Dr. Joseph L. Mazza

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passed away on December 22, 2015, in Bradenton, Florida at the age of 91. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to Louis and Pauline Mazza. Dr. Mazza is survived by his loving wife of over 62 years, Margaret L. Mazza, and children, Cynthia M. Keene, Catherine M. Giangreco (Alfredo), Joseph D. Mazza (Christi) , Juliet M. Mendoza (Carlo), and his grandchildren, Alexander Keene, Martin Giangreco (Andrea), Marcello and Elizabeth Giangreco, Christina and Jacqueline Mazza, Matteo, Mila and Massimo Mendoza. Dr. Mazza served his country in the US Navy as an officer aboard the USS Wichita. At the end of WWII he was assigned to skipper a hospital ship bringing back American POW's from Japan. Upon his return, he enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his medical degree. During his internship at West Penn Hospital, he met a student nurse named Peg and she became his wife. He always commented on how extremely fortunate he was to have her in his life. Dr. Mazza practiced medicine in Pittsburgh for 45 years. He had a very devoted following of patients, in part, because he spoke Italian. However, it was his emphasis on listening carefully to each patient that made him an extremely skilled diagnostician. His dedication to his practice and patients saved many lives. Dr. Mazza retired in 1990, and moved to Bradenton. He continued to be active as a physician, volunteering at the Manatee County Health Department and We Care clinics. He was a Master Gardener with the Manatee County Agricultural Center, and an usher at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Throughout his life, he was an athlete, a sports fan, and an avid tennis player and golfer. He shared his passion and love of these sports, especially with his family. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family. A funeral mass is scheduled for 9:30 AM on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Graveside services to follow at Skyway Memorial Gardens, 5200 US HWY 19 North, Palmetto, Florida 34221. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sunny Bower ALF, 1604 71st Ave NW, Bradenton, FL 34209 or Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Sunny Bower ALF for their care and dedication. Arrangements have been entrusted to Skyway Memorial Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.skywaymemorial.com
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Palmetto, FL 34221
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Dec. 27, 2015
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