Brian Mroczka

Obituary of Brian Mroczka

Brian "Bryen" Mroczka, 50, of Mayfield, PA, entered into eternal life on January 22, 2022 at home. His brother, Paul trimmed back the bush blocking the window in the room where he was resting, Brian breathed his last breath with his eyes on the blue skies and sun shining in. In his final days, he was surrounded and celebrated by loved ones. In his passing, he has left an enormous void in the lives of those close to him and will be dearly missed, though his loved ones take solace in the knowledge that he is at peace and free from the bounds of this world.

He is survived by parents, Joseph and Jennie Mroczka; brothers, Paul and Joseph Vincent; sister, Marlene Daniels (Beanie); sister-in-law, Barb Mroczka; nieces, Sara Mroczka (Sar-bear) and husband, Zachary Boniello, Ashley Daniels (Boo-bear) and Alyssa Daniels (Sunshine); nephew, Vincent Mroczka (Vincenzo); great-nieces and nephew, Serenitee, Maliyah and RJ; and his life-long friend to the end, Rachel Rowe.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Rexford and Jennie Collins, his aunt, Caroline "Carrie" Prybicien, his paternal grandparents, Peter and Stella Mroczka; his best friend and chosen brother, Jeff Perri; and his beloved dogs, Gemini, Ciroc and Brooklyn.

Fiercely independent and free-spirited, Brian marched to the beat of his own drum and was truly one-of-a-kind. Described by his 7-year-old great-niece, Ren Ren, as "nice, kind and really happy," he was absolutely full of life and passion, and loved to grin (showing off his beautiful smile) and laugh, a laugh that will echo indelibly in the minds of those who loved him. He had the gift to gab, a trait he shared with his father, and could make fast friends with just about anyone. He saw the good in everyone almost to a fault, was immensely compassionate and generous, and would genuinely give you the shirt off his back. Authentic and soulful (to borrow a favorite word he used frequently), he led with his heart and wore it on his sleeve with pride. Reliable, he could always be counted on to be there when someone needed him, whether for a middle of the night conversation, advice, help fixing something, a school/art project, or moonlighting as a taxi cab driver for family and friends. He never missed the chance to tell you he loved you; he did so often and as a reminder. Having no children of his own, he was always so proud and supportive of his nieces and nephews and made sure you knew it.

Brian loved music, dancing, cooking, and grew up helping his mother in the kitchen where they would indulge in all three pleasures together. He was her "buddy", and she was, affectionately, his "mamasan". To his mother, her son reminded her of a father she knew a great deal about but never had the chance to know in life, as he passed before her birth. Like her father would pick wildflowers for his wife when he was alive, Brian would pick wildflowers for his mother. He adored nature and loved fishing with his father and siblings. His father also took him deer hunting as a child, but he couldn't bear to hurt the deer. A gifted and prolific artist, he expressed his talents through various mediums, and eloquently articulated thoughts and emotions through poetry and prose. He shared and imparted his love of music, dancing, art and poetry on his nieces and nephews. He played personal hairdresser and stylist to many of his family, particularly his mother, whom he inadvertently left badly in need of a haircut as she told him. He had a strong wanderlust and loved traveling to both new and favorite places, even driving cross-country to California once with his best friend, Jeff. He was beyond thrilled to have recently bought what he called his dream car, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, that he would have undoubtedly taken on many impromptu road trips.

Above all, and through many personal struggles and suffering, Brian maintained an unshakeable and unwavering faith and relationship with God, which he spoke constantly of. Even when he could barely walk due to pain from injuries, you could find him in the front pew at church engrossed in the Word and ritual of Mass. At the end of this life, he followed his guardian angel into the Light.

Brian's mother would personally like to thank all of the doctors, nurses and staff at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, who took such good care of her son. Special thanks to Dr. Finnerty, who treated Brian in the emergency room and showed great care and compassion, and to Dr. Mateja Jovanovic for his heartfelt concern and consideration in keeping her personally informed regarding Brian's condition and treatment. Jennie would also like to extend her gratitude to Dr. Nicholls and her team at Allied Hospice, especially Brian's nurses, Jonathan and Samantha, who went far and beyond in their roles. Thanks to aide, Nicole, as well as on-call nurse, Kelly, who assisted the family in setting everything up for Brian's at-home care. Jennie would further like to acknowledge Allied social worker, Joyce Wizda, for her incredible kindness and compassion and the chaplain, Gerlin Valencia, who so graciously visited Brian in his last days, prayed for him, and gave his soul comfort and guidance.

A private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale, PA.

Arrangements are under the care of the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Carbondale, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate any contribution to assist with funeral costs.

Bryen, do not forget, "I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)." We are all carrying your heart.

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Final Resting Place

Our Mother Of Sorrows Cemetery
400 State Route 106
Greenfield Township, Pennsylvania, United States
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