dr. James E. Mraz, 85, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born on October 9, 1936 in Erie, a son of the late Dr. John J. and Janette (Harkins) Mraz.
Jim was a proud graduate of Cathedral Preparatory School, Allegheny College, and University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He completed an orthopedic residency at the University at Buffalo after serving his country with honors in the United States Navy for two years.
Jim was a founding member of Orthopedic Surgeons, Inc. and spent the next thirty years as an orthopedic surgeon working with the St. Vincent Hospital residents of his hometown. Most of all, he loved to spend time with family and friends. Jim also loved golfing and fishing; he had bragging rights about three holes in one. He was a member of the Siebenbuerger Club, the Maennerchor Club and the Kahkwa Club.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Jeannie Constable and her husband Joseph and Judy Avampato and a brother-in-law Edward and his wife Jeanine Seyboldt.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Carolyn (Heyl) Mraz, four sons James, Gregg (Lori), Mark and Matthew; and a precious granddaughter, Sara Grace. He also leaves his brother, Dr. John “Jack” Mraz, a sister Joyce Mraz, brother-in-law Charles Avampato, two sisters-in-law Mary Kay (Heyl) Leonard and her husband Al, and Jane Reuter and her husband Dave; and many cousins.
Friends are invited to call at the Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street on Mondays from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. Services will be held there on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at St. George Church at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. George Church or a charity of your choice. Condolences can be sent to www.bruggerfuneralhomes.com
Posted online on September 23, 2022
Published in Erie Times-News