Joseph Mattias

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Mr. Joseph Mattias, 88, a resident of Wilkes-Barre Twp., passed into eternal life early Thursday morning, Jan. 10, 2019, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a recent illness with his beloved wife, Alma, by his side.

Born in the Newtown section of Hanover Twp., he was a son to the late Andrew and Mary Balla Mattias. Educated in the Hanover Twp. schools, he was a member of the 1949 graduating class of the former Hanover High School.

Following his formal education, in 1950 Mr. Mattias joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He was eventually called to active duty, proudly serving our country during the Korean Conflict and later the Vietnam War, being stationed in Japan. Joseph attained the rank of technical sergeant upon the time of his honorable discharge from military duties on May 24, 1970.

Following his return home, Mr. Mattias was previously employed with the former Craft Associates in Plains Twp. as an upholsterer. He later worked as a data entry transcriber for the local office of the Social Security Administration in Wilkes-Barre.

Until his retirement in 1992, he most recently worked as a supply clerk for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Twp.

He and his beloved wife, the former Alma Minnick, shared 49 years of married life together.

He was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Joseph's professional and fraternal involvement include membership in N.A.R.F.E., the National Association of Retired Federal Employees; was a life member at Post 644 of the American Legion, Swoyersville; and was also a member of the Irem Temple Shriners.

He is remembered by those who knew and loved him for his gentle spirit and the many jokes he would share to brighten the days of those he came in contact with.

Mr. Mattias was preceded in death by brothers, Andrew and John Mattias, and sisters, Mrs. Susan Tyburski, Mrs. Ann Malmberg and Mrs. Helen Wiernusz.

Left to hold his memory dear, in addition to his wife, Alma, at home, are several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services for Joseph will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday from the Wilkes-Barre Heights location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 281 E. Northampton St. His pastor, the Rev. Peter J. Haenftling, of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, will serve as celebrant.

Interment with prayers of committal will take place in Maple Hill Cemetery, 68 St. Mary's Road, Hanover Twp., where military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force.

Relatives and friends may join Mrs. Mattias and her family from 9:30 a.m. until the services on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of floral tributes, Joe's family would be humbled if those wishing to make a monetary donation in his memory kindly consider the charity of their own choosing.

To send Mrs. Mattias and her family words of comfort, perhaps a fond memory of Joseph, please visit our family's website at


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281 E Northampton St.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 12, 2019
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