Dr. August C. Mazza, age 93, of Findlay passed away at 4:59 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born on August 6, 1919 to the late Carmen Thomas and Antonietta (Onofrietti) Mazza in Erie, Pa. August married Aleda J. Pfost on May 30, 1942 and she preceded him in death in 1989. He married Maxine Adkerson Ramsey in 1990 and she survives. August is also survived by two daughters: Catherine L. Mazza (Joseph Provo) of Boston, Mass., and Lisa M. (Michael) Kirk of Westerville, Ohio; one son, Jeffery A.(Jennifer) Ramsey of Delaware, Ohio; and his daughter-in-law Anita Mazza; one sister, Livia Funaro of Erie, Pa.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Stephen J. Mazza; five brothers: Isadore, Stephen and Anthony Catapano, and Carmen and Alphonse Mazza, and two sisters: Theresa Timlin and Mary Narducci. In Erie, he attended St. Peter's Cathedral Grade School 1925-1933, and then attended Academy High School 1933-1937 where he graduated with honors and played guard on the football team. After high school he attended Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio on a football scholarship September 1937-June 1941, graduating Summa Cum Laude receiving a B.A. degree. After college he worked at National Carbon Company (Union Carbide Corp.) in Fostoria, Ohio, June 1941-February 1943. He returned to work there from February 1946â€"September 1947 as a Products Engineer in Lighting Carbon Development. August served in the U.S. Army Air Corps February 1943-February 1946, where he reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was an officer in charge of a Ground Controlled Approach Unit. While in the service he attended both Iowa and Yale Universities. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant while at Yale on July 6, 1944. He returned to school at the University of Cincinnati Medical College in 1947 and graduated in June 1951 receiving a Doctorate of Medicine Degree. He was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the Honor Medical Fraternity, and Phi Kappa Epsilon, the Honor Fraternity for doctors, dentists and engineers. August returned to service following medical school in the Air Force in July 1951, and served as a Physician in the Strategic Air Command until July 1954. He entered the civilian practice of medicine in Erie, Pa. in August 1954 and remained in practice there until July 1962. He moved to Findlay in August 1962 and began a practice of medicine and anesthesiology. He closed his general medicine practice in January 1984, and the anesthesia practice in May 1987. Dr. Mazza accepted the position of Industrial Physician for OH Materials in May 1987, and continued there until January 1988. In February of that year he returned to General Practice at the Carey Clinic of Blanchard Valley Hospital until his retirement in April 1998. With his late wife Aleda, August started the Mazza Museum under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Mallett in 1982. The Mazza Museum has grown far beyond the dreams of the founders into an institution of which the whole community is proud. August was a Distinguished Alumni of Findlay College, Distinguished Associate of Findlay College, Alumni Associate of Findlay Union in 1941, Alumni Associate at the University of Cincinnati in 1951, and a member of the McMicken Society at the University of Cincinnati in 1974. He was on the Board of Governors at Findlay College, Findlay College Alumni Association, and served as President in 1975-76. Dr. Mazza was a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. He was a member of the following medical associations (MA):AMA, Erie County MA, Pennsylvania MA, Hancock Country MA, Ohio MA, American and Ohio Societies of Anesthesiologists, serving as Board Director from 1964-1978, American and Ohio Academies of General Practice/Family Practice. He also served as President of the Hancock County TB Association. August was a member of the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, the Extension Society of the Roman Catholic Church and the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Visitation will be 1:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 12, 2013 at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Bright Road. Rev. Msgr. Michael Hohenbrink will officiate and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Full military rites will be performed by the Hancock County Veteran's Memorial Squad. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mazza Museum, www.mazzacollection.org, or Bridge Home Health & Hospice, https://www.bvhealthsystem.org. Online condolences may be made via www.coldrencrates.com.
Coldren Crates Funeral Home
205 West Sandusky Street
Findlay, OH 45840
Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 11, 2013