Robert D. “Bob” Mazza, 71, of Sandusky, passed away early Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2012, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a hard fought battle with cancer.
He was born May 28, 1941, in Sandusky, to Anthony and Mary (Muratori) Mazza. Bob was a 1959 graduate of Sandusky High School and attended Kent State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served at Bethesda Naval Hospital, as a medical corpsman, during the Vietnam War. Bob worked in sales for more than 20 years at Kasper Transportation, before retiring.
He was a true sports fan having cheered throughout the years for the OSU Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers. In his younger days, for many years he was known for his talent of playing shortstop for the Schlessman Seeds softball team. Bob was a life member of American Legion Post 83.
He is survived by his mother, Mary (Muratori) Mazza, of Bellevue; his wife of 22 years, Katherine (Groves) Mazza, of Sandusky; his children, Marlene (Jay) Gundlach, of New Albany, Ohio, Brian Mazza, of Huron, and Myron (Lisa) Ransom, of Sandusky; six grandchildren, Jordan and Jacob Gundlach, Mason Mazza, Brenna Edwards, and Logan and Sydney Ransom; great-granddaughter, Jocilyn Edwards; brother, Larry (LeeAnn) Mazza, of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Marilyn (John) Hamann, of Bellevue; his best buddy, Paul Groves, of Sandusky; nieces, nephews and the best cousins one could hope for.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Anthony “Tony” Mazza (Feb. 13, 1980); maternal grandparents, Gus and Anita Muratori; and paternal grandparents, William and Elvira Mazza.
At his request there will be no visitation and cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Stephen United Church of Christ, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Jerald A. Fenske will officiate.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Arrangements are entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to Bob’s family at davidfkoch.com.