Isabella Elaine Matea, 94, daughter of the late Joseph W. & Emma (Flango) Youhon, was born at Houtzdale, PA, March 13, 1925. She graduated from Woodward High School, Houtzdale, PA.
May 6, 1944, she married Thomas Paul Matea at Saint Laurence Roman Catholic Church, by pastor, Father Joseph Seyboldt. Plans were being made by family for Golden Anniversary celebration, but the Lord called Tom to his heavenly home 8 months before the date. Isabella is survived by granddaughters Eva Sichko and Becky Matea, and 3 great-grandchildren Celeste Snyder, Hunter Cassatt, and Gabriel Sichko. She is also survived by sisters, Mary Ann Stasik, Gloria Patrick, and Kathleen Kruis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Paul, her son Thomas John, an infant son, and daughter, Debbie Marie. She was also preceded in death by brothers Wallace, Joseph, and James Youhon and a sister Mary.
Over the years Isabella worked at Anita’s Restaurant, Houtzdale, wrote weekly column of local news for Tyrone Daily Herald newspaper, General Cigar Factory, Philipsburg, PA, for several years at a local deli.
Isabella enjoyed doing volunteer work until 2005 when for health reasons; her dear son took her to live with him and family in Saxton, PA.
Throughout the years she remained active in Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Saint Victoria #646, Houtzdale A member over 55 years; Rosary Altar Society, Christ the King; Christian Women’s Club; Houtzdale Fire Ladies Auxiliary; Moshannon Valley Knight Booster Club Ladies Auxiliary; Sanborn Grange #2016; Ladies Auxiliary of Houtzdale American Legion #591; Discussion Club- prayer group- started by Father L. Kuziora
At all times her great loves were husband, son, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, relatives, and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, Dudley with Father Marino Msigalo officiating.
Friends and Family may call at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the hour of Mass.
Burial will be held privately at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Houtzdale, PA.
If friends so desire memorial contributions may be made in memory of Isabella to the Immaculate Conception Church Dudley or Christ the King Catholic Church.
Arrangements by Akers Funeral Chapel, 715 Church Street, Saxton, PA 16678. www.akersfuneral home.com
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