Rev. Stephen J. Matylewicz, known to his congregations as Father Steve or Father Jerry, 86, of Jermyn died Monday April 19th at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. His wife of 53 years is the former Maureen Wayman Nepa.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Stephen and Genevieve Golembeski Matylewicz, he resided in South Scranton until 1968, and spent 16 years in Carbondale before moving to Jermyn in 1986. He was educated in the Scranton School System and received his education for ministry through Marywood College, Moravian Seminary, and training by Diocesan Programs. He was ordained Deacon in June 1977 at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, and he was ordained as a Priest on October 28, 1978 in Trinity Episcopal Church, Carbondale, under Canon 8 of the Episcopal Church of America, Diocese of Bethlehem by Rt. Rev. Lloyd E. Gressle. He served as a Missionary Working Priest for 15 years in several parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem. He served at Trinity Church, Carbondale, Christ Church, Forest City, St. James Churches, Dundaff and Jermyn; St. George’s, Olyphant, St. Georges, Nanticoke, and the Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn, before becoming Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Carbondale, and Christ Episcopal Church, Forest City in November 1993, before retiring in June 2004. Prior to entering the full time ministry in 1993, he was employed by Oak, Inc., of Scranton for 27 years as Merchandise Manager, Buyer, and Chain Store Salesman Agent. He was active in the Carbondale Ministerium. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Carbondale Public Library, the Lackawanna County Library, and on the Education and Cultural Committee of Lackawanna County.
His wife of 53 years and his family were his greatest joy of his life. He loved family gatherings and kept in touch with cousins of his generation. He loved gardening, fishing, music, and New York Yankees baseball. He and his wife spent many happy hours following the sports careers of their grandsons, from little league through college in baseball, football, and basketball. The many years summering at Elk Lake and spending the winters in Florida filled his life with great joy.
Surviving are three sons: Stephen Matylewicz, Olyphant; Gary Matylewicz and wife Melanie, Scranton; Michael Nepa and wife D’Nan, Carbondale; two daughters: Lisa Gillette and husband Matthew, Carbondale; Laura Ashman and husband Thomas, Mohrsville; a son-in-law: Andrew Martin; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandra Jean Matylewicz and Julie Matylewicz Martin; three brothers: Raymond, Leonard, and Robert Matylewicz; and a sister: Maria Ann.
Friends may call Friday, April 23rd from 4 to 7 pm at the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale. Due to COVID-19, private funeral services will be held in the Trinity Episcopal Church, Carbondale with interment in Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the “Julie Matylewicz Martin Children’s Library Fund” at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 N. Main St., Carbondale, PA 18407.
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