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John Andrew Matais

May 23, 1933 ~ September 6, 2019 (age 86)

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On Friday September 6, 2019, John Andrew Matais, of New Carrollton, MD, peacefully passed away with his wife, Nancy, and his daughter, Pamela, at his side. Born in Johnstown, PA into a family of 6. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. degree in Commerce.

He was drafted into the Navy and was on the U.S.S. Neptune ARC-L that laid the Transatlantic cable, he was  a 3rd Class Storekeeper.  He moved to Washington, D.C. to start his career at GSI and later joined the U.S Department of Agriculture as an accountant.

He married Nancy Pentrack on June 14, 1958 and they raised 4 children together. He enjoyed helping coach sports, watching his children participate in sports and loved watching Penn State and Redskins football games with his family. Once he retired, he enjoyed some world traveling as often as he could with his wife Nancy. Recently they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Pentrack of Johnstown, PA; his children Bruce, Pamela, Kevin, and Brian; his grandchildren Lt. Thomas George, U.S.N. (Caroline), Brad, Amanda, Eric, CAM, great grandaughter Annabeth, and several nieces and nephews. He is survived by his brother Commander George Matais, U.S.N., Retired (Jeralyn). He was predeceased by his parents, George and Frantiska Matais, sisters, Mary M. Murphy (Joseph), Emma R. Malicki (John), Anna B. Howie (William), Lt. Joseph A. Matais , U.S.N. (Nancy) 

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, an active community member with St. Mary's Parish and the New Carrollton Boys and Girls club fundraisers and coaching.


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September 11, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A.
4739 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781

Funeral Mass
September 12, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church
7207 Annapolis Road
Landove Hills, MD 20784

Interment following funeral service
September 12, 2019

Maryland Veteran Cemetery - Crownsville Maryland
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032


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