ROCHELLE — Thad Matychowiak, 96, of Rochelle, formerly of Mt. Morris, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 in Rochelle Community Hospital.
Thad was born April 12, 1922 in Pinckneyville, the son of Thaddeus and Ida (Kellerman) Matychowiak.
He farmed near Mendota with his father until 1972, when he moved to Loveland, Colorado to care for his parents. He owned and operated Kelim Maintenance in Kelim, Colorade from 1972-1993, and then operated machine shops in Chana and Mt. Morris.
Thad officially retired on Dec. 31, 2015 and moved to San Gabriel Assisted Living, now Hawthorn Inn of Rochelle, in July 2016. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting with his customers, who he considered friends, and he was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Marilyn (Bill) Ellerby of Sandwich, Mark (Becky) Miller of Dixon, Father Marty Miller of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Will (Diane) Miller of Glen Ellyn and Eden Matychowiak of California; a great-niece and two great-nephews, Libby (Jon) Aubry of South Bend, Indiana and Evan and Dawson Miller of Glen Ellyn; and brother, Tom (Carol Penn) Matychowiak of Brookings, Oregon.
Thad was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Francis; and sister, Lucille Miller.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, with Rev. Joseph P. Naill officiating. Interment to follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon prior to the funeral on Saturday.
Memorials in Thad’s name may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon. Thad’s family would like to express special gratitude to the staffs at Hawthorn Inn Assisted Living and Rochelle Community Hospital.
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