Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, Inc.

Anton Matesi, IV

  April 28, 1969 - January 20, 2013


   Memorial Mass Saturday, January 26, 2013
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

OLPH Catholic Church
4795 Ilchester Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043

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Obituary: On January 20, 2013, Anton Matesi, IV peacefully passed away at home in the care of his parents. Devoted son of Anton Matesi, III and Sharon Russell Matesi; loving brother of Ann Matesi and her husband Gary Czapski and Christine L. Ives and her husband John F. Ives; cherished uncle of Frederick Ives. Anton was a graduate of Saint Vincent Catholic School in Honesdale, PA. He was awarded the American Legion award for leadership and also received the Father Frank award. Anton was the drum major for the Honesdale Marching Band. Anton graduated from Penn State and was the treasurer for the Penn State Glee Club, past president of Delta Phi. He was also an active supporter of Spinal cord injury networks. He was referred to as "Courageous Warrior" by those traveling the same path.

Donation: In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Haiti fund, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043.

Inurnment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Honesdale, PA at a later date.

Guestbook Entries

   Lucia Veteran  Loving thoughts to each of you. I am grateful for the wonderful memories of Anton that fill my heart today and always. My love to the Matesi Family Lucia
   Michelle Poehner-Hessling  I was devastated to hear the news of Anton's passing. I have such fond memories of him and will remember him always with a smile as he brought so many of them to those that knew him. He was one of the funniest, bravest and kindest people that I have ever known. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
   Kurt Eisele  Dear Matesi Family, It is with deep sorrow that we received the news of Anton's passing. Janet and I wish to pass on our condolences for your loss. Anton was a brave and courageous man whose loving family allowed him to live and prosper all these years since his illness. You are in our thoughts.
   Lisa (Viscounte) Kempner  I was saddened to hear of Anton's passing. I went to high school with him, but had not stayed in touch over the years. He was a kind and sweet person, whom I will always remember fondly. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
   The Theobald Family  Dear Mr. and Mrs. Matesi and family, I will always have fond memories of Anton and your family. Remembering our school days together, marching band and hanging out at the Matesi compound, will always bring a smile to my face. We've always been inspired by the strength of Anton and your family. All the best to your family at this difficult time. Your friends, The Theobald Family Joe, Misty, Emily, Nicholas and Noah
   Joe & Annette DiLullo  To The Matesi Family - Was shocked to find out on Sunday the sad news of Anton. We just saw him a the party on Saturday. Want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. All we can say you were such dedicated parents to him all these year. Where we live in Village Crest is the down the hill from you and when we were eating supper especially in the summer months we always could see you both walking him with the dog. We did not really know Anton but he seemed like such a nice young man. May he be in peace now.
   Ann Matesi  Anton expressed a desire for donations instead of flowers to go to children in Haiti. If you wish to make a donation please send to: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Donations to Haiti in memory of Anton Matesi 4795 Ilchester Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
   Chuck & Barbara McEwen  God Bless the Matesi family today. Barbara and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. Anton was such an inpiration to everyone who knew him.
   Mitzi and Jerry Kielar  We are sorry to hear of Anton's passing. He was an inspiration to his many friends. Jeff, Bobby, Whit and all always tried to get to see him when they were home. He couldn't have had a more devoted family. Our condolences to you all.
   Judy Nelson  Dearest Tony and Sharon, my heart and prayers go out to you both. There are no words to express my feelings for you and your family, I am so very sorry, my heart cries for you all. Anton was so special, so sweet and so strong, I am honored to have known him. What a special Angel!
