Joseph Paul Mateja, 90, of Cambridge Springs, PA passed away peacefully after celebrating Easter with his family by his side on Monday April 22, 2019, at Wesbury in Meadville. Born and raised in Conshohocken, PA to Polish immigrant parents, Catherine Flak Mateja and John Mateja, on June 15, 1928, he was the ninth of ten children including six brothers and three sisters. Joseph served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1945 to 1947 and was a lifelong member of American Legion Post #381, Cambridge Springs. Following the war, he attended Alliance College majoring in engineering from 1948-1950. As a natural athlete, Joe participated in sports growing up but found his favorite sport and lifetime passion when he joined the original golf team at Alliance College. It was during this time that he met and married the other passion of his life, his wife of 67 years Shirley Jane (Hill) Mateja. Retiring in 1990, Joe worked as a draftsman at GE in Erie for 35 years and was a member of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 138. He was a 50-year member of the Riverside Golf Course Wednesday Night Golf League. He attended St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Cambridge Springs.
His loving presence will be greatly missed by his surviving family members: wife, Shirley; daughter, Paula Mateja of Erie; daughter, Joni Beckman and her husband, Bill of Quakertown, PA; son, Gary Mateja and his wife, Betsy of Cambridge Springs; son, Mark Mateja of Erie; grandchildren: Cory, Curtis, and Craig Mateja, Brad and Keri Beckman; and great granddaughter, Harmony Rose Mateja.
A private funeral service will be held at the Van Matre Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Monday, April 29, 2019, with the Rev. Mark Nowak officiating. Interment will follow at Cambridge Springs Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gertrude Barber Center, 100 Barber Place, Erie, PA 16507. Cards of sympathy addressed to Mrs. Shirley Mateja, a resident of Wesbury, may be sent to 123 Root Ave., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.