Fred Matvias, 91, of South Avenue, formerly of Sheffield and Rome, N.Y., passed away (Jan. 8, 2016) at St Mary's Asbury Ridge in Erie.
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Born May 5, 1924, in Ludlow, he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Kowal Matwijec.
On May 4, 1946, in St. Bernard Church, before the Rev. Joseph Shakely, pastor of St. Michael's Byzantine Rite, he married Mary Hvizdzak Matvias, who died on June 21, 1992.
Mr. Matvias was a 1942 graduate of Rome Free Academy in Rome, N.Y.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. He was a member of the 15th Bomb Group, which was part of the U.S. Army Air Force during the war. He was stationed in North Africa and later in Italy. He was a flight engineer and a top turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He flew 52 combat missions over Europe.
He had been employed in the Research Lab at Kendall Refining for 42 years, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of St. Bernard Church and a former member of St. Michael's Byzantine Rite in Sheffield. He was a member 99th Bomb Group Historical Association, the American Legion, AARP, former member and secretary of the Anthonian Men's Club in Lewis Run, and former vice president of the Church Council of St. Michael's.
Surviving are three children, two daughters, Andrea (Terry) Hartlieb of Fort Collins, Colo., and Joanne (Dr. John) Edmunds of Lenoir, N.C.; one son, Dr. Fredrick M.(Mary) Matvias of Troy, Mich.; one brother, Myron Matwijec of Lakeland, Fla.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one daughter, Mary Ann Matvias in 1954; three sisters, Mary Zuk, Anastasia Swistak and Veronica Witt; and two brothers, Walter and Paul Matwijec.
Family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St. Friends are also invited to attend Parakhida services at 9 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral of Divine Liturgy in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. David Bosnich, pastor of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church in Sheffield, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bernard Cemetery. On Wednesday, the Rev. Bosnich will conduct a Parastas Service at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Bernard Elementary School, 450 West Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701; the Susan K. Ryan Memorial Fund, c/o Bradford Hospital Foundation, 116 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA 16701; or a
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 11 to Jan. 18, 2016