Matthew Bernard Thomas
Skradski Funeral Home - Kansas City
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Kansas City, KS
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.
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Kansas City, KS
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Kansas City, KS
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Elizabeth Witcher
January 8, 2022
Matt was one of the most warm and friendly persons I have had the pleasure to have known. Every spring he would bring all of us ladies here at the dental office flowers from his garden and vegetables in the summer. We all loved to listen to his stories. Just recently he shared the story of a wonderful gift his son and grandson made for him (a puzzle from a Cub Scout photo) Matt was very found of his family and his dear friend Ms. Helen Podrebarac. I have comfort knowing that they have found each other once again. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
Dawne Rettig Dr. Robert P Sherman
January 3, 2022
My heartfelt condolences to the Thomas Family. Matt was very kind to me when, as an evolving kid I frequently descended on your household.
Sam Farmer
December 3, 2021
John & Marilyn Brennan
November 30, 2021
Remember Matt as a friendly classmate; would always say "hi" to anyone he met in hallways or classroom. Blessings go with you Matt!
Barbara Wewers Beatty
November 30, 2021
I was so shocked and sorry to hear about Matt's death. He was truly a "gentle man." His friendliness and helpfulness will never be forgotten, nor his love for his faith and Croatian heritage. I'll offer a Mass for the happy repose of his soul.
Father Mark Goldasich
November 29, 2021
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