HUGHESTOWN — Matthew Colangelo, 93, of Hughestown, and formerly of Exeter, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
Born in Hughestown on Sept. 10, 1920, he was a son of the late Francesco and Rose Orlando Colangelo. He was married to the former Minnie Detato and they were the parents of two children, Frank and Rose.
A graduate of Hughestown High School, class of 1938, he went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He was stationed in various areas of Italy during World War II and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five bronze stars.
After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Matthew pursued a position in the field of vocational education, earning teaching credits from the Pennsylvania State University and being awarded a certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certifying him to teach. In 1962, Matthew accepted the position of automotive tradesman instructor at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas.
While employed at SCI Dallas, he became an active member of his Local 2335, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union. He served for 10 years prior to his retirement in 1982. He was elected to negotiate the first contract for trades and labor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Matthew was also elected vice president of Council 13, AFSCME, and was awarded the Wendy Hawkins Labor Award for his contributions to the labor movement.
During retirement, Matthew became involved in local politics. He was a councilman and former chairman of Exeter Borough Council and a former member of the Wyoming Area Board of Education.
Matthew was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, Pittston, where he served as elder and member of session. He was also a member of Valley Lodge 499 F & AM; the VFW Post 6518, Exeter; and the Italian American Association of Luzerne County, which honored him as Man of the Year in 1988.
Matthew was a loving husband, father and grandfather who especially cherished his role as "Pop" to his pride and joy, Gene Matthew.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Minnie Colangelo; and brothers, Joseph Colangelo and Robert Delconte.
He is survived by his daughter, Rose Molino, Hughestown; grandson, Atty. Gene Matthew Molino, and his wife, Stacey, Exeter; brothers, James Delconte, John Delconte and Michael Delconte; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Guy Fasciana and the nurses and staff of Compassionate Care Hospice for the excellent care and compassion shown to Matthew and his family over the past several months.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Second Presbyterian Church, 143 Parsonage St., Pittston. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church on Monday morning. Interment will be at the Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston.
Memorial donations may be made to the Second Presbyterian Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.