Matthew Bernard Thomas
November 26, 2021
Kansas City, Kansas - Matthew Bernard Thomas, of Kansas City, KS, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2021. Funeral services will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in KCKS on Wednesday, December 1st. Rosary at 8:30 am; Visitation at 9am; Mass at 10am. Interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, KCKS. The family suggests memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church or the Heart of America Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
He was born on July 9, 1941 to Matthew I. and Victoria J. (Jurcic) Thomas in KCKS. Matthew graduated from Bishop Ward High School, received his Associates Degree from Donnelly College in 1961, and was an Eagle Scout.
Matthew joined the United States Army in 1963 and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood. He was employed by Southwestern Bell for 39 years.
Naturally creative, Matt saw the beauty and potential in things others didn't. He could make just about anything out of glass, wood, or plastic, and always had a project in progress whether in his workshop or his garden.
Matthew was a talker, always had a story to tell, and was able to connect with everyone. A stranger was just a friend he hadn't met yet.
Matt's love of music wove a melody through his life as a member of both the St. John's Tamburitzans and Hrvatski Obicaj. He loved to polka, dance the kolo, and played the Brac, accordion, and sometimes the wash-tub base!
A traditionalist to his core, he helped his family keep strong ties to their roots, culture, and faith. He was a life-long member of St. John the Baptist Catholic parish, a member of St. John's Catholic Club and Senior Citizens Group, and the Croatian Fraternal Union.
Known to his family and friends for making mischief and being ornery, Matt will be remembered for his sense of humor, big heart, and the ways he shared his gifts with others.
He is survived by his son, Matthew A. Thomas (Jennifer), and grandchildren, Luke and Faith. As well as his siblings Ivana Morris, Joseph, Genevieve Semet, and George. He is preceded in death by a very special person in his life Helen Podrebarac. A great friend and companion for 15 years.
Published by Kansas City Star on Nov. 30, 2021.