The Rev. Matthew L. Winters, retired senior pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo, died Monday (Sept. 17, 2001) in Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, Pa., after a brief illness. He was 74.
Mr. Winters, of Mechanics-burg, Pa., was senior pastor of Holy Trinity Church for 17 years, retiring in 1992. He was associate pastor of the church from 1954 through 1960.
Born in Detroit, Mr. Winters had a bachelor of arts degree from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, and a master of divinity degree from Hamma Divinity School, also in Springfield. He received a doctor of divinity degree from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa.
An Army veteran, he served with the occupation forces in Japan and the Philippines from 1944 through 1946.
In between his Buffalo pastorates, he served for 15 years as senior pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camp Hill.
After his retirement, he became an active member of the Camp Hill church. Since 1998, he was national chaplain of the U.S. Constabulary Association.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Elizabeth Wiegand; a son, Matthew L. of Greensboro, N.C.; a daughter, Deborah of Waynesboro, Va.; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Camp Hill. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.