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PATRIC MAZZA Patric Mazza, 95, WWII POW and long time Vero resident died peacefully at home on Sep
tember 22, 2013. He was born on January 3, 1918, the son of John and Mary (Oliver) Mazza, in Houston, PA. At age 26, then Staff Sgt Mazza, landed at Utah Beach, crossed France and Germany before being injured and captured near Aachen, Germany. After 5 months in a POW camp, female Russian tank drivers freed the prisoners. Tired, hungry and dirty, wearing the same clothes that he was wearing when captured, and relying on the kindness of strangers, he and his fellow soldiers made their way to a military base in Odessa, Russia and eventually home. He received the Purple Heart. He came to Vero Beach in 1952 and owned the Tahitian Lounge and Rose Garden Tea Room before working at the Ocean Grill for 20 years. He married Sally Irwin in 1960. He is survived by his brother Victor Mazza (Jean) of Washington, PA and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. Also survived by 2 step sons, Dennis King (Ronny) and Thomas King (Gay). Deceased are his wife Sally and 3 brothers, Sam, Peter, and Ernest; and his sister Rose.
Published in the TC Palm on Sept. 25, 2013