Donald E. Matzner, 77 of Seymour, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at home with his family by his side.
Born Feb. 7, 1938, in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of Emil and Jenny Costanzo Matzner, both of whom preceded him in death. On May 14, 1982, in Los Angeles, he married Sylviane Verdie, who survives.
Don graduated in the Class of 1955 from Bellarmine Jefferson High School in Burbank, California, then received his Associate’s Degree from Pasadena City College in 1958, in Pasadena, California. He was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, where he worked as a youth minister until his retirement.
He was a former member of the Indiana National Guard. Don had many passions in his life. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much. He was very involved with many organizations in our community.
He showed his vast love for children with his involvement with Court Appointed Special Advocates also known as CASA, and serving as a foster grandparent with the program at St. Ambrose School. One of Don’s true passions was the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Father Rivet Assembly 247 and Council 1252, Seymour. He truly believed in giving back to the community any way he could.
Other survivors include children, Tammy (Bruce) Norrbom, Michael (Lori) Matzner, Lisa (Richard) Eaton and Michelle (Greg) Stephens; eight grandchildren, Derek (Rebecca) Norrbom, Daryl (Brie Darrnel) Norrbom, Shannon (Mike) Ascione, Christopher (Haley) Matzner, Zachery (Sarah Rutan) Stephens, Shelby Stephens, Aubrey Eaton and Reese Eaton; a great-grandchid, Kadence Ascione; and a brother-in-law, Jean Pierre Verdie.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Henriette and Pierre Verdie.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, with Father Dan Staublin officiating.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Voss Chapel and from 9 a.m. until time of service Monday at St. Ambrose. A Rosary service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Saturday by Knights of Columbus Council 1252 at the funeral home.
Inurnment will be at 6 p.m. Monday at St. Ambrose Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Ambrose Catholic School, CASA or Anchor House Family Assistance Center and Food Pantry.