Robert W Matty

Born: Sat., Jun. 25, 1927
Died: Fri., Aug. 26, 2011


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 30, 2011
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Tue., Aug. 30, 2011
Location: Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, P.A.


Funeral Service

9:00 AM Wed., Aug. 31, 2011
Location: St. John Catholic Church


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Command Sgt. Major Robert W. “Bob” Matty, 84, of Westminster, died Friday, August 26, 2011 at the Carroll Hospital Center.  Born June 25, 1927 in Star Junction, PA, he was the son of the late Katherine M. Urick Matty and Joseph Andrew Matty.  He was the husband of Helga Matty, his wife of 57 years.

He served in the US Army for 30 years and retired as a Command Sgt. Major.  He fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam where he received many metals during his tenure.  After Vietnam he worked in the ROTC Department at Western Maryland College. He devoted his life to the Army and after retirement from the Army he continued working in the ROTC department, served as Treasurer of the Berlin US Military Veterans Association and was a member of St. John Catholic Church, life member of American Legion Post No. 31 and VFW Moleville Post No. 467.  He also enjoyed traveling, gardening, and trains.

Besides his wife he is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Elaine and Brian Green of Westminster and Linda and Roger Imes of Reading, PA;  sons and daughter-in-law Steve and Dolores Matty of Manchester and Michael Matty of Glen Rock, PA, brothers Henry and Melvin Matty; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral Home, 254 E. Main St., Westminster.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.  Interment with military honors will follow in Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John Catholic Church Building Fund in Westminster or the charity of your choice.

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Fr. Micheas Langston, OSB
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Bob & Helga were among the familiar faces I always looked forward to seeing at the Berlin reunions. This coming Wednesday, as his Funeral Mass is celebrated in Westminster, I'll offer Mass for him & Helga at Ft. Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center Chapel. May God reward Bob,, especially for all he did to make the Berlin U.S. Military Veterans Association what it is today!

Fred Sanford
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
I wish to express my condolences to Helga and Bobs family. I met Bob at several of the BUSMVA reunions. I found out that he was also in the BRO. He will definitely be missed. He was a true gentlemen and a nice guy. He was a member of the greatest generation and he will be moving on to be with other heroes in God''s Kingdom. Fred and Colleen Sanford

Rita Dell Walker
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Helga,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. Mr. Matty was a mentor, father figure and friend when I worked with him at Western Maryland College ROTC. I remember him being helpful and outgoing to everyone he had contact with at the college. He loved to talk to the cadre and students, drink his coffee and laugh. He will be missed by many. My prayers are with you and your family, I know you will keep him close in your hearts forever.

Rita

Rita Dell Walker
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Helga,

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. Mr. Matty was a mentor, father-figure and friend when we worked together at Western Maryland College ROTC. He loved being around people, and everyone loved your husband. I can still see him carrying his coffee cup around, laughing and talking with the cadre and students while working. He was a very good man, who touched the lives of many. May you find peace and comfort in the memories of your life together. God bless you and your family.

Rita

Henry Herman
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
"Brothers to the End"

Together; as Brothers:
We laughed and cried.
Together as Brothers;
We fought side by side.
These two different worlds
From which we came.
But in our hearts
we were one and the same.
This place, this creed
that we live by,
I would never have dreamed
That you would ever die.
To those who remember
You were a man among men.
To me you were more.
To me you were a friend.

Some day, somewhere
We will meet again,
Because we will always be
BROTHERS TO THE END!

Rest in Peace old soldier!!!

Don & Barbara Stanley
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Bob and Helga were always there to greet us at the BUSMVA reunions and became great friends along the way. I was highly honored to assist him on the Normandy tour last year in laying the wreath at the Henry Chapelle American cemetery in Belgium. It was a privilege and and honor to know such a great guy and a hero. God bless.
Helga, wir denken an dich und deiner Familie. Wir schicken gute Gedanken für dich in dieser schweren Trauerzeit. Bob war wirklich ein guter Mann und wir hatten viele gute und lustige Unterhaltungen mit ihm. Wir werden ihn sehr vernissen. Wenn wir dihr irgent wie behilflich sein können bitte rufe uns an.
Bärbel & Bergie

Michael M. Keohane
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Helga : I met you and Bob for the first time in Berlin in 2010. I had corresponded with Bob for some time before we met and already considered him to be a friend. I have a picture of the three of us at McNair that I will always treasure. I regret that I could not spend more time with you & Bob. May the Good Lord hold you in the palm of His hand and may Bob be seated at His side.

