Mary F. Zapotoczny Matzel, 94, of Wilkes-Barre, a beautiful woman, like a beautiful rose, she was picked by the Lord, the world's gardener, on Saturday, March 29, 2014, to be placed in his kingdom.
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Born in Bethlehem on Dec. 15, 1919, she was the daughter to the late Karol and Tekla Daniecka Zapotoczny. In her childhood, her family relocated to the Wyoming Valley. Mary attended local schools and was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Class of 1937.
In 1941, she married Adam Matzel, just before he left for the war. Upon his returning home, Mary became a homemaker caring for their six children. Mary and Adam had a beautiful life raising their children and watching their families grow. Mary lost Adam on Sept. 26, 1998. Together they celebrated 57 years of marriage.
Throughout her children's lives, Mary was involved in the St. John Evangelis school PTA, were she was an officer; the North End Little League Association, where she helped with the annual bingo; and she was a Cub Scout den mother for the local Boy Scout group.
Mary's hobbies were spending time in her garden growing vegetables, plants, and her peach trees. She loved to watch "Jeopardy" and answering all the questions. She enjoyed Scrabble and cryptograms and playing pinochle with her family. In her later years, she loved to spend time sharing her wisdom and guidance with her grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Adam; daughter, Carole McCoy; and brother, Anthony Zapotoczny.
Mary is survived by her son, Robert and his wife, Gail, Harveys Lake; daughter, Geri Matzel Langdon, Plains Township; son, Richard and his wife, Kathleen, Friendship, Md.; daughter, June Januszko, Dupont; daughter, Evelyn Matzel, Pittston; brother, Stanley Zapotoczny, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Stephanie Sepela, Wilkes-Barre; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Family and friends may call at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be in Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Plains Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for the future care of Mary's daughter, Evelyn, who is disabled.
The family would like to thank Celtic Home Care and Celtic Hospice for the loving care they provided their mother.
Mary's arrangements are in the care of Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., Plains Township.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2014
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