Joseph Mazalin (1924 — 2021)

Joseph Mazalin

(1924 — 2021)

Joseph Mazalin, 97, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, Defiance, Ohio. Joseph was born on Jan. 4, 1924, in Mereville, Pennsylvania, son of the late Joseph and Sophie (Kish) Mazalin. He married Bernice Mokole on Oct. 28, 1949, in Akron, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 18, 2018. Joseph graduated from South High School in Akron and attended Kent State University. He served in the U.S. Navy, WWII, Landing Craft USS Peleliu, LHA-5 (Manis Island-Pacific). He started his career as a mechanical engineer at General Tire and Chase Brass. He was known as the “favorite” Uncle Joe due to his great sense of humor. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bryan Senior Center and lifetime member of the YMCA. He favorite pastimes were golfing, fishing and woodworking.

Surviving are his four children, Joe Mazalin of Amboy, Minnesota, Paula (Charles) Ray of Valparaiso, Indiana, Steve Mazalin of Placerville, California, and Rebecca Mazalin of Lake Tahoe, California; four grandchildren, Chris (Gretchen) Ray, Nick (Trisha) Ray, Matt (Jacquelin Fuller) Ray and Justin Mazalin; two great-grandchildren, Madisyn and Phoenix. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mary Ladich, Helen Perbanic and Lillian Mazalin.

To honor Joseph’s wishes, the family will hold private services. Interment will take place in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Arrangements are under the care of Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 N. Lynn St., Bryan.

The family asks those remembering Joseph to make memorial contributions to Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center, 6817 Ohio 66N, Defiance, Ohio, or Bryan Senior Center, 1201 S. Portland St., Bryan, OH 43506.

Condolences may be sent to the family, or the online guestbook may be signed at

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