Maria Mazzara

February 20, 1930 - November 5, 2017
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Maria Mazzara, 87, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2017 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont, Texas with her family by her side. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 8th from 5:00 p.m.  to 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica with a Rosary to begin at 6:30 p.m.  A Mass will be held on Thursday, November 9th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica with Father Paul Chovanec and Deacon John Pistone officiating.  Entombment will follow at the Mausoleum of Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.

Born in Acitrezza, Sicily on February 20, 1930, Maria immigrated to the United States with her family.   She graduated from Dominican High School in Galveston.   On April 8, 1961, she married Vincent B. Mazzara and resided in Galveston.   She was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica for over 50 years.   There she shared her beautiful voice in the St. Mary’s church choir for decades.  She worked at St. Mary’s Hospital at the front information desk, where her sweet disposition and kindness was a friendly welcome to patients and their families.   She was devoted to raising her three children.   She enjoyed cooking her delicious Italian dishes for her children and their friends.   She was committed to instilling the Catholic faith to her children.  She and her family participated in the St. John the Baptist feast day event each year.   This is a tradition from Italy to Galveston of honoring the patron saint of her hometown (Acitrezza).

She is preceded in death by her husband Vincent B. Mazzara and her parents Grazia and Sebastiano Valastro and her sister Venera Valastro. She is survived by her daughter Giannina Mazzara of Houston, son Ben Mazzara of Beaumont and daughter and son-in-law Grace Ann and Michael Thomas of Springfield, Illinois and her three grandchildren, Christina, Michael Jr. and David Vincent Thomas of Springfield, Illinois.  She is also survived by her brother Alfio Valastro and wife Rita, her sister Lucia Fichera all of Galveston, and sister-in-law Mary Fiorilla of Boca Raton, Florida and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff, who bonded with Maria like family, at Calder Woods Buckner Senior Living Community for their care and support over the last 4 years. Also, a special thank you to devoted friends Assunta (Tina) Esposito, Sybil Allen and Wanda Simar at Calder Woods.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Michael Thomas, Jr, David Vincent Thomas, nephews Sebastian Fichera, Sebastian Valastro, John Fiorilla, godson Mario Grasso and cousin Vincent Giacona. Honorary pallbearers will be John Fichera, John Giacona, Chris Bordonaro and Carmelo Riga.

Memorials may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation. Arrangements are under the direction of Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, Galveston.

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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica


21st & Church, Galveston, TX, 77550

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Rosary at 6:30 PM.

Service Information

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica


21st & Church, Galveston, TX, 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery


, Dickinson, TX, 77539

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Donation Information

Michael J. Fox Foundation

Phone: 1-800-708-7644

P. O. Box 5014
Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014
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Born: February 20, 1930
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Kathy Amato posted on 11/9/17

I remember doing your mom's hair years ago. She was the sweetest and kindness lady I know. My thoughts and prayers go out to your entire family. She will be greatly missed I am sure.


Fritz and Michele Zaunbrecher posted on 11/8/17

Our condolences for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and loved by all who knew her. She's reunited with her beloved husband.


John Buzzurro posted on 11/8/17

Maria's sweet smile and kindness will be missed. Our hearts goes out to all her family members. Rest in peace.


Cindy Wyatt posted on 11/8/17

Maria, you will be greatly missed. Such a sweet and caring person. Loved by all. Rest in peace.


Rose D'Ambra posted on 11/7/17

On behalf of the D'Ambra Family, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Mazzara Family. Patrazza was a wonderful and kind lady. I have nothing but fond memories of her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Ben, Giannina, Grace and all the entire Mazzara Family. Patrazza, is now with her Heavenly Father resting in loving arms. God bless you all during this difficult time.