Theresa F. Matzura

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KULPMONT - Theresa F. Matzura, 88, of Kulpmont, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital with her family at her side.

She was born in Kulpmont, July 11, 1930, the eldest daughter of the late Andrew and Violet (Yeziorski) Feudale. She attended St. Casimir Elementary School and graduated from Kulpmont High School as salutatorian of the Class of 1947.

She continued her education at Thompson Institute in Harrisburg, then worked as a Medical Secretary at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Theresa returned to Kulpmont, married Francis Matzura, and worked at Geisinger Hospital in Danville. She later worked in the garment industry as a sewing machine operator while raising her five children.

After her children were grown, Theresa enrolled in the Danville Area School of Nursing graduating valedictorian of the Class of 1977.

Theresa took great pride working on the oncology unit at Geisinger Medical Center as a licensed practical nurse until her retirement in 1992.

During retirement she enjoyed camping, traveling and most importantly spending time with family, including her Life Geisinger family in Kulpmont. She was a member of the Church of the Holy Angels, formerly a member of St. Casimir's Church, Kulpmont Ladies Lions, ILGWU, Kulpmont Senior Citizens and enjoyed bingo.

Theresa was blessed with five children, Carol Wolfgang and her fiancé, Charles Staskiel, of Marion Heights, Sheryl Kane, of Montoursville, Stephen Matzura and his wife, Marsha (Zawalick), of Kulpmont, Andrea Ziegler and her husband, Robert, of Siglerville, and Melissa Dillow and her husband, John, of Mount Carmel.

Her grandchildren include Tara Avellino and her husband, Dennis, Daniel Wolfgang and his wife, Cindy, James Kane and his wife, Cheryl, Brian Kane and his wife, Meghan, Margaret Heddings and her husband, Frank, Emily Merryman and her husband, Kyle, Michael Kane II, Amanda Shebelsky and her husband, Ryan, Kerri Molesevich and her husband, Jeffrey, Mallory Shoop and her husband, Robert, Carissa Ziegler, Jessica Turner and her husband, Paul, Rachael Ziegler, Justin Dillow and Jason Dillow. Theresa had 28 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Leonard Kurpell; nieces and nephews, Karen Yablonski, Tina Novak, Ronald Novak, Donna Klisher and Andrew Lee Long; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; two sisters, Albina Young and Alberta Kurpell; a brother-in-law, Geoffrey Young; a son-in-law, Roger Wolfgang; nephew, John Young, and great-great-granddaughter, Ava Grace.


MATZURA - Theresa F. Matzura, 88, of Kulpmont. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, in the Church of the Holy Angels, 855 Scott St., Kulpmont, with Rev. Andrew Stahmer as celebrant. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Viewing will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, with transferal prayers at 10 a.m. in the C.J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 1053 Chestnut St., Kulpmont, C.J. Lucas, supervisor. To send condolences to the family, please visit

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Published in The News Item from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2018