STATE COLLEGE, PA., and JONESPORT – Serafino Paul Mazza Jr., 82, died suddenly Saturday, March 9, 2013, with his loving family surrounding him. Born Nov. 7, 1930, in Cresson, Pa., S. Paul Mazza Jr. was the son of Italian immigrants.
Paul Mazza is survived by his beloved wife, Maralyn Davis Mazza; and five children, Laura Anne Mazza-Dixon, David Paul Mazza and his wife, N. Taylor McCall-Mazza, Virginia Marie Mazza and her partner, Theresa Vescio, Susan Margaret Van Etten and her husband, Robert Van Etten, and Serafino Paul Mazza III and his wife, Sue Ann Mazza. The 15 grandchildren who will remember his loving concern and passionate interest in their lives are Courtney Allyn Stachowski, Alyson Mansfield Mazza, Bethany Marie Dixon, Niven Paige McCall-Mazza, Alessandra Davis Stachowski, Danielle Witlin Mazza, Fallon Grace Mazza, Isabella Marie Stachowski, Lundun Davidson McCall-Mazza, Serafino Paul Mazza IV, Colten Van Etten, Joshua Martin Mazza, Tyler Van Etten, Serafina Hope Mazza and Madison Faith Mazza. He was predeceased by his oldest son, Thomas Anthony Mazza, on March 10, 2001.
Paul graduated from State College High School in 1947, from the University of Notre Dame in 1952 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1955. He began his career as a lawyer in 1956. His special concern for the elderly shaped his career as a lawyer. His concern for the needs of farm families led to his formation of Pennsylvania Farmer’s Association Legal Service in 1972. Paul married Maralyn June Davis of State College, Pa., in 1954. In 1970 he and his wife, Maralyn, founded South Hills School of Business and Technology, with four campuses in Central, Pa. South Hills school has graduated more than 6,000 students. Maralyn and Paul Mazza have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of others by being interested in each person who comes across their path, and making themselves available to assist those people in any way they could. In 2012 Maralyn and Paul Mazza founded Mazza Foundation for Education, a non-profit organization devoted to creating opportunity for students through scholarships, nurturing social responsibility and advancing educational innovation. Paul’s love for his family was boundless. He and Maralyn loved nothing more than gathering on the coast of Maine with all of their family and friends. The bonds they formed in Jonesport, a small fishing village on the hard-scrabble coast of Maine, carry on to this day in his children’s and grandchildren’s love for each other and the area. Maralyn is the daughter of Laura Helen Mansfield of Jonesport and Donald W. Davis of Poland, Maine. Words cannot express the profound influence S. Paul Mazza Jr. has had on his family, friends and community. He will be missed by all who knew him.
The Mazza family will hold a service in his memory in Jonesport this coming summer, at a time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Mazza Foundation for Education, care of First National Bank, 2591 Park Center Blvd., State College, PA 16801. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College, Pa. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.