Published in the rrstar.com from 4/23/2008 - 4/29/2008.
Thomas R. Matuszewski,
90, of Rock-ford, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Sunday April 20, 2008, in his
home. He was born Dec. 20, 1917, in Pittsburgh, son of Apolonia and Frank
Matuszewski. He lived in Rockford for most of his life. He married Jennie
Laskowski on June 26, 1943, in St Stanislaus Church.
He worked at Joseph Behr and retired from Greenlee Brothers after 42 years.
Veteran of World War II in the 39th regiment 9th infantry division. He
fought in the battles of Hurtgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge and crossed
the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen before it collapsed. Member
of St. Stanislaus Church and White Eagle Club.
He was an avid sportsman and athlete. He was rated the best shortstop
in this area in the 30s, playing shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals
farm team in 1936. He also played for the Rockford Industrial League,
PNA and in the Army in Aichach, Germany. He enjoyed bowling and playing
in ABC tournaments. He loved golf, placing in several city tournaments
and played until he was 89.
Survivors include wife, Jennie; children, Thomasetta (Norman) Chilton
of Davis, Lawrence, Gerald and Mary Ann (Michael) Hughes of Rockford;
grandchildren, Melinda and Eric Chilton; sisters, Regina Harezlak and
Edna Stone, both of Rockford; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased
by parents and brother, Wallace. Special thank- you to the nurses and
staff of Heartland Hospice. You were his angels. Service at 11 a.m. Thursday
April 24, in St Stanislaus Church, with visitation from 10 a.m. to time
of service; Father Peter Sarniki will officiate.
Burial in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to Janet Wattles. Arrangements are
with Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 707 Marchesano
Dr. Condolences to www.gasparinioliverifuneral.net.