TULSA, OKLA - Edward Garasic, 84, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at his home at Prairie Rose in Tulsa.
Edward was born Sept. 8, 1933, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank and Barbara Novosel Garasic, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1951, where he played football and baseball.
Ed retired from Youngstown’s Waste Water Treatment Plant after 36 years with the Department. He was a charter member of the plant’s United Steelworkers Union No. 6897, where he held the offices of President, Vice-President, and Recording Secretary.
He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he served as a councilman and usher for many years, and he was a member of the Men’s Holy Name Society. He was a member and trustee of the American Croatian Citizens’ Club, and was involved in the Catholic Sokols No. 108, and C.F.U. St. George’s Lodge No. 66.
A very active ballplayer, Ed played baseball for, and managed the Youngstown Old-Timers team. He managed the Niles Seniors team (50+), and also played in Class B ball for Brown Drugs. He played fast-pitch softball for General Fireproofing, Local No. 1331, and for Hillcrest Tavern. Ed also played slow-pitch for the A.C.C. Club, the Lansingville Sportmen’s Club, and Farmer's Pride, which he also managed. He was an active member and was honored by the Greater-Youngstown Old-Timers Association, where he held the office of President, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1994.
In 1986, Ed was awarded by the State of Ohio the A.A.B.C. Award for his service and dedication to Connie Mack Baseball. Ed was also honored by the Curbstone Coaches where he was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2008. In addition to being a loyal and devoted baseball fan, his other sporting interest was bowling. As an avid bowler, he bowled in the G.F. League, the Sokols League, and the Triple "A" at the former Gran Lanes where he was secretary for 22 years. He was honored by being selected Secretary of the Year in 1990 by the Youngstown Bowling Association.
After he moved to Tulsa, Ed was a member and volunteer with St. Anne Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., and Church of St. Mary in Tulsa.
Ed leaves his wife, Loretta Haring Garasic; his daughter, Laura Dubos; his son, Glenn (Krista) Garasic; three grandchildren, Adam Dubos, Jacqueline (Jeremy) McGrath, and Anna (Nathan) Ott; three great-grandchildren, Landon McGrath, Oliver McGrath, and Olivia McGrath; and many nieces and nephews.
Ed was preceded in death by sisters, Diane Martin, Barbara Kish, Agnes Bednar, and Catherine Badovinac; brothers, George Garasic and Steve Garasic; and his son-in-law, Peter C. Dubos, who was his daughter Laura’s husband.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Church of St. Mary, in Tulsa.
Locally, a Memorial Mass will take place on Monday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 421 Covington St., in Youngstown.