Obituary: Anthony J. “Butch” Matuszczak,
Published: June 02, 2022
By: Provided by Sundquist
Anthony J. “Butch”
LOWVILLE – Anthony Joseph
“Butch” Matuszczak, 83, died on Tuesday
afternoon, May 31, 2022 at MaryImogeneBassettHospital,
Cooperstown where he has been a patient
since May 22nd.
Tony was born and
raised on the Matuszczak farm and homestead just
north of the village on September
18, 1938 the son of the late Anthony
E. and Vera (Dauksza) Matuszczak.
He graduated from Lowville Academy and Central School in 1956 where he was two time Sectional Inter Class wrestling champion, and
varsity captain for football and wrestling.
Butch joined the
US Army Reserves in September 1956 and served until he was honorably
Butch made his
own way during his farming career beginning on Campbell Street in the village, and
then moved to the West Road
in West Martinsburg in 1961. Butch retired
from farming in 1986 and began a career in construction shortly after
working locally as a carpenter and laborer then with his sons for National
Structures, Inc., of Syracuse,
retiring in 2010. He continued working, helping his son-in-law and grandson
driving tractor during harvest time.
Tony is survived
by his wife Jean M. Kafka, whom he married at Constable Hall garden on June
8, 1991, his five children, Deborah (Gary) Cole; Mark Anthony Matuszczak; Kim D. (David) Gracey; William Brian Matuszczak; and Carl Matuszczak;
his eight grandchildren, Nikki, Sarah, Jeremy and Jessica, Blake and Jenna,
Ryan and Brianna; his five great grandchildren; his former wife and mother
of his children, Sally Ann Peling whom he married
on April 25, 1959. His siblings, Allen W. (Elaine); Dennis (Gail);
Katherine (Robert) Lamb; Charlene (Randal) Cooper; his in-laws, Bruce Shaw;
and Sue Matuszczak; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
sister, Christine, his sister, Constance Shaw, and his brother, Arthur E. Matuszczak predecease him.
Butch loved “Jeeping” on Tug Hill, gardening, snowmobiling,
tinkering in his garage, visiting, sharing stories, and relaxing in his
“man cave”, watching NASCAR and football with popcorn, radishes
or ice cream. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He was a past
member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, V.F.W., Polish American Club,
and Balsam Flats Hunting Club. Butch’s favorite place to go hunting was the
A funeral Mass
will be said on Wednesday, June 8th at at St. Peter’s Catholic Church
with Rev. Deepak Baru, officiating. Committal
will be in MartinsburgCemetery. There are
no calling hours. Following the services everyone is invited to the
Martinsburg Fire Department for a Celebration of Life.
Donations of a
covered dish to pass for the Celebration of Butch may be delivered to the
Martinsburg Fire Hall, Wednesday June 8th from .
Butch’s name may be made to: Martinsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Martinsburg,
One last thing
from Butch, “Always Stay Humble and Kind”