Frank A. Matyjevich of Dunmore died Wednesday after being stricken ill at work. His wife, the former Kathryn Loftus Simens, died on Thursday after a long illness. The couple had been married since 1992.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Eugene and Elizabeth Slavinski Matyjevich, Frank was an Army veteran, stationed in Germany during his enlistment. While in the Army, Frank worked as a mechanic. He continued this trade upon his return home, owning his own auto body and repair shop.
Frank was a dedicated member of the American Legion, serving as commander of Post 948 in Scranton for several years. He was a current member of VFW Post 7251 in Throop. Beneath his rough exterior, Frank was a good guy, who was quick to lend a hand. "The Commander" was proud of his Polish heritage, and wasn't afraid to let anyone know it.
Surviving are a daughter, Cristin McKnight and her husband, Jason, Richmond, Va.; a son, Stephen Matyjevich and his wife, Deborah, Denver; a sister, Frances Lee; two brothers, Thomas Daniels and Edward Matyjevich; two grandchildren, Foxx McKnight and Opal Mae Matyjevich; several nieces and nephews.
Frank was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Marie Shuminski Matyjevich; a sister, Eleanor Matyjevich; and a brother, Joseph Matyjevich.
An informal memorial service will be held Sunday at VFW Post 7251, 179 Boulevard Ave., Throop. Military honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. A celebration of Commander Frank's life will follow until 5. Arrangements are entrusted to Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 602 Birch St., Scranton. Cremation will take place at the Strauch Cremation Center and Crematory, Lehigh Twp. To leave an online condolence, visit www.strauchfu
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Published in Scranton Times on May 10, 2014