Stephen R. Mathews


Age 87 of Winston-Salem, NC formerly of Horseheads, NY passed away on Thursday November 21, 2013. Stephen was born September 20, 1926 in Elmira Heights, NY the son of the late Carl and Sophie Bilinski Mathews. He was a Veteran of World War II serving his country with The U.S. ARMY. Mr. Mathews was retired from Hardinge Inc. in Elmira, NY and a member of Hardinge Mens Club. He was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads, NY and presently attended Holy Cross Church in Kernersville, NC. Stephen was predeceased by his first wife Elaine M. Corbin Mathews on September 23, 1986 and was also predeceased by his second wife Shirley D. Colby Deacon Mathews on June 28, 2002. Mr. Mathews loved his family and friends and treasured the time he spent with them. Stephen is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Stephen & Christina Mathews of Sun City Center, Florida, Bruce & Connie Mathews of Horseheads, NY; Kenneth Mathews of Scipio Center, NY; daughters and sons-in-law: Brenda Miller of Winston-Salem, NC; Rosanne and Andy Moroneso of Pfafftown, NC; Cynthia Mathews of Winston-Salem, NC; Mary McLean of Fernandina Beach, FL; step-daughter and son-in-law: Sheree and Warren Novick of Virginia Beach, VA; sister: Rose Mathews of Coal Township, PA; 21 grandchildren: Michele & Jeff Melville of Bethlehem, GA, Lori & Miles Digati of Bradenton, FL, Michael Mathews of Gainesville, FL, Daniel Villard of Elmira, NY, Jami & Shane Clune of Elmira, NY, Toni & Jeff Schierloh of Huntersville, NC, Niki Mathews of Elmira, NY, Tarryn & Brad Little of Raleigh, NC, Elaina McLean of Atlanta, GA, Connor McLean of Fernandino Beach, FL, Kseniya Mathews of Moravia, NY, Lisa & Brent Jensen of Elmira, NY, James Lazenby of Elmira, NY; step-grandchildren: Rebecca Novick of Virginia Beach, VA, and David Novick of Downey, CA; 14 great grandchildren; several brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of caring friends including very special friends Joseph Klebon of Coal Township, PA, Frank & Joanne Ovnic of Kernersville, NC, and next door neighbors Matthew & Diane Murnane and their daughters Morgan, Grace, and Erin. Stephen adored these girls and made it a point to tell everyone they were his adopted granddaughters. They called him their Papa Buzzard. Stephen was known to many by his nickname "The Buzzard" . Relatives and friends are invited to call at the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY on Sunday December 1, 2013 from 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Our Mother Church 816 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY on Monday December 2, 2013 at 10 AM. Interment in Maple Grove Cemetery in Horseheads, NY where Full Military Honors will be accorded to Mr. Mathews.


Funeral Home

Lynch Funeral Home
318 W. Broad St. Horseheads, NY 14845

Published in Star-Gazette from Nov. 27 to Nov. 30, 2013