Bernard Mathew, 93
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Bernard Mathew, 93, of Wolcott, died on January 30, 2013, at White Oak Health Campus, of Monticello.
He was born on January 6, 1920, in Wolcott to the late Adeline (Bergeron) Mathew and Arthur Mathew. He was the second oldest of eleven siblings. He married Betty Jane Barnard on February 16, 1942, in Templeton at the Barnard Family Farm, but late in life was divorced. He had lived his entire life on the farm in Wolcott.
Bernie started farming with his dad at a very young age. He was a dairy man and farmed in White County all his life. Up until five years ago, he had helped his son Rex work the fields in the fall. Farming was his life and his purpose.
He followed the markets, weather, and was always giving advice. He was a living almanac and was from old school and proud of it. He enjoyed social hours with his friends and visiting the local truck stop for coffee and making small talk with passing truckers. Bernie was very independent.
He was a member of the Remington Sacred Heart and passed away to be with God in good graces with family close to him.
Surviving are four children, Carol Germek Bergeron, of Alabama, Ron (wife: Betty) Mathew, of Cleghorn, Iowa, Rex (wife: Kathy) Mathew, of Wolcott; daughter-in-law, Barb Mathew, of Monticello; a dear friend, Loma Deno, of Remington; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, Izzy, of Brownsburg, Texas; Phil (companion: Connie Jeffers) Mathew, of Chalmers; Orville (wife: Dorothy), of Wolcott; Vernon (wife: Sharon) Mathew, of Fort Wayne; sisters, Alice (husband: Joe) Schillis, of Nashville, Tenn.; Mable Hendryx, of Brookston; Grace (husband: Red) Oilar, of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sandra; a son, Greg Mathew, MD; brothers, Robert and Louis Mathew; and a sister, Martha Jackson.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 1, 2013, at Remington Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Remington; Father Dave to officiate. Interment to follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery followed by a funeral dinner for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church or the Cemetery Foundation.
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013