John Maraz

February 27, 1935 ‒ June 17, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

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.

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  • Nanci, I am so sorry for your lost. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • Mark,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We are all here should you need to talk or just have someone listen. If you need anything let’s us know.
    Cathy and Kevin Weyer

  • Dear Maraz Family,

    We feel deeply the loss of this man so special and dear to us.
    Mr. John will always be unforgetable, beloved and will be forever in our remembrances, thoughts and hearts.
    He was a man of God, affectionate, amorous , friend, a great legacy of faith. A man who liked to play to bring joy to the people around him.
    It was very beautiful the great love he felt for his whole family. He cared about everyone and wanted to see all of you well and happy, following the word of God.
    We are already missing him… We love him so much.
    God bless Mr. John and his entire family!
    With love,
    Darcio, Gilda and Aline.

  • Dad,

    I wish I could’ve made it back to see you in person one last time, but most of all I’m SO happy to have had one last good laugh with you on Skype recently, and to hear you always reminding us your most favorite words; “I love you and don’t you ever forget it!”
    And I’m SO glad to be able to tell you that “I love you too!”

    You have no idea the example and impact you made on my life and the life of many others! I’ll miss you so, but I also look forward to seeing you in heaven one day!

    Love you always dad!

  • Dear Marli and Family,

    You have my sympathy and prayers. May the qualities of God that were within Mr. John be remembered and remain over you until you meet again.