Joseph J. Matusek

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 life member of the Mocanaqua Veterans of Foreign Wars, 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 by Matusek, Wasilko, and Kabata bus lines. He 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; and Mrs. Daniel (Mary Beth) Elliott, Va.; two granddaughters, Christa and Rachel Bartkiewicz; four great-grandchildren, Joey, Jake, Elizabeth and Cory; and his beloved brother, John Matusek.

Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary's Church, Mocanaqua, 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 from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday.

For additional information, or to send condolences, please visit www.mayofh.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 19, 2012