Michael Patrick Matulavich
1961 - 2021
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Michael Patrick Matulavich (Mikey), 59, passed away peacefully on April 1, 2021. The angels came to carry an innocent soul and spirit to the arms of Jesus where he was made whole. He is overjoyed to see the love of his life, Grandma Beulah Puett. Even though he was born with many challenges, including being nonverbal, Mikey always had a loving smile and big hug for everyone he met. His parents were blessed to have him in their lives and considered it a privilege to be his life-long caregivers. Mikey loved riding the MRDD bus to the Weaver and Southern Workshops where he could be with his friends. In later years, after losing the ability to walk, Mikey never lost his genuine excitement and joy when visited by family and friends. Mikey is survived by parents, Mike and Pat; brother, Mark (Becky) and sister, Rachel Mostar; brother-in-law, John Mostar; niece, Marisa and nephews, Michael, Alex, and Steven Mostar; very special uncle, Sam (Barbara); uncle, Pete (Zee); uncle, Paul (Cindy) and special cousins Rhonda, Ronnie, and Robbin Shook in Georgia. The family is grateful to Dr. Michael Hill for his many years of caring for Mikey, Dr. Jennifer Drost, and the many nurses from Summa Home Care and Hospice. Special thanks to Jennings Cross, MRDD Advocate for his loving concern, care, and support for Mikey. Cremation has taken place. A private memorial service for family will be held Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Anthony Funeral Home of Green, 4178 Massillon Rd., Uniontown, OH 44685 (corner of Massillon and Steese Roads in Green, entrance off Steese Road). Rev. Dallas Billington officiating. In lieu of flowers, please do something kind for someone in Mikey's memory.




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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 10, 2021
Dear Mike, Pat, and family - I am grateful for Michael's presence in my life and grateful for the joy his grin, sense of humor and big, joyous hugs gave to me! Michael is forever in my heart. And I truly missed him when I retired. I have the little box with Mikey's picture in that you gave me ,Pat, and actually I just looked at it last week. I sits on the corner of my desk, but periodically I open it and think about Mikey. It always makes me a smile! I remember all the fun days with him and Kelly in Kim's class. Kelly and Mikey had a love/hate relationship - they loved to pick on and tease each other and hated to be apart. I remember all the bus rides to the center and back home. Mikey enjoyed every little thing, every day! I know Michael was cherished and loved by all , but his family was beyond wonderful in caring for him and he had a very good life. It was a joy to know the family and see their love and devotion: and they always showed their gratitude to all who touched Mikey's life. I know your hearts are broken but Michael will always be thought of with love by all. I pray for peace and comfort for you. Our sympathy and our love , Vicki and Kelly
Vicki Starcher
Friend
April 9, 2021
Mark,
So sorry to learn of the passing of your loving brother. Prayers to you and your whole entire family.
Susan Dickey
Acquaintance
April 8, 2021
Chief and Matulavich Family,

Sad to read a of your loss. There are not enough words to ease the sorrow at this time but my thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you Mikey. Rest in Peace Brother.

Jimmy Mathews
Friend
April 8, 2021
RIP MIKEY OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE MATULAVICH FAMILY JIMMY AND SHELL DIRDEN FRIEND
April 6, 2021
Mr. & Mrs. Matulavich,

I am so sorry for your loss. No parent should have to bury a child. My heart breaks for you. He lived a full life because if you both. Much love!
Julie Saullo
Friend
April 6, 2021
Mike and Pat I'm so sorry to hear about Mikey he was such a happy and loving man. He is whole now and with his grandmother. You guys where blessed to have him for 59 years.
Carolyn Watson
Friend
April 6, 2021
My condolences goes out to The Matulavich Family at this time. Michael will always be in the hearts and minds of the family members and friends who truely cared and loved him.
As the Facility Manager of the Southern Center I had the opportunity to meet and know Mike and his family. I learned the true meaning of caring from the example of Michael's Father and Mother.
May you be blessed and know that me and the former staff cared!

Marion Victor Perkins
Former Facility Manager (Southern Center (Summit DD Board)
Marion V Perkins
Friend
April 5, 2021
I remember Michael “Mikey” as such a happy and lovable person. He always had a big smile and hug for everyone. I missed seeing him over the years. He was surrounded by such a beautiful and loving family. Michael is one of those people who touch your soul ❤.
Kimberly Bauer
Friend
April 5, 2021
Whenever I think of Michael “Mikey”, I just think of how happy and lovable he was towards everyone. He gave the best hugs and never asked for much more. He has such a wonderful family. I missed seeing him over the years. He is one of those people that touches your soul ❤.
Kimberly Bauer
Friend
April 5, 2021
Whenever I think of Michael “Mikey”, I just think of how happy and lovable he was towards everyone. He gave the best hugs and never asked for much more. He has such a wonderful family. I missed seeing him over the years. He is one of those people that touches your soul ❤.
Kimberly Bauer
Friend
April 5, 2021
MIKE,and Family
my deepest sympathies on hearing of Mikey's passing I too know the pain of loosing a son . My he rest in peace
RonDiSpina
Friend
April 4, 2021
To Mike, Pat, and the Matulavich family. Please accept my sincere condolences over the loss of your son. I know how hard you both have worked and sacrificed over the years to keep Mikey going. God bless the family... Mikey is already in the arms of the Lord.
Dr Richard J May
Friend
April 4, 2021
To Michael's family,
You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Mikey. May GOD hold you in HIS arms until the deep sorrow passes. In HIS love, Janell Fatheree
Janell Fatheree
April 4, 2021
Mike, Pat, Mark and Rachel and the entire Matulavich family and their friends my deepest sympathies on hearing of Mikey's passing. I remember Mikey fondly, Mikey had an incredible sense of humor. Mikey can now rest in peace in heaven, in the lords loving arms. Rest in peace Mikey
Michael Shumaker
Friend
April 4, 2021
Mike and family,

So sorry to hear about Mikey. Although I never met him, I'm sure he was a delightful soul. May he rest in peace. My prayers are with you and your family.

Jay Carano
Coworker
April 4, 2021
Hi Mike and Pat..So sorry to hear about Mikey...what a sweetheart he was..I can still see that big happy grin he always had when he was just a little guy. You guys entrusted me to watch that precious sweet boy when we lived on Manchester Rd...although..my Mom always seemed the need to take over. She loved that little guy! We love all of you guys..you are a great memory from our childhood..Love, Judy (McClure) McPeak
Judy McPeak
Friend
April 4, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jim Lucas
Neighbor
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