Michael Paul Vasas

Birth Date: 
Monday, October 11, 1937
Date of Passing: 
Friday, December 21, 2018

WOOSTER – Michael Paul Vasas, 81, of Wooster passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 at his home.

He was born October 11, 1937 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the son of Michael, Jr. and Stella Demczenski Vasas.  He married Shirley Arlene Stout on June 24, 1960.  She preceded him in death on November 12, 2016.

He was the Director of Pharmacy at the Apple Creek Developmental Center and the weekend director at Ashland Samaritan Hospital.  Michael was also the author of “A History of Wayne County High School Football from 1899 to 1988”, a Trustee of the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame, was a long-time youth baseball coach and he organized and help run various baseball leagues in the area.  He was also a Div. I tennis player at Duquesne University, helped coach Wooster High School’s first tennis team and was an umpire and a basketball official.

He loved high school football and basketball, enjoyed traveling and reading, was a train enthusiast and was an avid game board player.

Surviving are his children, Michele L. (Russell) Hall of Orrville and Stephen M. (Becky Thorne) Vasas of Wooster; grandchildren, James D. Silvey III, Morgan M. Vasas and Marietje Thorne Vasas and a sister, Joan Verner of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his wife, Shirley, he was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Stephanie Vasas in 2010 and a sister, Patricia Gracon.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dan Wingate officiating.  Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd., Seville.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Wayne Co. Sports Hall of Fame, 212 E. Liberty St., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Visitation: 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 6-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Service: 

Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home

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Very sorry to hear of mike's passing. We worked a lot for Wayne County Hot Stove. I have many fond memories of our times together, especially coaching.

I worked with Mike at ACDC...Fine fellow.Deepest Sympathy to the family & friends.Peace to your hearts.

I'm so sad about this. Mike was the BEST boss I ever had. I could listen to his stories all day long. He will be missed I know by his kids. Hold on to your memories.

I worked with Mike many years ago when I first started working at Gray Drug. I have any great memories! My condolences and prayers to his family.

I worked for Mike many years ago when I frirst started working at Gray Drug Store. I have lots of great memories of Mike My condolences and prayers go out to his family.

I knew Mike from summer baseball coaching as far back as 1982. I coached the Smithville teams for several years under the Zephyrs weight club banner and the last few years helping with the Orrville summer teams. Great guy as pleasant a man as I ever knew. Condolences to family.

Worked with him at ACDC. Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort for All.

Mike and I are cousins, growing up together in Beaver Falls, Pa. His father and my mother were brother and sister. When we were young all of the aunts , uncles and grandchildren would gather at our grandmothers and there was usually a ballgame or other games that we would all participate in. My prayers go out to his children and grandchildren. Keep the good memories.

How very sad to hear the news of Michael your Fathers passing....Michael and I go back to child hood days, as we lived a half a Block from one another.....A lot of fun memories....My deepest Sympathy goes out to all of your Family....He will be Missed.......Marcia Vallecorsa

My wonderful brother. I will cherish our last four hour phone call. His loves: his wife, Shirley, good food, his birth state of Pennsylvania and his home state of Ohio, sports of all kinds, trains, games, long walks, exploring anywhere and anything, telling great stories and above all else his love for his family. Peace be to you my brother, Michael.

My wonderful brother. I will cherish our last four hour phone call. His loves: his wife, Shirley, good food, his birth state of Pennsylvania and his home state of Ohio, sports of all kinds, trains, games, long walks, exploring anywhere and anything, telling great stories and above all else his love for his family. Peace be to you my brother, Michael.

So sorry for your loss. Mike gave me 26 years of Pharmacy memories at ACDC

Michele, I am so deeply sorry to hear this news. Sending love and prayers to you.

I first met Mike in the mid 1950's when I was a stock clerk after school, WHS Class of 58. Gray Drug was then located in the College Shopping Center,later removed, & Gray Drug was relocated downtown to Liberty St. adjacent to the Square. Mike & I became good friends & remained so until I moved from Wooster in late 1962 to attend & graduate from Ashland College, Class of 65.

Mike indeed truly enjoyed playing board games. We use to play the legendary APBA Baseball board game for hours if not days on end. APBA Game Company was founded in 1951 & includes a number of other sports in addition to Baseball which Mike truly loved. With today's technology APBA Baseball & other games, golf,football, etc,are literally enjoyed by millions from around the world.

I had an opportunity to speak briefly with Mike a few years ago, & it brought back many wonderful memories. He was a wonderful person & I will always be proud that I was his friend.

Words are the wonderful tools of communication, and, in the hands of those skilled in their usage, they can bring peace, comfort, & perspective even in a time as this. A friend of James Allen, author of "As A Man Thinketh" once wrote, "He overawed us all a little because of his appearance, his gentle conversation,and especially because he went out to commune with God on the hills before dawn." He wrote:

"Tempest -tossed souls, wherever you may be, under whatever conditions you may live, know this-in the ocean of life the isles of blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming....."

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