Robert J. Matava, 90, of Unionville, passed away Friday, November 4th at his home that he built with his beloved wife Elizabeth “Bette” (Deegan) Matava. Born July 23rd, 1921 in Kerney, PA, son of the late Paul and Mary (Valigursky) Matava, he was a lifelong resident of Unionville. Bob was a highly decorated United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, having served with distinction in the South Pacific area with the 3rd Marine Division, seeing harsh action in the following campaigns, Guadacanal, Bougainville and Guam, where he was twice wounded. Upon his return from the South Pacific, Bob established Edward Motor Service in Unionville in memory of his brother Edward who was killed in action on Iwo Jima. He was a member of the Iwo Jima’s Survivors Association. Bob was a founding member of the Iwo Jima Memorial in New Britain, a lifelong communicant at the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea in Unionville, and a member of the VFW Post # 3272 in Avon. He is survived by his son, Robert D. “Skip” Matava of Unionville, his daughter Mary-Jo Matava of Unionville, his daughter, Patricia Matava Young and her husband Robert A. of Franklin, MA, his brother Jerry Matava and his wife Noreen of Burlington, three sisters, Sue Martin of Hyannis, MA, Bette and her husband George Lusis and Irene Bachman both of Port Orange, FL, and his grandchildren, Robert Joseph Matava of Arlington, VA, Christine A. Matava of New York City, Lindsay E. Young of Princeton, NJ, Robert A. Young Jr., and Colin R. Young both of Franklin, MA and several nieces and nephews. Bob fondly leaves many dear, close friends. The Funeral Mass celebrating Bob’s life will be held Thursday, November 10th (THE BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS) at 10:30am in the Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Main St., Unionville followed by full Marine Corps Honor’s at St. Mary Cemetery in Avon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Family Foundation, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE Suite 57, Salem, OR 97309. Arrangements are being handled by The Ahern Funeral Home, www.ahernfuneralhome.com.
Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 10:30am Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea, UnionvilleBurial
St. Mary Cemetery, AvonMemorial Contribution
Marine Corps Family Foundation, 4000 Lancaster Drive NE Suite 57, Salem, OR 97309