MIZE, Helen

In Memorial

Helen MIZE, Age 88.  Beloved wife of the late John William, Sr.  Dearest mother of Dr. John, Jr. and Timothy J.  Daughter of the late Rose Arnold and step-daughter of the late Percy Arnold.  Dear sister of the following deceased: Eleanor Moran and Ruth Bouse.  Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

Helen was a 1943 graduate of Notre Dame High School, a 1947 graduate of Notre Dame College, B.A. Ed., and a 1967 graduate of Kent State University, M. Ed.  Mrs. Mize taught in the Cleveland Public Schools from 1947-1951, and was a teacher and elementary school principal in the Parma Public Schools from 1959-1998. 

Mass of Christian Burial, Monday, October 21 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget of Kildare Parish, Parma.  Private interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  VISITATION AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD., PARMA (between Ridge and Snow), SUNDAY FROM 2-6 p.m. 

To offer online condolences, please visit www.ZaborFH.com 

Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Offer Condolence for the family of MIZE, Helen

Messages of Condolence

  1. Delilah Orne on October 17th, 2013 3:07 pm

    My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of one of the most warm, kind, and caring people, who graced this world. She was always giving of her heart and time. Her dedication to her students and staff, was limitless. She will be sorely missed, but eternally loved.

  2. Kimberly Hau Frey on October 18th, 2013 11:32 am

    Mrs. Mize was one of the most amazing women I have had the privilege of knowing. She was always steadfast, fair, and a strong leader. I will always have fond memories of her.

  3. william darden on October 18th, 2013 2:43 pm

    Ms. Mize was so influential to me in elemetary. Me and my sister was the only black kids in the whole school at that time and she never treated any different than any othet student. Rest in peace knowing u touched so many people.

  4. Amber Kucinich - Gonzalez on October 18th, 2013 2:52 pm

    Mrs. Mize was my principal at Thoreau Park in the 80s-90s. She was a great leader who was fair. As an adult now I can see how much she loved her career and the kids. She will be missed and remembered forever.

  5. judy speck on October 18th, 2013 3:06 pm

    what a privilege to know such a wonderful person,she was the best ,no one has ever filled her shoes,or will .respected by all who knew her,fair to all the children she PROTECTED,the world was a better place with her,rest i peace helen,you will surely be missed,but your visions for the children goes on,thank-you for all you have done for my children in your years at thoreau park…….

  6. Erin Quinn on October 18th, 2013 4:09 pm

    Mrs. Mize was such an amazing person. She was my principal from kindergarten till 6th grade. She made such an impact on many students. She will always be in my heart and thoughts. She will be missed.

  7. Mary Bonness on October 18th, 2013 4:15 pm

    Mrs Mize was such a strong supporter of children. She was tough when she needed to be and always fair. Her support of the PTA Scholarship Geranium Sale was legendary. Rest in Peace Mrs. Mize

  8. Norma Sovel on October 18th, 2013 4:30 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the family. Beautiful memories of a fine lady who I met through the years at Thoreau Park School.

  9. Lisa Adkins on October 18th, 2013 4:37 pm

    Mrs. Mize was one of the best principals I have ever known. She was both fair and strict and a student didn’t dare cross her. Somehow, she knew each and every one of her students, even years later. You will greatly be missed by those you impacted.

  10. Erin Maynard Fisher on October 18th, 2013 7:57 pm

    Mrs. Mize left a wonderful impression on me in the 3 years she was my principal at Thoreau Park. Her ability to remember names for years is still astounding. I am sorry for your loss.

  11. Josh Gatka (PSH '04) on October 18th, 2013 8:59 pm

    She knew all of her students by name, and cared about each one of us. We all learned something from her, and some of those lessons are things that can’t be found in textbooks, like courtesy and respect. I’ll be holding a private moment of silence (with 2 fingers in the air, of course) this weekend, in memory of the greatest principal Thoreau Park will ever have. My sincerest condolences to her family.

  12. Chip Hautala on October 19th, 2013 9:54 am

    Mrs. Mize is one of the people you’ll remember as long as you live. She really cared about the children in her charge and remembered us long after we went separate ways.

    She made so many lives better because of her dedication to us.

  13. Pat Poldruhi on October 19th, 2013 8:39 pm

    Two of my children 12 years apart had her for principal in elementary school. All 3 of us have very fond memories of her. She was amazing her memory was incredible. She also told me a funny story about how when one of her sons went off to college he hadn’t taken many things with him. When picking him up 4 years later she looked around, seeing all that had accumulated said to her husband John, you need to go and rent a U-Haul!

  14. Matthew Ellison on October 20th, 2013 10:30 am

    RIP Mrs. Mize! It had been a long time since I was a student at Thoreau Park I still tell stories of the things Mrs. Mize use to say and do. She remembered me and my cousins by name years after we were gone. As tough a lady as she was she is the reason a lot of people of my generation grew up to respect not only our elders but the people around us in our day to day to lives. Thank you!!

