Rosa Prats

June 10, 1920 ‒ April 22, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: The remarkable basketball seasons of the Mansfield Senior High Tygers of the late 1970s through early 1990s – including the 1985 State Runner-Up Team – had their inception on South Street in Galion. There, a petite Puerto Rican widow nailed a basketball rim to a tree and with patience and love and sacrifice taught her sons the game. It was an example of the work ethic with which Rosa Prats raised her children and poured herself into them, sacrificing for them, yet never missing a day of work.

Rosa passed into the Lord’s care Sunday, April 22, 2018. She was 97.

Born Rosa Garcia June 10, 1920 in, Puerto Rico, she worked as a waitress for Eddie McNew’s, then at Isaly’s and finally at Howard Johnson’s. She left the restaurant business to work on the assembly line at Therm-O-Disc, retiring at age 81 with 40 years of service.

Rosa’s love of the game of basketball never faded. She followed her son Joe as a player and coach, was devoted to the Cleveland Cavaliers (Rosa loved LeBron!), enjoyed NCAA Bracketology, and always found time for a trip to a casino.

She is survived by her son Joseph (Jovita) Prats of Mansfield; devoted daughter Sylvia Prats of Mansfield who always had time for her mother; daughter-in-law Ellen Prats of Cincinnati; grandchildren Jena (fiancé Shad Creamer) Prats of Mansfield, Jessa (Tyler) Wolff of Pataskala, and Ian Prats of Cincinnati; great grandchildren Jax, Judd and Jade; dear friend Linda Sloane of Bellville and Greg Chase of Mansfield; and her canine companion Shih Szu Riley.

Rosa was preceded in death by her husband Jose Maria Prats in 1950 and by her son Harry Prats on August 28, 2015.

The Prats family will receive friends Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in Mansfield Memorial Park with The Rev. Tom Roepke officiating.

Contributions in her memory to the Richland County Humane Society may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Sylvia and family,
    My prayers are with you during this time of tremendous loss. May God heal
    the pain and remind you of the cherished memories.

  • Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the loss of your Mom! May God’s grace give you comfort and peace during the days ahead.

  • My sincere sympathy to the entire Prats family…Rosa was such a beautiful soul. She leaves treasured memories for all that knew her. Prayers of peace and comfort for you all.

  • Sylvia, So sorry to hear about Rosa. She was a kind and generous lady. I know you will miss her very much

    Bev Bernotas

  • Dear Rosa,
    I worked with you at McNews restaurant in Galion from 1954 til 1957 and have always remembered you as the sweetest lady I ever met. I was just 19 when I left and I remember our talks about Puerto Rico… always wore a beautiful handkerchief pinned to your white uniform. I always missed the people I worked with at McNews …( he was my uncle ). But missed you the most. I wish I had known you lived in Mansfield as I do…..I would have visited you without question. You’ve had a lovely long life, which makes me happy. God Bless You & R.I.P. Rosa……

  • I’ll never forget you sweet funny Abuela. You always made us smile and that rice – yum!!! Love Angie

  • Sylvia, Joe and Family – My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear mother. I’ve been her neighbor for 33 years and used to enjoy chatting with her when she would walk her dog past my house. The neighborhood will not be the same without her presence in it. She had quite a remarkable, long life. She will be missed by all.

    Love – Barb Dunlap

  • Dear Joe and Jovita, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. We know she was a big part of your life. She must have felt so loved. Prayers John & Terry Heeringhaus