Johnny Mazanec
9/13/1929 - 10/30/2017

Johnny E. Mazanec, 88 of Bellmead passed away Monday, October 30th at Providence Hospice Place surrounded by his loving family.  A rosary will be recited Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30pm at Bellmead Funeral Home, with visitation to follow until 8:30pm.  Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 3 at 10:30am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellmead with the Rev. Albert Ruiz and Rev. Timothy Vaverek co-celebrating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in West.

Mr. Mazanec was born September 13, 1929 in Waco, the son of John F. and Julie Hlavaty Mazanec.  His father passed away when he was only 8 months old.

Johnny graduated from LaVega High School in 1947.  He graduated from 4C Business College, attended McLennan Community College and Baylor University.

Johnny married the love of his life that he met on the dance floor, Molly Vanzura Mazanec on June 14, 1951.  They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.  They have been members of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1954.  He served as church Usher and Eucharist Minister, served on the Church Financial Committee, faithfully attended Eucharist Adoration with his wife at St. Joseph and volunteered as outside monitor for CCD classes for 20 years.  He was instrumental in the annual church picnic functions and the Knights of Columbus picnic fundraisers.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7202 being a 3rd and 4th degree Knight, attaining lifetime membership.  They received the Lumen Gentium award from the Austin Diocese in 2015.

Johnny worked 10 years at William Cameron Company and the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years until his retirement.  He then worked part time with Knights of Columbus Insurance for 2 years and Valet parking at Hillcrest Medical Tower.  He served on the Postal Employees Credit Union Board of Directors for 25 years and the City of Bellmead Zoning Commission for 15 years. 

Johnny enjoyed water skiing, boating, trot lining, fishing, polka music, dancing (he and his wife were members of the POLKA Club of America), going to casinos, traveling in their recreational vehicle visiting many states coast to coast.  He enjoyed helping his family achieve their goals.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, daughter Diane Buxkemper and husband Melvin of Elm Mott, son Steven Mazanec of Garland, grandchildren Phillip Buxkemper and wife Ruby of Axtell and Allison Buxkemper and boyfriend Eric Larson of Killeen, Tx. and several cousins.

Pallbearers:  Phillip Buxkemper, Eric Larson, David Urbis, Dennis Teel, Russell Devorsky and Tommy Atkins and Larry Lawson.

Honorary Pallbearers:  Bobby Tlustos, Joe Brezina, Ted Uptmore, members of the Knights of Columbus Council 7202, and the Knights of Columbus 4th degree.

The family wishes to thank the following individuals for their heartfelt generosity and constant loving care:  Nurses at Providence Hospital 4 North especially Taylor, Chloe, Jenni, Heather and Callie, Dr. White in Radiology, Dr. Elwell, Margie and the Staff at Providence Hospice Place.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church building fund, St. Mary’s Cemetery Association in West, St. Jude, or a charity of your choice.

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