Theresa J. Matino
When Italians toast, they say “cent’ anni” which means “a hundred years”. The wish is to
live a healthy, vibrant life to 100. It is rare that one actually does. Theresa Matino lived 106 of
them. It is with heavy hearts we share that Mrs. Theresa Matino, our amazing mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt and friend passed away
peacefully with her family by her side, on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021, at Geisinger St.
Luke’s Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Frackville, PA, on June 6, 1915, Theresa was the daughter of the late Francesco
and Rosina Tancredi. She married Neal Peter Matino in 1932. She lived in her childhood home
for 106 years, raising two sons, and taking care of her parents until their deaths.
Theresa was a wonderful student who loved her academic studies. She often shared fond
memories of her school years, especially her teachers, who saw academic vigor and promise in
Theresa, asking her to join their after school drama club and advanced foreign language classes.
When asked what she would have liked to be if she had the opportunity to go to college, Theresa
Theresa was an avid reader and learner, she enjoyed her daily crossword puzzle and
delighted in beating her family members in Scrabble. Even up to her final years, Theresa talked
politics and current events. She had a brilliant mind.
She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church in
Shenandoah, PA. She spent many years working for her church and loved the annual Feast Day
of Our Lady. Theresa created beautiful hand-held floats called “cintas” that were proudly carried
throughout the streets during the procession. Her work with the church was consistent and
In addition to her parents, Theresa was preceded in death by her loving husband, Neal;
siblings Jennie Carlone, Mary Cadau, Rachael Nause, Genaro and John Tancredi.
Surviving are two sons, Frank Matino, of Shenandoah, PA with whom she resided; and
Nicholas Matino and his wife, Frances, of Corinth, NY. Three granddaughters, Mary
Roehrenbeck (Rece), Teresa Garcia (Alan) and Nicole Matino; five great-grandchildren, Megan,
Katherine, and Francesca Roehrenbeck and Nicholas and Lindsey Garcia and most recently a
great-great granddaughter, Charlotte, in which she marked a “5th Generation” celebration; and
many special nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Also, dear friends, Bill and Anna
Boychak, who she considered family.
Theresa delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they adored her. She
firmly believed in family and was committed to passing on her Italian traditions by teaching them
sewing, storytelling, cooking and baking. It was amazing to see how engaged they were when
she discussed, in detail, events that she lived through that they were learning about.
Nothing brought her more joy, however, than her “open house”. Aunt Theresa, as so
many call her, would open her doors during many holidays for friends and family to stop by for a
quick pick-me-up or some delicious treats. She loved to laugh, talk, and entertain anyone who
would stop by. The more the merrier in her eyes.
People would often ask the secret to her longevity. Theresa believed in a healthy
Mediterranean diet consisting of little to no preservatives in her food, optimism, always giggling,
staying social and the occasional bottle of beer! She wrote handwritten cards and notes for every
occasion to each family member, right up until she passed. We will miss these forms of
communication the most. Her optimism, charm and brilliance are treasures to this world and ones
we can all learn to live by.
Funeral Arrangements are being provided by Oravitz Home for Funerals, Inc., 40 N.
Jardin St. Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 6th at 11am in
Divine Mercy Parish-Sacred Worship Site-St. Casimir's, 229 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah by Fr. Christopher Zelonis.
A visitation will take place from 10 to 10:45am at the church.
Burial will follow in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.
This celebration of Theresa’s life will be held on what would have been
her 107th birthday. The family requests memorial contributions be sent to your favorite charity.
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