29 November 2015

Sunday’s Obituary: Stanley Matys

My great grandmother is Bessie Matys. While searching for information on her and her brother, Frank, I came across an obituary in the Wilkes-Barre Record (Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA). Stanley Matys’ obituary ran on Wednesday, 8 November 1944.  

His obituary reads:
Stanley Matys, 1136 Spring Street, Avoca, died early yesterday morning in Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia. 

Mr. Matys was born in Poland and had been a resident of the Avoca section since coming to this country 40 years ago. He was a member of SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Avoca. 

Surviving are his widow and these children: Dr. Edwin Mays, a lieutenant in the US Navy, on duty at sea; Corp. Henry Matys, US Army in Italy; Mrs. Lillian Guisinski, at home, and two grandchildren. 

I do not know of any relation between Stanley and my Matys line. He would have come to America in 1904, just a few years earlier than my Bessie and her brother Frank. Frank’s daughter Catherine once told me they had two or three sisters who stayed behind but Frank was the only son. Perhaps a distant cousin … 

Wilkes-Barre Record. (Wilkes-Barre, PA), 8 November 1944. Newspapers.com. 


Sunday’s Obituary is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers. 
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015

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