Shirley Jane Mateja, 85, of Cambridge Springs passed away peacefully on July 30, 2020, at Meadville Medical Center after a period of declining health.? Shirley was born to Theora Wilson Hill and Robert Benjamin Hill on August 23, 1934 in Sharpsville, PA. Shirley attended Cambridge Springs High School. She was married to Joseph Mateja and resided in Cambridge Springs a majority of their 67 years of marriage. Shirley worked at Edinboro University Book Store before retiring in 1992. Shirley and Joe loved their time spent together in Florida after retirement. She was a dedicated, loving mother to four children and a caring, fun grandma to four grandchildren. She always took care to remember birthdays, special events, and holidays and followed their activities with interest and support. She was a loyal, trustworthy friend to long time friends, work friends and neighbors alike. Shirley was very artistically inclined and enjoyed sharing all the fine arts including art, music, dance and theater with family and friends. Her family and friends are left with many wonderful memories.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Mateja, who passed away on April 22, 2019.
She is survived by daughter, Paula Mateja of Erie; daughter, Joni Beckman and husband, Bill Beckman of Quakertown, PA; son, Gary Mateja of Cambridge Springs; son, Mark Mateja of Erie; grandchildren Curtis, Cory, and Craig Mateja, Brad and Keri Beckman; and great granddaughter, Harmony Rose Mateja.
A private service is planned for the immediate family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Gertrude Barber Center, 100 Barber Place, Erie, PA 16507.?? Cards of sympathy may be sent to 123 Root Ave., Cambridge Springs, PA 16403.