SPRINGFIELD - Frank Matheis died peacefully at Springfield's St. John's Hospital on Tuesday evening, April 2, 2013, at the age of 92. Frank was born in Springfield, IL on Nov. 22, 1920, to George and Elizabeth Hartmann Matheis. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Cathedral High School where he played baritone in the band for four years. In 1942 he entered the Army Air Corp and served in North Africa and Italy for the duration of WWII.
Upon his return home, he was engaged to Mary Francis Richiusa. They were married on May 26, 1946. They remained inseparable companions for nearly 67 years of marriage.
After their marriage, Frank worked at, and helped to expand, the Matheis Hardware. In 1956 Frank was employed by the State of Illinois where he remained until his retirement from the Dept. of Transportation in 1981.
Above all else, Frank was devoted to his wife, Mary, and to his family. He gave generously of his time and he would do anything possible to help his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Frank was an optimistic person who enjoyed the simple things in life. He liked Sunday drives, eating out and he enjoyed the State Fair immensely.
Frank was a devout Catholic his entire life and was a member of Cathedral parish.
Frank loved baseball and was a devoted Cubs fan.
Frank and Mary both enjoyed traveling and they took numerous vacations throughout the US. Frank was proud to say that he had attended 5 World's Fairs. Frank also had a lifelong interest in mathematics and investing in the stock market.
Frank is survived by his wife, Mary, and his four children: Steve (Donna) Matheis of Springfield, Rita Messinger of Springfield, Paul (Linda) Matheis of Indianapolis and Mark (Linda) Matheis of the Quad Cities. He also has ten grandchildren: Teresa (Dave) Saner, Mark (JoAnne) Messinger, Cathy (JJ) Crawford, Brian (Lisa) Messinger, Christine (Patrick) Kolzow, Angela (John) Rykowski, David (fiancé, Sarah Leonard) Matheis, Greg Matheis, Andy Matheis and Joe Matheis; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation: Visitation and a rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth and Lawrence.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Reverend Peter Harman officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Donations would be gratefully accepted to Springfield Right to Life.
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