SPRINGFIELD, IL – Mary Matheis died peacefully on Wednesday evening, July 22 at the age of 89. Mary was born March 16, 1926 in Springfield, IL to Bartolo and Lucia Richiusa who had immigrated from Sicily. Mary graduated from Cathedral Grade School and Sacred Heart Academy. Her first job was at the Lunch Box Drive-in where she met her future husband Frank. Upon his return from WWII, Mary and Frank were married on May 25, 1946. They remained inseparable companions for nearly 67 years of marriage until Frank’s death in 2013.
Mary was totally devoted to her family and to her Catholic faith. She was very active in Cathedral Parish where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, the Parents Club, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine and The Legion of Mary. Mary was also a faithful volunteer for many years at the Marian Center, The Heart Association, Cathedral Grade School and as an election poll worker. In addition to volunteering and raising a family, Mary also worked at Sacred Heart Academy, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health and at several part time jobs over the years. Mary was an avid letter writer and sent thousands of cards during her lifetime to family and friends. She never missed an opportunity to recognize all the special occasions of our lives. Mary also enjoyed baking pizzelles, traveling, playing bunco, The Illinois State Fair, entertaining her grand kids and talking on the phone with her many friends. Wherever Mary went, she always seemed to know someone and would take the time to catch up with their lives.
Mary is survived by one brother, Joe Richiusa (Springfield) and four children, Steve (Donna) Matheis (Springfield), Rita Messinger (Springfield), Paul (Linda) Matheis (Indianapolis) and Mark (Linda) Matheis (Quad Cities). She also has ten grandchildren, Teresa (Dave) Saner, Mark (JoAnne) Messinger, Cathy (JJ) Crawford, Brian (Lisa) Messinger, Christine (Patrick) Kolzow, Angela (John) Rykowski, David (Sarah) Matheis, Greg Matheis, Andy Matheis and Joe Matheis, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation: Visitation and rosary will be held at 9:30am, Monday, July 27th at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sixth and Lawrence, Springfield.
Funeral Mass: 11:00 am, Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with Reverend Seth Brown officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.