September 21, 2012
Matthew M. Montagna, 16, of Jenkins Township, passed away Friday evening, September 21, 2012, at home.
Born in Plains Township on October 11, 1995, he was a son of Christopher and Diane Sompel Montagna of Jenkins Township.
He was a junior at Pittston Area High School. He was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston.
Matthew loved drawing and had a deep admiration for nature and the outdoors. He loved all animals, especially birds, cats and insects.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and pets Trixie and Fluffy. He loved taking boat trips with his father to Eagle Island on the river and hiking up to Campbell's Ledge to enjoy the view.
Matthew loved all food, especially leftover cookie dough.
For three years, he proudly played football for the Pittston Panthers.
He also had a real concern for the underprivileged and suppressed people of the world, and often wanted to make people aware of their problems. Matt was a very compassionate young man.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Anna Montagna; paternal grandfather, Dominick Montagna; and his pet cat, "The Prez."
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are brothers, Christopher Jr., twin brother Nicholas, at home; maternal grandmother, Louise Sompel, Jenkins Township; maternal grandfather, Robert Sompel, Forty Fort; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston, with the Rev. Paul A. McDonnell, OSJ officiating. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church on Saturday morning. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Due to Matt's love of all animals, memorial donations may be made to the Blue Chip No Kill Animal Shelter, Dallas, or to the Luzerne County SPCA. Arrangements are entrusted to the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.