Obituary for Girda M (Monti) Matz | Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home and Cremation Services
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Girda M (Monti) Matz

June 10, 1922 ~ July 16, 2018 (age 96)

Girda M. “Gilda” Matz, 96, Pottsville, passed away Monday at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Born in Pottsville, June 10, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Julia (Piccioni) Monti.

She was a graduate of Pottsville High School and a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, and a member of the former St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church.  She worked as a seamstress at the former Colonial Blouse Factory.

In addition to her parents, Girda was preceded in death by her husband in 1980, the late Michael Matz.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter Elizabeth Kemmerling, and sisters Rita Chillemi and Julia Smith.

Girda is survived by four sons, John husband of Marybeth; Richard husband of Debra; Michael husband of Noralea; and Steven and his companion Helen; five daughters, Mary Louise “Cookie” Steiner; Nancy Potts wife of Salem; Patricia Pugh wife of William; Michaeleen “Micky” Murray wife of Alan; and Judith Doyle wife of Fran.  She is also survived by a brother, Faust Joseph Monti; two sisters, Vera Miller and Mary Kunisky.  She was blessed with 19 grandchildren, Dennis Steiner; Brian Potts; Kurt and Christopher Kemmerling; Sandra, William, Robert and Jamie Pugh; Jacqueline Gordon; Alan Murray; Christy Curtis; Fran Doyle; Megan Czerniak; Kevin, Connor, Zachary, Justin, Shawn and Jill Matz; and gifted with 17 great grandchildren, Eric Steiner; Jared, Alexander, Tyler and Adam Kemmerling; Jordan Mohl; Madelyn and Thomas Gordon; William and Matthew Pugh; Cameron, Abigail, Aaron and Wyatt Curtis; Luke and Emma Matz; Nicolas Buchanan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 PM on Saturday at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville. Monsignor William F. Glosser will be officiating. Family and friends may call Saturday morning from 10 AM until the time of mass at the church. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Hillside.

Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit to send a condolence to the Matz family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Girda’s name to the St. Patrick’s Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.

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