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Stan Matel

April 15, 2014

  Stan Matel, 65, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at       the University Of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

He was born July 2, 1948 at Grand Rapids, MI, and grew up in Ann Arbor.  He graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, CA.  Stan served in the United States Marine Corp serving two tours of duty in Vietnam.  He received the Purple Heart.  After he was discharged from the military he moved back to California.  He worked for the V.A. and received his plumber’s license. Mr. Matel worked for many years for ODICO and then worked over 25 years at St. Marys Academy & College.  He had lived in Washington State before moving to St. Marys in 1985.  He was a Member of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders.

Stan was preceded in death by a sister Janis Rose Matel.

He was married to Marianne Reuter.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his parents, Tony and Marge Matel; five daughters, Annie Marie Wheeler, Beth Margaret Martin, Joanne Mary McCoy, Regina Michelle Spradley and Cathie Monica Matel; a brother, A.J. Matel; a sister Sue Matel; 8 grandchildren with one on the way.

Requiem Mass will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Assumption Chapel in St. Marys.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, St. Marys.  A Rosary will be recited at 5:50 P.M. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Assumption Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made in Stan’s name for the care of his wife Marianne and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St. St. Marys, Kansas 66536.MCL_EMBLEM_FROM_KEN

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12 thoughts on “Stan Matel

  1. Marianne and family,
    We know Stan was the rock and strength of your family and it will be hard without him! His accomplishments were many in his work but his greatest joys were his wife and his daughters. He was so proud of all of you and was happy to recount what you were up to when we saw him. You are his greatest “accomplishments.” Hold tight to his memory. He and all of you are in our prayers every day!
    God keep you all through this difficult time!
    Claudy & Peggy

    • You do realize that the girls have yet another sister right? Mona Bick of Polson Montana. She is a wonderful woman who has raised 2 lovely children. It had often saddened her that despite her efforts to reach out to Stanley she never connected with her siblings. Her daughter Claire is an accomplished equestrian who is currently attending Dartmouth College in New Hampshire on a Bill and Melinda Gates full scholarship. He would have been quite proud of this grand daughter. I am Mona’s aunt and she has no knowledge of my writting of this message. I always felt it was just sad that Mona never enjoyed knowing her other siblings. Please take no offense. Sincerely Aunt Bonnie

  2. What comes to mind in admiration about Stan was his absolute refusal to take praise for his hard work. He was among men often in his work on the campus, but also seemed to be a loner. I liked that. I also liked that I could never be sure when we met back in those days if he were upset, distracted, or just didn’t notice much of the outside world. All human persons are finally mysteries, even to themselves. Sarge, old soldier, not the least. We will miss seeing you around town, Stan.

  3. Dear Stan, you look splendid in the picture, you always knew how to clean up nicely for the great occasions. But I rather remember you grouchy, chewing tobacco, cap nailed to your head, a thousand keys hanging from your belt, full of ideas and new projects, and worried about the next disaster area requiring your attention. I never met a man with your determination and generosity. Rest in peace, my friend, but not for long… the angels have already a list of jobs for you. Don’t worry, there are no snakes in Heaven. But now rest a little, you have deserved it. And know that every stone on campus is crying for you, and so is your old friend.

  4. Stan was a quiet, peaceful gentleman, whenever I was around him. He was great friend to the Greidanus family in St. Mary’s, my dad & brothers always spoke highly of Stan. Prayers to all of his family. I met a few of the girls back in the day at the Turkey shoots.
    Love & God Bless
    Tim & Karen (Greidanus) Simo

  5. Thank you so much for the all the thoughtful notes and all of the prayers for my father. I know that my whole family takes comfort in them and are amazed by how many people have reached out not only here but in so many ways. The thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated. He is truly missed by all of us and it is to nice to know how much he was loved and appreciated by others.

