MOUNT VERNON — Roman Majerczak, 83, of Briar Wood Drive, Mount Vernon, formerly of Wooster and Alpine Lake in Terra Alta, W.Va., passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
He was born March 11, 1926, in Cleveland to the late Jacob and Rose (Glutz) Majerczak. Roman served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was wounded while serving in Iwo Jima and received the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. He earned a BS degree in education from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware and a master’s degree in education from Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Roman retired in 1988 after 35 years of teaching in the Wooster City School system. He coached football for 54 years and his 1960 team remains the only undefeated team in Wooster High School history. He also coached wrestling and served as the athletic director for 21 years at Wooster High School. He is a member of the Wooster High School Hall of Fame and the Ohio High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
Roman was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. For 21 years, Roman served as a summer camp counselor at Red Raider Camp in Geauga County and loved spending time doing outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. He volunteered as a reader for elementary schools and generously donated to those in need.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Rosella (Schweizer) Majerczak; a son, Bill Majerczak of Watsonville, Calif.; a daughter, Doris Majerczak of Mount Vernon; two grandchildren, Jacob and Joshua Majerczak; a brother, Mike (Marilyn) Major of Dothan, Ala.; and a sister, Olga (Gus) Coniglio of Westlake.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Wooster. A luncheon at the church will follow the memorial service. Burial with military honors will follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens near Wooster.
An additional memorial service will be held Sunday, July 12, at 4 p.m. at the Alpine Lake boathouse. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, is honored to serve the family of Roman Majerczak.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alpine Lake Scholarship Fund, in care of, David White, 700 West Alpine Drive, Terra Alta, WV 26764. This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.