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William Charles Matrisch

December 14, 1949 ~ February 12, 2021 (age 71)

Obituary

William Charles Matrisch died on Friday, February 12, 2021. Born December 14, 1949. Son of the late William August Matrisch and Anna Jane Yerick. Husband of Cynthia Marie Gainer and father of August Gainer Matrisch. Brother of Richard (Darlene) Matrisch, Robert Matrisch, and MaryAnn (Dave) Seanor. Uncle to several nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of Penn Joint High School, received an Associate Degree from CCAC Boyce Campus, and received a Bachelors Degree in Business and Masters Degree in Education from Duquesne University. He wrestled in high school and college, and coached collegiate wrestling to students at CCAC while still a student at Duquesne, becoming the youngest collegiate wrestling coach in the nation at that time, and receiving the XIX Coach of the Year Award. He qualified for the Olympic training camp in wrestling. He served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 107th Field Artillery and received a Distinguished Service ribbon for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Johnstown flood. He was a business teacher at Greensburg Central Catholic H.S. and Penn-Trafford H.S. He was president of the teachers union at Penn-Trafford H.S. and president of credit union at Penn-Trafford School District. He obtained his real estate license and renovated and rented several residences in the local area. He was the proprietor of Woodworkers Showcase, Matrisch Laundry, and Matrisch Martial Arts. He often spoke of his beloved aunts Erna and Margaret, and worked side by side with his father putting roofs on houses and maintaining Matrisch Laundry. He liked listening to Big Band era music and working with his hands. He built his home by hand and was proud of his heritage, having lived on the same parcel of land through four generations. He was devoted to his wife and proud of his son. He struggled valiantly with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinson's, using all his strength on his last day to stand and dance with his wife. He was a fighter, strong and courageous, and a good man. Due to the COVID Pandemic, service and burial will be private for the immediate family only. Donations may be made to: Church of the Advent, 51 South First Street, Jeannette, PA 15644.

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