Ronald R. Vass

November 5, 1951 ~ September 19, 2021 (age 69)


Canfield – A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church in Boardman for  Ronald R. {PaPa) Vass.  Ron passed peacefully at home after his brave fight with pancreatic cancer on Sunday September 19, 2021.He was surrounded by love and prayers while those that he loved most were by his side.

Friends and family may call at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers on Wednesday September 22, 2021 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and also on Thursday at the Church from 10:00 to 10:45 am.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and John as well as his loving wife Dianne. He is now dancing in heaven with his beautiful bride again. What a joy that must be.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Teresa (Blasko) Vass who gave him a second chance at love, “his Tres”.  He son Pete (Mimi) Vass whom he loved very much, “his papa”; his daughter,  Nicole (Pete) Haas who was the apple of his eye, “his tootsie”.  His son Christopher (Erica) Vass,  who was his sidekick, “his little fireman Christopher”. He was blessed with ten amazing grandchildren whom he lived to spend time with: Delaney, Bennett and Mira Vass, Pete, Ronnie, Rocco and Vincent Haas, and Christopher Jr., Patrick and   Michael  Vass. His siblings,  Johnny Vass and his sister Mary Ann (Albert) Schmalzried and countless nieces and nephews.

Ron attended St. Nicholas School (this is where he met his best friend in 1st grade, Frank Mascola), Struthers High School and held a master’s degree from Youngstown State University. His career was spent as a safety director in the trucking industry. He worked for Bethel Transport, B-Right Trucking, and Dart Trucking. He was also a mental health counselor with Valley Counseling. His work ethic was unmatched and he set a wonderful example in how he took amazing care of his family. Papa Ron was a special man. There may never ever be someone quite like him. His faith in God guided his life. He attended daily mass and loved to attend adoration. He showed his entire family what living a faith filled life meant. We are all better people because we had the opportunity to be loved by one of the best! When you think of Ron “Papa” Vass, here is what we want you to think of, sitting countless hours at the ball fields with a smile on his face cheering on all the kids. Holding his grandchildren and giving them the sign of the cross on their backs and saying, “Jesus bless you”.  Smiling as he talks with his children because he loved them more than life.  Laughing with his wife because they were best  friends.  LOVE: We want you to think of love because that is what he showed on a daily basis. He was the purest type of love and it was unconditional. Live each day to the absolute fullest, and no matter what you do always, ”Fight Like a Vass”.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Carmstrong Foundation 1355 Meadowood Circle Youngstown, Ohio 44514. Let’s help end the battle with pancreatic cancer

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September 22, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Clemente Funeral Home Struthers
700 Fifth Street
Struthers, Ohio 44471

September 23, 2021

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

Boardman, Ohio 44512

Mass of Christian Burial
September 23, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church

Boardman, Ohio 44512


Carmstrong Foundation
1355 Meadowood Circle, Youngstown OH 44514

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