Ross electrical designer passed diverse interests to children
Daniel Mazlik performed triple somersaults into his 40s, sang in a choir and helped design electrical systems for power plants.
"He loved old Frank Sinatra songs," recalled his daughter, Lisa Rodrian of Cranberry. "He sang around the house. When we were growing up, he would have us sing with him."
Daniel A. Mazlik died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at his home in Ross of an apparent heart attack. He was 79.
Mr. Mazlik was born Nov. 18, 1929, to Adam and Marie Mazlik in Lawrenceville and grew up there and in Albion, Erie County.
"When he started first grade, he could only speak Slovak," Rodrian said. "The teacher came to the parents' house and said you have to start speaking English at home so that your son will learn the language and do well in school."
Mr. Mazlik graduated from the former Arsenal High School, where he was a member of the diving and basketball teams and the weightlifting club.
"He learned to dive when he was 11 or 12 by diving off the 40th Street Bridge with his friends," Rodrian said.
After graduation, Mr. Mazlik received training to become an electrical designer and draftsman. He worked for Rust Engineering and Dravo Engineering and retired in the mid-1980s after helping design the electrical system for the Beaver Valley Power Plant.
He and his late wife Maryann enjoyed dancing — especially the jitterbug — and gardening.
Mr. Mazlik grew grapes, apples, plums, pears, cherries, raspberries and vegetables in his backyard. He even tried his hand at making wine.
"They put me to work, picking grapes and squeezing them," said his son, Eric Mazlik of Atlanta.
His daughter, Sheila Phillips of Economy in Beaver County, said her father taught her to drive on his riding lawnmower and would baby-sit her puppies when she had to work late.
"He was very conservative, straitlaced, tended to be on the serious side, but had a unique sense of humor," Phillips said. "He liked to tell jokes, not very funny ones."
He encouraged his children's interest in music, sports and swimming, Rodrian said. "We could dive and do somersaults by the time we were in first grade."
Mr. Mazlik was a member of the North Hills Harmony Line Chorus, which performs at nursing homes, schools and Station Square. The chorus will sing at his viewing.
In addition to his children, Lisa, Sheila and Eric, he is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Adam of Danbury, Conn., and Ruth Caracciolo of Allison Park; and seven grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road. Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, followed by burial in Mt. Royal Cemetery in Shaler.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.