    Matthew Ellison

  15. Diane Downie on October 20th, 2013 11:45 am

    Mrs. Mize was a wonderful caring, strong and fair women. She was my children’s Principal at Thoreau Park and everyone loved and respected her. Her door was always open. She treated her students strongly and firmly and my children are better adults because of her. She knew every child’s name and also their parents. We occasionally would see her at Parmatown walking and she still remembered us. She was truly one of a kind. Rest in Peace Mrs. Mize you deserve it.

  16. Jackie Ditty on October 20th, 2013 11:55 am

    Mrs. Mize was a great women and leader she was my principle and I can say she never forgot a face. I went to the school in 1995 and I walked in and she knew who I was after all those years. She will be missed. God bless my prayers go out to her family.

  17. Jack and Deb Roberts on October 20th, 2013 1:03 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Mrs. Mize’s family. We worked with Helen in the Parma City Schools where she will always be remembered as a competent and compassionate principal. May she rest in peace.

  18. Margaret Beckman on October 20th, 2013 1:28 pm

    Helen Mize was one dynamic woman. I worked with her at Thoreau Park. She could move from one end of the school to the other in record time! The children always came first to her. I have many fond memories… She addressed everyone with respect, knew their names and everyone in the family!! The world could use more educators like her.

  19. Judi Pavisich on October 20th, 2013 4:20 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all of you. She was my son’s principal at Thoreau Park (Jeff Hassel), he had a learning disability, and she was always in his corner and helping him out. I would often see her at the bank and she always asked about him, even after he graduated from high school. I drove a Parma school bus for 33 years, just retiring on Oct.1,. She knew the names of every child under her care and loved them all. She will be greatly missed. My Prayers are with you all.

  20. A former student on October 20th, 2013 7:19 pm

    Mrs. Mize was an amazing woman. She knew how to keep all the students at Thoreau Park in line and did so with grace. She is one of the most respected people I have come across in my life. She took the time to know each student in that school, and sign every report card. I will never forget her standing at the microphone durning lunch, tying
    my hood up after I came back to school from an illness, or taking money for the haunted house. I will remember her with nothing but find loving memories. I know a lot of “kids” are doing the same. What a women! I am honored to have had her in my life.

  21. Sabrina McQue rry on October 20th, 2013 8:26 pm

    Prayers for the family. Mrs. Mize was my principal at Thoreau Park Elementary from 1985-1988. She was a very kind woman.

  22. David on October 21st, 2013 12:14 pm

    Mrs. Mize was an important academic figure during my early school years at Thoreau Park. One of the real, true, educators. It was a privelage being a student of her’s.

    Prayers and Peace.

  23. Lisa Klubnik on October 21st, 2013 8:39 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of Mrs Mize. I call her that because she was the principal of my school when I was in Thoreau Park and continued to be the principal when my two children attened Thoreau Park. She never forgot me or my children. When I seen her later in life she asked me how my children were and actually knew them by name. What a wonderful woman and an amazing principal she was. my heart goes out to all of the family for the loss of a beautiful person.

  24. Laura C. Hoffman on October 22nd, 2013 10:10 am

    I was blessed and honored to be a student at Thoreau Park Elementary School while Mrs. Mize was principal. I was only there for 2 years but I have always remembered this very special woman with fondness and a smile. SImilar to others, I remember running into Mrs. Mize with my Mom a few years ago at Parmatown Mall. She greeted us with warmth and happiness and it always meant a great deal to me to have her support and encouragement. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who loved her dearly during this difficult time. Heaven has received an angel.

  25. Theresa Zannoni on October 22nd, 2013 3:53 pm

    What a wonderful person the world has lost in the passing of Helen Mize. Mrs. Mize was my “boss” at Thoreau Park for 3 years…I have worked with many administrators, but no one that worked as hard as she did. She was so support ive of the staff, as though we were her children, and she knew everyone’s name in the entire school as well as their family members. My most vivid memory: Mrs. Mize in a full-length black sable coat ushering in the choir students for me on a freezing cold morning. I will always remember her – We were blessed to have known her.

  26. Jimmy Gilbride on November 18th, 2013 2:17 am

    I was a student at Thoreau Park Elementary. Mrs. Mize was my principle. Even though many times throughout K-6th I was bullied by many students. Mrs. Mize always tried to be understanding with me. Now looking back Mrs. Mize most likely saved my life she was the mother/father that was absent in my life as a young man. I hope the people who recognize my name in these posts realize this. God Bless you Mrs. Mize your example strengthen and helped me through the toughest parts of life.

  27. Shandra on December 1st, 2013 11:28 pm

    Mrs. Mize was our principal at Thoureau park for years with my family and friends she kept that school in shape for sure She was great at her job and she will be missed we love you mrs mize

  28. Matt on May 27th, 2014 9:40 am

    RIP Mrs. Mize.

    Pearl Road School was not the same without you. you were very kind to myself and my family.

    My sympathies to the family.

Please share your thoughts ...