Mariann Grace (Spantak) Mattes passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia and heart issues, her family announces with great sorrow. She is survived by her devoted husband of 46 years, Robert (Robin) Mattes; and her three sons and their families; Allen and Robin, with Allyssa and Chloe, of Greensburg, Michael and Amy, with Garrett and Makayla, of Jeannette, and Patrick, with Kieran and Karlie, of Glendale, Ariz. Her greatest treasures were her six grandchildren; known as "Mimi," her life revolved around her babies and bringing them joy and happiness. Formerly from Franklin Borough, she was born July 11, 1955, to the late John and Patricia (Taylor) Spantak. She is also survived by her brother, John, and his kids, Jenn and Jason. Mariann graduated from Conemaugh Valley High School, and then graduated from Mt. Aloysius with an RN nursing degree. She graduated in the top of her class at both schools. After graduation, she started her nursing career in Johnstown at Lee Hospital in Critical Care and Med Surgery. When the family moved to Greensburg, Mariann continued her career at Westmoreland Hospital as an IV nurse for 25 years. Mariann had a love and talent for art. She excelled at many mediums, including painting, ceramics, stained glass and even cake decorating. Her artwork decorates the houses of family and friends. Mariann was blessed with many loving friends who filled her days with joy and laughter, including her good friends, Connie and Marty Kuhar, Irene and Mark Hanna, Carol and Ray Walters and Marissa Smith. She always looked forward to her weekly outings, including ceramics, with Connie and Jack, adventures with the Friday friends, and the endless laughs with "The YaYas," Linda, Barb, Leslie and Larry. The endless love, compassion and prayers from her friends comforted her through her illness. The medical staff that helped Mariann became her friends. Thank you to the staff at Hillman Cancer Center, Dr. Auga, Sara, Trish, Katie and James, for their kindness and care during her illness; Dr. Leibu and Vicky, your years of service to Mariann during her illness gave us extra time with her. Arrangements are trusted to MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., Jeannette, however, at her request, there will be no viewing. Mariann, I want to thank you for making me who I am. My success was all your doing. You pushed me to be a better person. Thank you, Mariann...I Love You...Rob.
Published in Tribune Review from May 3 to May 4, 2021.