Thomas Lee Matthews

Died: Sept. 18, 2013

ST. CHARLES – Thomas Lee Matthews, age 71, of St. Charles, died Sept. 18, 2013, after a long illness.

Tom was born in 1942 in Berwyn, to Frederick George Matthews and Helen Elizabeth Anderle Matthews, and was always proud of his English and Czech heritage. He graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in 1959 and studied mathematics at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he graduated with honors in 1965, and became a lifelong fan of the Illini football team.

After college, Tom worked for Western Electric/Lucent Technologies for 44 years. While working there, he was "set up" on a blind date with another Western Electric employee, Kathy Kahler Matthews, whom he married in 1968. He was the proud father of daughter Sarah Elizabeth, and baby granddaughter Cirenya Nicole was the apple of his eye.

Tom was an avid golf player and a charter member of the Pine Hollow Athletic Club. He also loved to fish and attend art exhibits. He was a passionate and curious reader, especially on the subject of local history. Tom also enjoyed unusual clocks and trees, as well as antique fire trucks and maps. He was also a lifelong music lover: a long-time bass in the choir of St. Patrick Church in St. Charles, and for the last 15 years a devoted volunteer for the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Tom is survived by his wife Kathy, daughter Sarah Jacobs (Trent), granddaughter Cirenya Jacobs, brothers Fred and Mike (Sue), and sister Pat Calvert, as well as many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 6508, Elgin, IL 60121-6508.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Moss Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third St., St. Charles, as well as 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, preceding the service.

For additional information, please contact the Moss-Norris Funeral Home in St. Charles at 630-584-2000 or

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(630) 584-2000
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Sept. 25, 2013