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Charles J. Matlak

October 15, 1947

November 12, 2023

On Sunday, November 12, 2023. Beloved husband of 52 years to Mary Matlak; father of the late Jennifer Andrew; brother-in-law of the late Carl (Christine survives) Kleysteuber; uncle of Peter Kleysteuber and Karen Karhoff; great uncle of Christopher, Jonathan, Benjamin, Joseph, and Thomas; also survived by many dear cousins and friends.

Chuck always enjoyed telling jokes and sharing them with whoever would listen. He had a love of music and would serenade Mary with “Twight Time”, loved polka choir with Aunt Helen and Uncle Bob, and led the singing for Mass at the nursing home. He enjoyed arts and crafts and had some lovely pieces and won the last art contest. Passed the time playing a few hands of cards with Mary just to humor her. Chuck never got tired of watching WWE and WWF wrestling most evenings on TV and Two and a half Men other nights. He enjoyed the Steelers when they were winning. His biggest love for most of his life was anything on wheels, a devoted NASCAR fan with his favorite driver Dale Earnhardt Sr., NHRA drag racing, and dirt track racing were his favorites. He was a supporter of Mt. Washington Observatory in New Hampshire and NASCAR Foundation. He lived his life by his favorite quote, “The road to victory requires the heart of a champion.”

Chuck liked telling people what to do including the nurses and aides at Mt. Lebanon Rehab and Wellness Center. He advocated for himself and for other residents when he became the president of resident council. He would speak up about changes that would help improve quality of life. He would sign up for most outings and didn’t let his wheelchair limit him. Chuck posted the daily activities and especially enjoyed calling bingo several times a week.

Although struggling with a many physical problems, he tried to stay active every day and socially engaged with staff and residents at the nursing home. He considered them friends and will be missed. He has “gone home to victory lane.”

Mary would like to thank the staff of Mt. Lebanon Rehab and Wellness Center where Charlie was a resident for the past 6 years.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the SZAFRANSKI-EBERLEIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., where family and friends will be received on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 3-7PM at 101 Third Street, Carnegie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, Ss. Simon and Jude Church, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 11:00AM. (412)276-1107


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