June 10, 1920 ‒ April 22, 2018
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.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Prats family. Send them a message of support – or watch Rosa’s tribute video online – at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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