John Joseph Mazeika, 80



Shrewsbury – John Joseph Mazeika died Monday Aug. 16, 2010, at the age of 80. He was the loving and beloved husband for over 55 years to Rita C. (Walent) Mazeika and had served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his loving children, Sandra Berquist and her husband, Ronald; Cynthia DeCristofaro and her husband, Robert; John A. Mazeika and his wife, Margaret; James Mazeika and his wife, Teresa; Michael Mazeika and his wife, Leanne; and Christopher Mazeika and his wife, Camden. He was also the beloved Grampa to Brian, Kristen, Matthew, Nicholas, Ian, Dylan, Maxine, Adrienne, Jack, Thomas, Elise, Kaspar, Adam and Eben; and the brother of Barbara Clark. He was predeceased by his siblings, Albert Mazeika, Robert Mazeika, Daniel Mazeika, Raymond Mazeika and Katherine Kane.

Born in Worcester, the sixth of seven children, he grew up in Worcester and spent most of his summers working the family dairy farm in Jeff erson. He graduated from St. John’s High School and the College of the Holy Cross, and received his master’s degree in education from Boston College.

Mr. Mazeika began his career in education teaching and as a guidance counselor in the Shrewsbury school system. He spent the majority of his career, though, in higher education administration, assisting thousands of students in his role as registrar at Fitchburg State College. He also spent many a Saturday afternoon assisting as a high school football coach and then serving as a referee.

He loved life, his family, and especially his best friend, his wife, Rita. Together, they built a lifetime of special memories as they raised their six children.

Mr. Mazeika had a great sense of humor and all who knew him were touched by it. He loved his Catholic faith and was proud of his Lithuanian heritage. He enjoyed summer vacations on Cape Cod, gardening, fishing, rooting for the Red Sox and for football teams – be it high school, college or pro. In the past several years, he truly enjoyed following the exploits of his 14 grandchildren, who loved telling their special Grampa all about their daily activities and accomplishments – and he loved hearing all about them. He will be missed by all.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 21 from St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury, with burial at Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton. The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115.