Mildred Popney Maziarz, 10/12/1920 - 6/4/2018 and Roman Virgil Maziarz, 1/24/1919 - 5/7/2004.
Mildred bumped into Roman on a street corner in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1947. He had been stood up for a date and Mildred knew a place with a terrific floor show in Erie. That was the beginning of their life together.
Roman was the youngest son of Polish immigrants. He dropped out of high school to help support his family and found work at the Talon Zipper Company. In 1941, he join the U.S. Army to defend our country at the start of World War II. He became a B-17 captain, surviving 33 missions, including one in which he had to ditch his plane in the North Sea in February after having three of his four engines destroyed by enemy fire.
Mildred was born in Frenchtown, Pennsylvania. She lost her father when she was only six years old and spent the next five years happily living on her grandfather's farm. She picked wild strawberries in the woods, rode the farm horses, played in the creek, and helped her grandmother cook on the wood burning stove. At age 11, Mildred moved back to Meadville where she attended St. Agatha's School and graduated as salutatorian at age 16. Immediately after high school she began her career as a dental assistant.
Mildred and Roman married in 1948. Roman returned to school and in 1953 graduated from Chiropractic College in San Antonio, Texas. They moved to Corpus Christi, Texas in 1957. Mildred retired from dental assisting to raise their two children, Roman Ernest and Juliette. Roman had a successful Chiropractic practice for 27 years.
Roman was an artist, a practical joker, a healer, a hero, a loving husband, a tender father, a brilliant gardener, a terrific polka dancer, a fisherman, a sailor, a teacher, a gourmet, and a gentleman. He expected the best from people and nurtured it in himself.
Mildred was a creative and gifted artist and homemaker. She created countless gourmet meals and introduced her family to classical music and literature. Mildred studied ikebana and interior design. She was a gifted seamstress and delighted her family with beautiful trapunto pillows, doll clothes and charming Christmas ornaments. Mildred loved to dance and sing and she loved our dad.
In 2004, after two years of failing health they moved from Corpus Christi to be near their daughter in Ventura, California. Roman passed away on May 7 of that year. They were married 56 years.
Mildred lived the following 14 years at the Lexington Assisted Living Facility where she died in her own bed on June 4, 2018. Words cannot express the gratitude the family feels toward the staff at the Lexington. Mildred was treated with such respect, care, and compassion. The family was guided by their professionalism and comforted by their loving care.
Roman and Mildred are survived by their children, Roman and Juliette (Richard); grandchildren, Drake and Erik (Justine) Hunter; and a beautiful great granddaughter, Audrey Louise Hunter.
Roman and Mildred will be memorialized in Meadville, in a private family ceremony.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be sent to TedMayrFuneralHome.com.
Published on June 10, 2018