Michael A. (Spike) Mazza, 71, of Greenfield Township died Tuesday night, April 29, 2014, at home surrounded by family and friends.
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Born June 22, 1942, in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Nicholas (Spike) and Virginia Moro Mazza.
He was a 1960 graduate of St. Rose High School, Carbondale, and served for four years in the Marine Corps.
Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as vice president of the Operating Engineers, Local 542, in Wilkes-Barre. He had also been the owner and operator of the Paradise Inn, Greenfield Township.
He played defensive tackle for the Scranton Eagles and was a member of their 1971 Empire League Championship team. He was a member of the F&AM Masonic Aurora Lodge 523 in Jermyn and was a former president of the Scranton Building Trades Council.
He enjoyed dancing, Bocce, hunting with his kids and most of all advancing the efforts of organized labor.
He is survived by four sons, Michael Mazza Jr., Greenfield Township; Christopher Mazza and wife, Robin, Newton Lake; Phillip Mazza and companion, Gina Grizzanti, Vandling; and Chuck Mazza and wife, Leslie, Simpson; one sister, Rose Gerace and husband, Angelo, Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Jaime Minor, Kyle Semanision, Christopher Mazza Jr., Andrew, Kathleen and Robbie Mazza and Macy Phillips; two great-grandchildren, Skout Minor and Aubry Semanision; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Dominick (Spike) Mazza and wife, Peggy; and former wife, Kathleen Mazza.
The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Farview and 41st streets, Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 15 Fallbrook St., Carbondale.
Interment with military honors will be held in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
For directions, to send online condolences to the family or to view his online memorial scrapbook, please visit www.parisefuneralhome.com.
Parise Funeral & Monument
89 Farview St. Carbondale, PA 18408
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 1, 2014