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Ernest Ernie Matus, 87, of Bethlehem, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Country Meadows. He was the husband of Patricia Ann (Ritz) Matus who died in 1994. Born in Fountain Hill, he was the son of the late Bela and Fannie (Boldissar) Matus. A 1943 graduate of Bethlehem Technical High School, he received a B.S. from East Stroudsburg University in 1950 and a Masters degree from Lehigh University in 1953. He served in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Matus began his teaching career in Whitney Point, NY, before moving to the Bethlehem Area School District where he taught at Franklin Jr. High School, Northeast Jr. High School and Liberty High School. He also coached football and basketball at Northeast and was JV basketball coach at Liberty. He taught for 37 years before retiring. He was a PIAA and college basketball official, as well as a lacrosse official. Mr. Matus was a playground leader for the Bethlehem Recreational Department at Elmwood Park, Lafayette, Spring Garden and Madison schools. He was a starter at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course for many years. He belonged to the PSERS and was a life member of the North End Wanderers Association. Ernie was a member of St. Johns Windish Lutheran Church. Survivors: Son, Rich, and his wife Ann Marie, of Bethlehem; daughter, Sharon, of Bethlehem; grandchildren, Lesley, Jeff and Tara Matus, and Rachel Hamershock; and a great-granddaughter, Adelynn Rose Smith. He was predeceased by a sister, Irene Eisenhauer. Services: Services will be 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 12, in St. Johns Windish Lutheran Church, followed by burial in Bethlehem Memorial Park. Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, in the Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden Street, Bethlehem. Contributions: St. Johns Windish Lutheran Church, 617 E. Fourth Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
Published in Morning Call on Mar. 9, 2013