Mary Jo Mazza
1932 - 2018
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Mary Jo Mazza

Oshkosh - Mary Jo Mazza, age 85, of Oshkosh formerly from Conover, WI passed away on Monday January 8, 2018 at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh. Mary Jo was born in Stevens Point on August 18, 1932 the daughter of Robert and Josephine (Terrill) Kennedy. She married Joseph Mazza in Milwaukee on April 30, 1954. Mary Jo is survived by her husband Joseph Mazza of Oshkosh formerly of Conover, WI. Her children, Thomas (Lori) Mazza of Royalton, WI, Mary Jane (Larry) Lieberman of Charlotte, NC, Robert (Eva) Mazza of Oshkosh and Susan (Neil) Hennes of Charlotte, NC. Eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is also survived by her siblings, Tom Kennedy, Kay Blanding, Lynn Limberger, Sandy Kennedy, Dennis Kennedy, Terry Kennedy and Carole Kennedy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Pat Kennedy, Jean Benavidas, Kevin Kennedy, Michael Kennedy, Peter Kennedy and Nancy Kennedy.

Mary Jo loved to spend time at Heart Lake in Conover WI where she lived for many years with Joe, Feeding the chipmunks, squirrels and birds. She lived in Charlotte NC for 5 years where she enjoyed living close to her daughters and four of her grandchildren. She loved to cook and she was an extraordinary seamstress. She was an inspiration to her children in the arts, she created art that she lovingly shared and gave away to friends and family. She was a dedicated wife and soulmate to her husband Joe of 63 years. For 30+ years she enjoyed getting the family together in March at their time share the Lahaina Resort on Fort Myers Beach FL. She was a champion thrift store shopper, and passed that skill down to her daughters and grandchildren. She was generous and kind and lived a full life.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1 pm at the Evergreen Chapel at 1130 N. Westfield Street. Oshkosh, WI 54902. Father Jerry Pastors will officiate. In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund will be established in Mary Jo's name.

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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Jan. 11, 2018.
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September 13, 2018
I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss, Dr. Mazza. The impact you have had on my life is impossible to describe. Your belief in me, your encouragement, and your mentorship helped to form my character (and my ability to understand Parliamentary Procedure). Thirty years later, I still think of you frequently, and with great fondness. You have my deepest sympathy, gratitude and love.

Kathy Friedel Hodge
B.S., UWO, 1987
M.A., Miami University, 1989
Kathleen Hodge
January 13, 2018
I was very sorry to hear about Mary Jo's passing from my stepmother, Kay Kennard. My father, Gene Cech, passed in March, 2016, but was a very dear friend of both Mary Jo and Joe Mazza. No visit to my dad's home in Oshkosh was complete without a trip to Shenanigan's for dinner on the lake with the Mazzas. I know that Mary Jo will be missed by so many.
Kay Cech Latonio
January 13, 2018
Dr. Joe was my undergraduate advisor, mentor and friend. Mary Jo was the kind, caring, fun-loving person who helped us through hard days. She made the time Jan and I spent in Oshkosh measurably better. This loss is felt deeply and brings back wonderful memories. Godspeed Mary Jo, Peace and healing to you Joe as well.
Dr. Peter Settle
January 13, 2018
You have my sympathy, Joe. Mary Jo was a total gem.
Clay Willmington
January 11, 2018
What wonderful times we had together---the two Mazzas, my late husband, Gene Cech and I. The memories will be held close to my heart.
Kay Kennard
Kay Kennard
January 11, 2018
Mary Jo Mazza

We do not make human beings better than this woman.

She was kind and caring. We always knew she was WITH us. She could be firm and determined too, so one always knew where one stood. A very honest woman, who without seeming to try, always made clear how she cared.

Generosity was part of her.

Kindness was another.

Intelligence was always with her.

Mary Jo Mazza will be sorely missed.
Ed Penson
January 11, 2018
Dr. Mazza,
My heart goes out to you and your family at the loss of Mary. Treasure the memories.
Betty Hoeft
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