Edward Vincent Matt, 89, of Duryea, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. He was born in Duryea on November 25, 1929 and was the son of the late Andrew and Catherine (Kovalan) Matt.
Edward was a lifelong member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church, Duryea. He was a graduate of Duryea High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and served during the Korean War. For many years, he was very active with the Duryea American Legion Post 585 where he served as Commander for over 17 years and also with the Duryea VFW Post 1227 where he was active with their Military Detail Honor Guard. Edward was also actively involved with the Duryea Boy Scouts of America and for many years he served as a volunteer for the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.
He enjoyed working in his garden, traveling to the local casinos and he loved to play bingo. He was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mary J. Stanczyk, who died December 28, 2011; his grandson, Kevin Newberry; brothers Earl, Andy and Ray Matt; and his sisters Marie Ostrowski and Theresa Matt; and his son-in-law John Freas.
He is survived by daughters Diane Freas, of Duryea and Patricia Stevens and her husband Joseph of Luzerne. Also surviving are his grandchildren, David, Michael, Stephanie, and Maria, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Edward’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Riverside nursing and rehab center, Taylor and the VA Medical Center Hospice unit, Wilkes-Barre for their excellent care and compassion they provided to Ed and his family.
Funeral services will be held on Monday. November 25, at 9:30am from Kiesinger Funeral Services. Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with a mass of Christian burial at 10:00am at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea with Fr. John V. Polednak officiating. Friends may call on Sunday evening, November 24, from 5-8pm. AMVETS Honor Guard of greater Pittston will provide military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center Hospice Unit, 1111 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.