Michael J. Mazza

December 18, 1953 ‒ June 19, 2003

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Michael J. Mazza Sr. age 49, of Mount Vernon died Thursday June 19, 2003 at the Country Club Care Center following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 18, 1953 in Mount Vernon and was a graduate of Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon. Mr. Mazza owned and operated Mazza’s Ristorante in Mount Vernon, which was founded by his father in 1939. He was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul Church in Mount Vernon, was a former member of the Mount Vernon Moose Lodge; was active with the National and Ohio Restaurant Associations. His passion was with racing and he was a six time, National Event Champion of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

Surviving are his wife Lisa (Butcher) Mazza; his mother Paulina (Costanzo) Mazza of Mount Vernon; three sons Travis Mazza of Washington, D.C., Michael (Lisa Maggard) Mazza II of Mount Vernon and Tony Mazza of Akron; a grandson Aron Michael Mazza; three stepsons Chad Brechler, Zachary Brechler and Nathan Brechler all of Utica; 2 sisters Camille (Selmer) Solie of Vero Beach, Florida and Jollene (Robert) Lybarger of Butler; his uncle Albert “Babe” (Margaret) Mazza of Brandon; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph C. Mazza and a brother Joseph “JoJo” Mazza Jr.

Friends may call Saturday from 5 to 7 PM and Sunday from 1 to 4 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. A funeral mass will be Monday at 2:30 PM at Saint Vincent de Paul Church with Father Ted Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Knox County, 302 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com