Michael John Mato, 82
Thurs. Oct. 5, 2000
WEIRTON – Michael John Mato, 82, died Tuesday, Oct 3, 2000, at Weirton Medical Center.
He was born in Toronto July 21, 1918, a son of the late Joseph and Susan Kridla Mato.
He retired as a high school teacher and principal of Wellsville High School and also as a chemist from the City of Weirton Sanitation Board. He graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor’s degree and from West Virginia University with a master’s degree of education. A veteran of the United States Army Air Force, he served during World War II.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where he served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and a member of the church’s Holy Name Society. He was a past member of the St. Paul School Board. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 86, a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2187 and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of Toronto. He was past commander of the Civil Air Patrol in Wellsville and a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Vera Pigan Mato, whom he married in Weirton, Feb. 11, 1950; two sons, Michael Gregory Mato and his wife, Jaci and Douglas Mato and his wife Marlene of Weirton; two sisters, Madge Olesky of Irondale and Irene Perlosky of Weirton; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph Mato, Paul Mato, and two infant brothers; and three sisters, Mary Zinch, Ann Yasko and Elizabeth Blabac.
A Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held at 10 a.m.Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at the church, 3500 Main St., Weirton. The Weirton VFW Post 2716 Firing Squad, Weirton American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard and the Tri-State Marine Corps. Club will accord military honors at the St. Paul Cemetery Mausoleum.
Friends may call at the Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home, 380 Penco Road, Weirton, fom 7 to 9 tonight and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, where the Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 3, and a wake service will be held at 7.
The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contribution to the St. Paul Church Memorial Fund, 140 Walnut St., Weirton W. Va. 26062