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Matthew (Matt) Francis Montana, 49, of Utica, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare, after a brief illness. Matt was born on May 1, 1963, the son of Joseph G. Montana and the late Patricia Mitsler Montana. Matt attended the Utica School System. Matt had several interests. First and foremost was being a licensed Ham Radio operator. He made several good friends over the Ham Radio Network. Also, riding his Harley was another thing that Matt loved to do. He did not let being on oxygen stop him from enjoying his bike. He also had his regular coffee groups. Again, he valued his friends he got to spend time with over coffee. Matt is survived by his father, Joseph Montana, of Utica; his children, Jeremy Scott, of Whitesboro, Rachel Montana, of Whitesboro; his sister and her husband, Helen and Dan Darjany, of Marcy. He also leaves three nieces and two nephews, Gina Montana, of Yorkville, Marissa and Angel Guzman and their son, Luciano, of Utica, Rebecca and Eric Falk, of New Hartford, Daniel Darjany, of Utica, and Andrew Darjany, of Annapolis, MD. He also leaves several life-long friends, including Jimmy Teesdale, Scott Agostino, and Curt ODell, and many more too numerous to mention. Thank you all for being an important part of his life. Matt was predeceased by his brother, Phillip James Montana, and his grandson, Nathen Coons. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Staff of the 6th Floor at St. Lukes for the compassionate care given to Matt during his illness. As per Matts wishes there will be no calling hours. A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony & St. Agnes Church, 422 Tilden Avenue, Utica, New York on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Internment will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn & Harper Funeral Home, 418 North George Street, Rome. You may view the obituary and send a message of sympathy at www.nunnandharper.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2012