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Mike Mauro, 37, “the man of steel” died after a short illness Saturday, August 11, 2007 at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He fought a courageous, 30-year battle with a severe, yet unknown form of muscular dystrophy.

Mike was born June 20, 1970 in Amherst, OH, the son of Michael and Emmy (McConnell) Mauro, Sr. and had been a lifelong area resident.

He was formerly employed in the grounds keeping department of P.M. Maintenance and Construction in Ashtabula.

A very giving person, he invited many close cousins and friends to share his home.

Mike was a lifelong member of Kingsville Baptist Church and had several hobbies and interest. Music was an especially important part of his life. An avid internet surfer for the past 10 years, he enjoyed MySpace and Ebay. He worshipped the Pittsburgh Steelers and was a huge fan of professional wrestling.

Mike loved Superman ever since he was a little boy and gained inspiration from Christopher Reeve as well, following his progress as he fought to rehab from a spinal cord injury.

Mike is survived by a large group of family and friends. At his home in N. Kingsville, he resided with his trusty canine companion, Taz. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Nichole (John) Engelmann and Tia (Nick) Rhodes, nephews, Gion and Jager Engelmann, and a niece MaKenna Rhodes, all of North Kingsville; grandparents, Pete and Shirley Mauro of Ashtabula, Alma (Forde) McConnell-Page of N. Kingsville; several aunts, uncles, and cousins (who often called him “Mikey”); and special friends, Mary Jane Thompson and Joyce Winters.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Woodrow V. McConnell.

A service will be held 10 AM Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at the First Baptist Church, 6003 SR 193, Kingsville, OH. Rev. David Hines, Pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, N. Kingsville.

Calling hours will be at the church Monday, August 13, 2007 from 6 to 9 PM.

Contributions may be made to the family.

Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements. Available at www.ducro.com.

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