Joseph J. Matusek

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Nov. 16, 2012

Joseph J. Matusek, 86, of Mocanaqua, passed on into eternity Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Our beloved Lord and Savior called Joe home to everlasting peace.

Born in Mocanaqua, he was a son of the late Joseph and Kathryn (Spernoga) Matusek.

During World War II, at 17 years of age, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was attached to the sixth Marines. He served in the Okinawa campaign, which was the longest battle in the Pacific. He was always very proud of his service in the Marine Corps. After he returned home, he received his high school diploma.

He was a lifetime member of the Mocanaqua VFW Post 6434, the Mocanaqua Sporting Club and the Polish Falcons, Nest 163. He was a member of the former Ascension Catholic Church, Mocanaqua, and its Holy Name Society. He was a school bus driver from 1956 for Matusek, Wasilko and Kabata bus lines, and also worked in the family grocery business, Matusek's Market. He lived for his family, especially his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His true love was playing baseball with his great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Catherine Matusek, Ann (Matusek) Mitros, Mary Matusek, and Irene Matusek; and brother, Frank Matusek.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth (Billy) Matusek, are two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Kathy) Bartkiewicz, Hunlock Creek, Mrs. Daniel (Mary Beth) Elliott, Virginia; two granddaughters, Christa and Rachel Bartkiewicz; four great-grandchildren, Joey, Jake, Elizabeth, Cory; and his beloved brother, John Matusek.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary's Church, Mocanaqua at 11 a.m. with his pastor, the Rev. Donald Williams, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Military services will be provided by American Legion Post 495 of Shickshinny. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 9 p.m.

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Published in Times Leader on Nov. 18, 2012
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