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MATRE, George Robert

MATRE - George Robert Age 77 of Orrstown, PA, formerly from Western New York, passed away on January 17, 2011 after a valiant battle with brain cancer. Beloved husband of Geraldine (Rebmann Simon); father of Patricia (James) Bucki of Derby, NY, Bethann (John) Cournan of Chaffee, NY; stepfather of William (Ann) Simon of Granger, IN, Robert (Francine) Simon of Elma, NY, Linda (Rudolf) Bentlage of Copley, OH, and Laura Simon (Bruce Lindsay) of State College, PA; grandfather of thirteen and great-grandfather of two. Son of the late Ethel Lortz (Schueler) and Angelo Matre; brother of the late Ronald (Jan) Matre and Joan (late William) Vicaretto. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. George served in the US Navy during the Korean War era. He was employed in the aviation electronics field throughout his career which included extensive international travel. He was employed by Sierra Research Co. in Buffalo, NY for several years and retired from Raytheon Aircraft Co. in Wichita, KS in 1999. After retiring to Shippensburg, PA, George spent his time traveling with his wife of 31 years, gardening and woodworking. He was a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, camping and golf and had a passion for chess. He belonged to the Shippensburg Chess Club and taught chess to members of the Shippensburg Middle School Chess Club. The family requests that donations be directed to the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333, where George was lovingly cared for during his final days. Memorial celebrations of George's life will be held at later dates in Buffalo, NY and Orrstown, PA.

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