Matthew R. Zobeck, Jr.
Matthew R. Zobeck, Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, aged 69, passed away on February 11, 2021 after struggling for several years with Parkinson's Disease. He was the beloved son of Matthew R. Zobeck, Sr. of Westerville, Ohio and the late Alice K. (Zeigler) Zobeck of Fairview Park, Ohio. He is survived by his father and stepmother Deloris Zobeck, devoted sister, Caroline Zobeck and her partner, David Sweeney, both of Cincinnati, and brother, Terry (Sandra) Zobeck and niece Kathryn Zobeck, all of Herndon, Virginia. Matthew was born in Trenton, New Jersey, spent his early years in Oswego, New York, and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Cincinnati nearly 40 years ago. He was a retired teacher having taught in Cleveland and Cincinnati. He received a Master's Degree in Education from Kent State University. He loved animals, especially his dogs Lefty and Cash and many cats. Matt was kind, warm and possessed a remarkable sense of humor that never failed him, even in the face of his declining health. His life-long passion was music; he had broad musical tastes, including rock 'n' roll, jazz, country, blues, and classical. It sustained him and was a source of comfort and joy in his most difficult hours, especially the music of The Beatles, who wrote:
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
Matt will be remembered and missed by his family and friends forever.
A service will be held at Spring Grove Funeral Home; the service will be for family only. Matt's family thanks all of the healthcare workers—nurses, doctors, aides, administrative staff, transport people, and physical rehab professionals—who cared for Matt. Contributions in Matt's memory to the Parkinson's Foundation would be welcome.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, 2021.