James T. Matychowiak

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James T. Matychowiak, 88, of Belleville, IL, born June 18, 1934, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday February 12, 2023, at St. Paul’s Senior Community, Belleville, IL.

James was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, for over 50 years. James served in the United States Army from March 1954 – December 1955. He retired from Anheuser Busch in 1994, as a machinist. James was a dedicated member of District No. 9 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for 50-years, formerly served as union president, and union member of the year. James was an avid outdoors man, he especially loved camping and fishing. He also enjoyed bowling and watching sports. His favorite thing in life was being with his lovely wife Mary Ann over their many years together and taking occasional casino trips.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Mary Ann, nee Hagene, Matychowiak, whom he married on June 8, 1954, and who died on March 7, 2020, his parents, Edmund Felix and Eva Barbara, nee Nikrant, Matychowiak; four brothers, Stanley, Leonard, George, and Edmund; and two sisters, Thekla and Ida.

Surviving are his two children, Kevin (Lynn) Matychowiak of Belleville, IL, and Angela (Mark) Emke of Belleville, IL; five grandchildren, Kimi Matychowiak, Kyle Matychowiak, Alex (Kristyn) Matychowiak, Jacob (Trista) Emke, and Nicholas (Samantha) Emke; and two great-grandchildren, Kenzie Emke and Colt Emke.

A special thanks to the nurses and staff on the memory care unit at St. Paul’s Senior Community.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, or to St. Mary Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Michael Arockiam officiating.


10 Comments on James T. Matychowiak

Roger E Poole said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2023 at 3:48 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family of Jim he was a good family man and a good Union Brother I know he will be sadly missed by all may he RIP. Roger E Poole Retired Directing Business Representative IAM District 9

  • Smithton
  • IL
Terry Knoth said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2023 at 3:14 PM

My deepest sympathy to the entire family on the passing of Jim. There has been a many of good times at Labor dinners and functions. Rest in peace Jim. Terry Knoth, President of Machinist Automotive Lodge 313.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Jim Brown said : Guest Report Feb 16, 2023 at 11:40 AM

My deepest sympathy to Jim's family. I worked with him while he was President of Machinists Lodge 353 and also when he was at Anheuser Busch. He was a great Union Man and a pleasure to work with. Jib Brown Retired V. P. Machinist Union

  • Wentzville
  • Missouri ^3385
Dan Krueger said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2023 at 9:59 AM

Deepest condolences for Jim's passing. I was a fellow machinist with him at Anheuser Busch. He was a lovely man and it was a pleasure to know and work with him for his entire time at the brewery.

  • Wateerloo
  • Illinois
Gary Nabe said : Guest Report Feb 15, 2023 at 7:25 AM

Very sorry for your loss. Jim was one of the good guys and a great friend at AB .loved working with Jim. I am out of town so I can't make it to the mass.

  • Oakville
  • Missouri
Alan & Pat Harrison said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2023 at 8:18 PM

We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Ofallon
  • Missouri
Larry and Michele Yates said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2023 at 10:28 AM

Our hearts are with you during this sad time. Your Dad was an easy going, cheerful guy. We’re glad we got to know him. We know that he’ll be missed.

  • Doyline
  • Louisiana
Sally Perez said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2023 at 10:03 AM

Saddened about the news of your father's passing. Thoughts and Prayers during this time from the Perez Family.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Deborah Watson said : Guest Report Feb 14, 2023 at 8:31 AM

Maty/Lynn and Family, So very sorry for the loss of your Father Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Lawrence D. Hagene said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2023 at 10:51 PM

Prayers to the family. Rest in peace Jim. You are gone but not forgotten. Now he gets to be with his family in Heaven where he will have eternal life.

  • Sparta
  • Illinois

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