Mark Vrahas

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Mark Vrahas died peacefully the morning of Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He fulfilled his wish to finish his life in his house in the town he loved.
He is survived by his three children: Lynn Vrahas Coleman of Pittsburgh, Pa., Mark Vrahas of Newton, Mass., Amy Vrahas Hall of Ashburn, Va.; and his siblings: Ann Sedor of Alexandria, Va., Angie Roman of Pittsburgh, Pa., Helen Mitchel and Steve Vrahas of Phoenix, Ariz.; as well as nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruthann (Riss) Vrahas. He also leaves behind many faithful friends who met regularly for breakfast over a 40-year period, most recently at Eat n' Park.
He was born July 23, 1931, and grew up in DuBois and graduated from DuBois High School.
After serving in the Korean War with the Navy, he returned to DuBois and began a career as an entrepreneur. He owned and operated several well-known DuBois establishments, including: Nick's Hotdog Shop, the Tasty Pastry Donut Company, Nick's Be-Line Drive Inn and the Maple Leaf Restaurant. He was probably best known for Nick's Hot Dog Sauce, which was bottled and sold along with Spaghetti Sauce, Garlic Oil, and Crazy Mixed up Salt in all the major Grocery chains from DuBois to Buffalo. In his retirement he continued to offer the spice mix in local grocery stores until his grandson took over the business selling Nick's Sauce online:
He loved DuBois and was honored to serve the community in several roles over the years. He served as the midget football commissioner for two years and established the Cereal Bowl. He was Mayor from 1976 through 1980, County Commissioner from 1980 through 1983, and District Magistrate from 1992 through 1994. During his time as Mayor he secured federal funding and land for the First and Fifth Ward Fire Houses. He built the Sandy Lick flood control project, the Beaver Drive Industrial Park and Walkway. He was instrumental in the establishment of St. Michael's Terrace and the DuBois Public Library building construction. Perhaps most notably he used his political connections in Washington, D.C. to secure a $500,000 grant for the building of the YMCA.
A memorial service will be held at the Tri County Church - On the Hill, 1881 Old 255 Road, DuBois on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 4 p.m.
A scholarship program for DuBois High School graduates is being established in Mark's name. Therefore, in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to The Mark Vrahas Charitable Trust. Checks may be made payable to "Fidelity Charitable" and may be sent to Fidelity Charitable P.O. Box 770001 Cincinnati, OH 43277-0053.  Please reference "The Mark Vrahas Charitable Trust" in the memo field of your check.
Published in The Courier Express from Dec. 14 to Dec. 24, 2015
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