 in the back of taxi cab in Santo Andre, Brazil to Estefano & Suzana (Michel) Maraz, it was a foreshadowing to a life on the move. He brought his young family to the US in 1971 in hopes of a better life, and John began working at Tappan Home Center. As a self-employed contractor, John could repair and build everything. He later worked with Sears Home Improvement.
His Christian faith was paramount in his life, and John was a member of Apostolic Christian Church on Middle Bellville Road.
He is survived by his wife Olga Roncoletta Maraz; five children Marisa Maraz in Brazil, Nanci (David) Friedrich of Wooster, Marli Cline of Mansfield, Jerry (Dee) Maraz of Ontario and Mark (Barbara) Maraz of Waxahachie, TX; grandchildren Adrian, Alissa, Jessica, Brandon, Aaron, Monise (Andrew), Matthew, and Michael; sisters Lydia (Jacob) Chant of Mansfield and Luiza Juriati of Brazil; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
The Maraz family will receive friends Monday, June 20, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Apostolic Christian Church, 1332 Middle Bellville Road, with Marc Contrascere officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to his family may be made to help defray final expenses.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Maraz family. Send them a message of support – or watch John’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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