    • My Grandmother passed away on Sunday (12/30/17) and her passing has opened up much family speculation and history, so things have risen to the surface once again. I am Stan’s first daughter. He went to school in CA with my Mom. I have known about him almost all of my life, but until I was a Mom myself I hadn’t the desire to find out anything about what I call “the mystery side” of me. I had a good Dad. My Mom married shortly after I was born, but as a Mom you start thinking about what could be lurking to hurt your children so I started looking into things. I visited with Stan, I’m thinking shortly before he passed. He had told me there wasn’t anything horrific in our DNA, he had Luekemia from Nam and Agent Orange, but of course that isn’t hereditary. Anyway, with Gram passing I decided to see if there was an obituary for Stan and I found you. Thought I would reply and see if anyone was still looking at the guest book. Probably not…worth a try. I recently did the Ancestry DNA kit and was hoping that someone from my mystery side would be a link and things could start up from there, but maybe this is the start instead?. This may come as a shock, I’m sorry, I did talk to Stans parents many years ago, recently to Sue & Stan and I sent a letter AJ, but no one seemed interested in a daughter, niece, grandchild. I have a loving family…it was O.K. If you are at all interested in visiting with me my name is Mona Bick, I live in Polson Montana, my email is bickfarm4@gmail.com. My phone number is 4062532595, but I don’t usually answer unknown numbers. I am on Facebook, but rarely look at it…I only started it to look at pictures when my daughter went away to college. I hope this is enough information to find me interesting enough to contact. Thanks for reading!

  6. So sorry to hear about Stash. I am so happy I got to meet him and his family. They even put me up for a week end when the Packers played Kansas City. You showed us a wonderful time and a trip I won’t forget.
    Your trips to Green Bay always had us laughing steady. Stash you have been a good friend and since you have made several trips to Green Bay, the town will never be the same. It is a much better place now that you have come to visit. You will be missed but never forgotten. We sure won’t let that happen.
    Go Packers.

  7. Prayers for the repose of the soul of Stan Matel and for his family. Stan did so much good for St. Mary’s and those good works will not go unnoticed. May he rest in peace.

  8. My prayers and condolences to all the Matel family; Mr. Matel was a hard-working man who did so much for the school.

  9. To the family of Stan Matel,
    I’m very sorry about the death of your loved one. I wanted to share the scriptural hope that gave me so much comfort and I hoped it would comfort you also. The Bible shows that God did not intend for humans to die. (Romans 5:12). It also calls death an enemy. (1 Corinthians 15:26). God has made arrangements to remove death forever. (Isaiah 25:8). God has also set a time when he purposes to resurrect our loved ones who have already died. (John 5:28,29). In the meantime, he promises to give us the inner peace to cope with our loss. (Philippians 4:7). Please go to jw.org to find satisfying answers using your own Bible. Sincerely, Susan Novak

  10. I wrote Father Angles, who hired Stan Matel to head SMAC maintenance in 1989. Father said, “I was praying for him and only last night my last prayer was for him. I find comfort in that. May he rest in peace. He did so much for Our Lady’s campus…”

    This is indeed true. All the major renovations that took place during the initial years under Father Angles were done by Stan Matel’s maintenance department. Just to list a few: Assumption Chapel: All the side altars, communion rails, the relic chapel (including the grill), the baptistry, the choir loft, the sacristy (2 levels), the lighting, the solemn pulpit, the Lympias Crucifix, bell carillon made and raised into place, etc. Dormitories: Canisius redone on 2nd and 3rd floors, Suarez, Loyola (including at the time a house chapel and a candy shoppe). Old power plant demolished. College Hall, 1st floor college (including reading room, conference room), all plumbing redone (Stan’s specialty, including a new lagoon). Immaculata’s belfry was restored and the cupola specially blessed and set in place. Bookstore expanded, classroom on 3rd floor library building. In Bellarmine, cafeteria and kitchen renovated to be new dining room (including reader’s podium) and kitchen. Breaking of Mission Street, St. Jude’s Plaza, ground floor entrance to admin offices. All parking lots paved. Total renovation and new floor in old gymnasium to be the new auditorium. And let’s not forget the great storm of 1993 that took off most of the roofs on campus on July 1. It was Stan’s organization and hard work that repaired–and in some cases totally replaced–damaged roofs and allowed school to open on time that September.

    May Stan fly through Purgatory (if he is detained), and reign soon with all the great builders of Our Lord’s Church in heaven.

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