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Rosalia Jane Matyn

July 25, 1924 — March 7, 2016

Rosalia Jane (Hon) Matyn, 91, of Grayling, left her earthly home on March 7, 2016. She was born on July 25, 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Rosalia J. (Mannheim) and Carl F. Hon, Sr. Rosalia was the valedictorian of her high school class of 1942. With her family, she moved to Michigan during W.W.II, settling in Grand Rapids. After the war, she moved to Detroit, and worked as a secretary for a small plastics company. Through a friend in the Daughters of Isabella, Eva Matyn, she met met Eva's husband Ed's cousin and best friend, George Matyn. Rosalia and George married at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Detroit on May 18, 1963. George loved to fish and they honeymooned in Grayling at the Brady cabin on Lake Margrethe. George and Rosalia had two daughters together, Marian and Alice, and with George's daughter Rose completed their family. Of their married life, Rosalia wrote,"It has been some adventure." After several years of weekend fishing in Grayling, they officially relocated there in 1969. Rosalia was a woman of deep, abiding faith and ethics. She was a strong, yet quiet supporter of her family, neighbors, church and community. She was a long time member of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, and participated in funeral luncheons for 35 years. She was a proud member of the Detroit chapter of the Daughters of Isabella for over 50 years. She was also a strong supported of Knights of Columbus, the Grayling School Bands, and quietly helped many in need. Most of her life was devoted to being a full time wife and mother and (dedicated) service to others. Rosalia was a special aunt to all of her red-haired Hipp nephews when they were young. Rosalia cared for her mother lived all of her life with great love and patience. Rosalia also helped care for her grandson, Zachary, during his early years. She had many fine qualities and talents, but sadly, cooking was not one of them. This was a trait that she inherited from her mother and perhaps her grandma, yet she made sure we all ate nutritious meals. She never (accomplished) getting her husband to eat broccoli. For decades there was always jello in the fridge. It was tradition to ask "who died"? It was always for funeral luncheons. If you ate jello after a Catholic Grayling funeral between 1969 and 2004 it was probably hers. Rosalia was a regular voter and an avid reader. She supported education and strong, smart capable women. She loved to do word and other puzzles and was legendary for easily wiping out all competitors in board,and card (especially cribbage) games. She was never afraid to politely express herself. Rosalia was a Hon, strong, determined, and at times stubborn. This enabled her to do a lot of good in her long life. Rosalia waited until her family left the room to quietly exit this life without fuss. We believe her spirit is at peace with God and while we will miss her terribly, we are grateful for her time among us and that her suffering is over. Survived by her husband George of 53 years; Daughters: Rosemary Matyn of Roseville and Marian (Rod Leslie) of Clare. Grandchildren: Shawn (Matthew) Vilk, Patrick (Lauren) Spears, and Zachary Leslie. Great grandchildren: Olivia, Ava, Savannah, and Vanessa Vilk. Sister in law: Evelyn Hon Also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews, many cousins, and friends. Preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Alice Matyn; sisters: Frances (George) Hipp; and Phyllis Hon (Sr. Rosalia Marie, O.P.); brothers: Edward (Altamae), Paul, and Carl (Irene) Hon; Nephews: Donny and David Hipp; and many other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home on Friday, March 11, 2016 between 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in the spring. Condolences may be sent to Memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation or American Diabetes Association. The family sends special thanks for everyone at Munson Hospice and Crawford Continuing Care Center. Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Rosalia Jane Matyn, please visit our flower store.


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