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John T Matarelli

May 26, 1944 July 10, 2021
John T Matarelli
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John Thomas Matarelli, 77, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 1:35 PM at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born to Julius and Josephine (Lavin) Matarelli on May 26, 1944, in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from St. Patrick High School in Kankakee in 1962, then attended Eastern Illinois University and later graduated from Bradley University in 1966 with a degree in Business. On August 29, 1970, John married the love of his life, Patricia Ryan; she survives. He spent his career at Makita Power Tools and Central Abrasives.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a step-mother Bettie Jane (Brandenburg) Shaffer-Matarelli, a brother Phillip Matarelli, aunts, and uncles.

He is survived by his three children: Mark (Michelle) Matarelli of Castle Rock, Colorado; Daniel (Christian Folse) Matarelli of Dallas, Texas; and Mary “Beth” (Patrick) Alwan of Peoria, Illinois. Grandchildren: Keagan (Ryan) Kotalik of Loveland, Colorado; and Sarah Matarelli of Castle Rock, Colorado; and John, Abraham, and Luke Alwan of Peoria, Illinois. He has one great-granddaughter: Nora Kotalik of Loveland, Colorado. John is also survived by siblings: Michael (Mary Kay) Matarelli of Venice, Florida; Mary Catherine Frickson of Bella Vista, Arkansas; a sister-in-law Judy Matarelli of Lockport, Illinois, and Gregory (Marcia) Matarelli of Rockwall, Texas; several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

John Matarelli enjoyed crossword scratch-offs, watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, reading the newspaper, most of all spending time with family and creating nicknames for everybody. John was an avid Chicago Bears, Notre Dame football, and Chicago Cubs fan. He attended St. Philomena Catholic Church every Saturday at 4:30 PM. He was an amazing and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Friends and family members will miss him dearly.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at St. Philomena Catholic Church.
Rev David Richardson officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Cremation rites will be accorded and a private burial of ashes will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial may be made to St. Philomena Church or Peoria Notre Dame High School.
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4:00 PM 7/13/2021 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/13/2021 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

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2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
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St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

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Peoria Notre Dame

5105 N Sheridan Rd
Peoria, IL 61614

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1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

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