Anthony "Tony" C. Mathews
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Anthony "Tony" C. Mathews, 76, died at 10:55 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Lewis Memorial Christian Village.
Tony was born Sept. 29, 1937, in Belleville, Ill., the son of Anthony C. Sr. and Edvina Treager Mathews. He married Patricia "Pat" Urbanckas on April 15, 1972, at St. Aloysius Church in Springfield by the Rev. Robert Franzen.
Tony graduated from Cathedral High School in Belleville and earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He retired from Tri-Pro Graphics and Packaging and was employed previously with Uarco, Inc. for over 25 years. He was also employed with Swift Meat Company in East St Louis.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 364, TRN Club, the Lithuanian American Club, the YMCA, and YMCA Indian Guides. Tony was also a soccer coach for his children's teams. He enjoyed the outdoors, taking care of his Yorkie, Bear, and listening to jazz, folk and Cajun music. He was a very kind and generous person.
He was preceded in death by his parents and parents-in-law, Pete and Mary Urbanckas; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Schwaegel and Bob Frost; aunt, Virginia Treager, among other aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Mathews of Springfield; two sons, Scott Mathews of St. Louis, Mo., and Troy Mathews of Springfield; sister, Connie Schwaegel of Belleville; sister-in-law, Donna Frost of Springfield; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved Yorkie, Bear.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service.
Funeral Ceremony: 10 a.m., Monday, March 3, 2014, at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 524 E. Lawrence, Springfield, IL, the Rev. Zachary Edgar, celebrant.
Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to: Illinois Council of the Blind, P.O. Box 1336, 217 E. Monroe St., Ste. 95, Springfield, IL 62705 or The Lithuanian-American Club, P.O. Box 20041, Springfield, IL 62703.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.