DeeDee und Jim Bronaugh
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Liebe Helga,
Jim und ich moechten Dir und Deiner Familie unser herzliches Beileid ausdruecken.

Was man tief in seinem Herzen besitzt,

kann man nicht durch den Tod verlieren.

Joh. Wolfgang v. Goethe

Ein stiller Gruss, DeeDee und Jim Bronaugh


charles and Nancy Hilsky
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Nancy and I send our condolences to our friend Helga, we will always remember the friendship over 15 years as a member of the Berlin Veterans Association. Charles and Nancy Hilsky

Barbara Leonard Matty, Cynthia Marie Matty, Katherine Matty Washburn, Stephanie Rose Matty
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Words alone cannot express my sympathy on the untimely death of Uncle Bob, father, brother, grand-father, and friend. To say that his time with us was far too short is an understatement. The reality is that all who loved and knew him will sorely miss him.

I hope the outpouring of sympathy received since his parting has been of some consolation for Aunt Helga and his children and serves as a reminder to everyone of how well-loved and liked he was.

I hope that Aunt Helga and her family will find peace and comfort in knowing that his suffering is over and he is at peace.

May God bless you all in your time of sorrow.

Tom and Diane Hartney
   Posted Sat August 27, 2011
Dearest Helga and family,
We are saddened by Bob's passing away.
Every year we looked forward to seeing both of you at the Berlin reunion.
You always were so cheerful and kind to people around you.
May you find happiness in your memories of Bob for the last 57 years.
May God look down on you today and always until you both meet again.
Toma and Diane Hartney

jim barnes and hildegard.. barnes
   Posted Sun August 28, 2011
did not know charley. but from what i have read about him, he must have been one hellof a good friend and solider

William & Margie Kegerreis
   Posted Sun August 28, 2011
Helga, Margie and I wish to express our deepest sympathy, Since our Berlin reunions, we have always held our best regards to you and Bob. We missed you both at our last reunion. When we last saw you both on our trip from Berlin to Paris. Bob and I talked at length about old times at the reunions and I got to know you both a lot better. You are wonderful friends. We will miss bob so much. Please take care and lets keep in touch. Bill and Margie Kegerreis. Ps Each Reunion, when bob would send me our tour tickets, he would send me side notes about the time he spent at Fort Knox and visiting E-town, really appreciated it.

Barbara Matty
   Posted Sun August 28, 2011
Words alone cannot express my sympathy on the untimely death of Uncle Bob, father, brother, grand-father, and friend. To say that his time with us was far too short is an understatement. The reality is that all who loved and knew him will sorely miss him.

I hope the outpouring of sympathy received since his parting has been of some consolation for Aunt Helga and his children and serves as a reminder to everyone of how well-loved and liked he was.

I hope that Aunt Helga and her family will find peace and comfort in knowing that his suffering is over and he is at peace.

May God bless you all in your time of sorrow.

Betsy O''Rourke
   Posted Sun August 28, 2011
Linda,

From the many times that you have spoken of your father, I have learned what an hornorable soldier and veteran he was. The love that I know you and your family have for your father is GREAT! To be able to honor him and give him this dignified send off is to be commended. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and I know that your father is in a wonderful place, at rest and at peace.

Your friend, Betsy

Leslie and Wanda Faurie
   Posted Mon August 29, 2011
We wish to express our condolences to Helga and family. We will always remember Bob's friendly smiles and sense of humor at the BUSMVA reunions.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Leslie and Wanda Faurie

Pete and Joyce Wahlert
   Posted Mon August 29, 2011
Helga, we are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing, we want to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Pete and I have cherised the years of our friendship since we came to the first BUSMVA reunion. You and your family are in our prayers.

Pete and Joyce Wahlert
BUSMVA friends from Colorado

Patty Zawistowski
   Posted Mon August 29, 2011
Dear Elaine and Family,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Let the love of those around you help you in the coming days. Thinking and praying for you all.

Patty

Sr Lenette Marcello SND
   Posted Wed August 31, 2011
To all the members of the Matty Family,
You have our loving thoughts, prayers, and sympathy at this time and in days to come. Remembering how the world has been blessed by the life of Bob Matty, we are thankful for his faith, his service to our country, and his love and devotion to his family, and your love and care for him.
Lenette
Fran & John Lee
Joanne & Carl Rosier
Don & Barb Marcello
Tom & Liz Marcello
Rich & Jenni Marcello

Michael W. Kilmer
   Posted Wed August 31, 2011
To Helga and all the Matty family,
We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing on. We really missed him at the Fairfax reunion and will always miss his great sense of humor. Our prayers are with you.

Mike and Joanne Kilmer

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