   Janet Eisele  Love, honor, humility, and purpose are the qualities I will remember. Anton, you will be dearly missed. You are a man who’s eyes were filled with trust and love, your heart sheathed in perseverance, and a spirit for life that brought peace and encouragement to everyone around you. “Never give up and always find a way” are the messages I will carry with me forever. We laughed until we cried and we cried because we couldn’t laugh. For 10 years I watched you set and accomplish your chosen goals. From your chair you finished your college degree. You electronically compiled data for the local hospital. You played a key role in paralysis and spinal cord trauma research. You couldn’t write with your hands so you used your mouth. You couldn’t walk so you drove your chair. You couldn’t breath, but you made life move on with extreme determination. That determination was fostered by the commitment of your family. You spoke to them with your heart and they to you. If anyone had the privilege to be in the presence of your family they could feel the flow of warm life as it washed by. You are an inspiration and will live in my heart forever. Love and eternal peace to all.
   Terry Kirchner  Sharon, Tony & Family, There are no words that I can say but know that you have been in my heart every since I have known you.
   Lolly McCance  My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. I am blessed that I was able to know Anton. Lolly
   Dona Rinaldi Carpenter  Dear Sharon and Tony, I am so sorry to hear of Anton's passing. Marie Ryan called me to let me know. I remember the day of his injury like it was yesterday. Although I did not know Anton personally I know he must have been a beautiful soul, having had the opportunity to know you both. Sharon, I was so blessed to work with you at the University of Scranton, still to this day think of all the things I learned from you about teaching students and simply being a good person. I know Anton must have had a wonderful like with you and Tony at his side. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Dona
   May/Mel Rutherford  Dear Sharon & Tony-- We were saddened to hear of Anton's death. We didn't know him well but his story continues to inspire us. I think of you both often and pray that the Lord continues to walk with you in this difficult time. God bless you and your family. With love and our sympathy, May & Mel Rutherford
   Mme L. (Monique Lautenschlager)  Dear Matesi Family, I was so saddened to read of Anton's passing in today's Wayne Independent. It was such a pleasure to have had Anton in French class. He was such a dedicated and fun-loving student. Your devoted care kept a smile on his face and encouraged him to accomplish his goals. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
   Patricia Bailey  Dear Sharon and Tony, Dona called me and told me of Anton's passing. It seems like yesterday that he had the spinal injury - hard to believe it was many years ago. You both had a plan that allowed him to move on and become the person he always was meant to be. I am sure you are very thankful for the past years and having Anton with you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers and in my thoughts these days. Patricia Bailey
   Wendy (James) Stechmann  My thoughts and prayers are with Anton's family. He was such a kind and gentle soul. I have fond memories of him over the years. He is now free to spread his wings and watch over us. You were so devoted to Anton and gave him such joy. I will be thinking of you during this very sad time.
   Lori Bonham  So very sad to hear the news of Anton's passing. I have such fond memories of him from high school - he was always so bright and fun and simply a joy to be around. Heaven has gained a sweet soul. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
   Joseph Mulbah  This is a very sad moment for me to, at this time to be talking about Anton's death. This was a man that i worked with, but regarded me as a brother. each time i was leaving him him after my work hours we talked for 30 minutes before I leave him for the day. Therefore I am going to miss him, and want to extent my sympathy to Mr and Mrs Matesi and family. family.
   Bob & Kathy Mayher  Sharon and Tony, our hearts go out to you and your family. It was a shock to hear of Anton's passing after seeing him Saturday, but at the same time we're so glad we did. He was such a special soul and will be missed so very much by so many. You three will always have a place in my heart.
   Ron and Dottie Watkins  Anton's life is an inspiration to us all as is the love and devotion with which you cared for him. We are deeply saddened by his passing and pray that God will grant you comfort and strength at this most difficult time.
   Susan Malmgren  Dear Matesi Family, The one thing I will miss seeing in and around our community will be Ton, Sharon, Anton and Max enjoying all walking together on a beautiful sunny day. How lucky am I to be able to witness such a loving family together. My thouhts and prayers are with you all
   Harriet Owrutsky  It was heart-warming and emotional to join the "Celebration of Life" for Anton. You have an exception array of family and friends. Undoubtedly Anton is very pleased.