William Von Matt

Obituary of William Von Matt

William P. Von Matt, 66, of Lee Center, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 13, 2017. He was born in Rome on December 9, 1950, the son of the late Walter and Clara Von Matt. Bill was a 1969 graduate of Rome Catholic High and earned an Associate's Degree in Animal Science from SUNY-Cobleskill. Here, he met his future wife, Christine Reistetter. Bill enlisted in the United States Army serving from 1971-1973. He married Christine on August 5, 1972 in Binghamton, a blessed union of over 44 years. They spent their first year in Germany where he served with the Signal Corp, and during his time off, visited Stans, Switzerland where Bill's grandfather, Adolph, was born.

Bill was a hardworking dairy farmer on Maple Lane Farms, Inc. with his father and brother. At an early age, he had a passion for science and history. After he retired from dairy farming, Bill continued to spend time making maple syrup and started a thriving vegetable garden, which he proudly shared with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed his work as a courier for Mohawk Glen Imaging.

Bill was a member of St. Joseph's Church and Choir, Oneida County Ballroom Dance Club, One Hundred Dance Club, Lake Delta Yacht Club, and Ava Dorfman Center. He was also a director for Farm Credit and Farm Bureau. One of his favorite pastimes was playing chess and he was an avid reader. Bill had a humble, peaceful, and generous nature and touched the lives of many with his spirited storytelling.

Surviving besides his loving wife, Christine, is a son, David Von Matt of Campbell, CA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamara and Mark Simpson of Cary, NC, and Julianne and Gregory Barnes of North Brookfield, NY; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynda and John Wood and Susan and Frank Davis of Lee Center; a brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Diana Von Matt of Lee Center; six precious grandchildren, Xander, Aurora, Eli, Ben, Ethan, and Layla; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11:00am at St. Joseph's Church in Lee Center. Interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, from 4-7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill's memory may be made to the St. Joseph's Church Memorial Fund.

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