Michael A. Mazz, 93, postman, volleyball official

October 22, 2005

Michael Anthony Mazz, a retired postman who had been active in volleyball circles, died of complications from cancer Oct. 15 at Charlestown Retirement Community, where he lived for the past five years. The former Southwest Baltimore resident was 93.

Born Michael Anthony Maziuravic in Baltimore and raised on Herkimer Street, he was a Polytechnic Institute graduate. His family later changed the spelling of its name.

Mr. Mazz was a carpenter at the old Hochschild Kohn department store in downtown Baltimore before joining the Army during World War II. Wounded by shrapnel, he served in Africa and in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war he joined the post office and delivered mail in downtown Baltimore. He retired in 1978.

As a young man Mr. Mazz as active in track and field and soccer.

"He had a silver cup he was very proud of. At age 15, he won an 80-yard dash at the Municipal Games," said George Thompson, a relative who lives in Bluemont, Va. "He wasn't very tall, but he was fast."

Mr. Mazz later became an official of softball and track events, and traveled widely as a certified national and international volleyball referee.

Family members said he attended Olympics games at Munich, Germany; Sydney, Australia; Lake Placid, N.Y.; and Los Angeles.

For more than five decades he belonged to the Lithuanian post of the American Legion on Hollins Street.

He was a lifelong member of St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church.

Services were held Tuesday.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, the former Helen Bond; and nine nieces and nephews.

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