John J. Mazza, of Hanover Township, passed away peacefully at Smith Health Care, Mountain Top, surrounded by his family.
He was the son of the late John and Minnie DeMuro Mazza and graduated from Hanover High School Class of 1943 at the age of 16. Following graduation, John joined the Air Force; trained at Keesler Field in Mississippi, and later stationed in New Foundland. After the war ended, John returned to civilian life, continuing his education, graduating from Temple University, with a degree in Pharmacy and passed hi state boards in 1949. John worked for the late James Hanlon for many years, until he built and operated Crestwood Pharmacy in Mountain Top, for 40 years until his retirement.
John joined WVCC 65 years ago, was an avid golfer, served as the club's secretary for many years and was on the Board of Directors. WVCC honored him for his volunteer work and being a main part of the club's historic past. He was given the prestigious award of Honorary Member.
John has always been a very generous individual to people in need – through kindness and philanthropy. Self proclaimed as “His Own Man.” He was a member of St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church in Ashley. John will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents: John and Minnie DeMuro Mazza; sisters: Ann Galanti and Marie McDermott and brother-n-laws: Jack Wallace, Joseph Galanti and Ed McDermott; nephew-Jonathan Mazza.
He is survived by his sister, Rose Wallace of Hanover Township; Brother, Dr. Joseph Mazza and his wife Ginny of Wisconsin; several nieces and nephews; his long time and devoted companion: Delores Kovaleski of Swoyersville.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019, at 9:00 am from the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. 689 Hazle Ave. Wilkes-Barre with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. Leo/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan Street, Ashley. Interment, with Military Honors, will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.
Visitation will be on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 4 to 7 pm and Friday morning from 8:45 am until time of service.
The family would like to thank all of the nurses and staff at Smith Health Care for their excellent care and compassion and the Hospice nurses from Maylath Valley Health System, Inc.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked donations be made to St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church, Ashley, Wyoming Valley Children's Association-1133 Wyoming Ave, Forty-Fort, PA 18704 and to the Wyoming Valley Country Club in Hanover Township, PA.
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