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Rosemary M. Mattiuz, 85, Kersey

Rosemary M. Mattiuz, 85, of Hayes Road, Kersey, passed away peacefully at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh on Sunday, May 12, 2024 following complications of a stroke.

She was born on May 5, 1939 in Kersey, a daughter of the late Francis and Helen Dietz Gahr. On October 27, 1990, in St. Boniface Church, she married Ernest "Ernie" Mattiuz, who survives. Together they shared nearly 34 years of love, laughter, and marriage.

Rosemary was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Church and was a beloved member of the Kersey community. She graduated from Kersey High School, class of 1957, and over the years worked at Stackpole Carbon Company and Thrift Drug. Throughout her life, Rosemary was very active and involved with the Elk County Farm Bureau, where she served for many years as the newsletter editor and county information director. She was the last original founding member of the Elk County Fair and had served as their secretary for more than 20 years. Some of her other accomplishments included the Fox Township Citizen of the Year Award, 1980 American Legion Meritorious Service Award, and Elk County Farmer of the Year Award in 2007.

Rosemary's life was marked by her love for farming and dedication to her community. She could often be seen in the fields, donning her pink and white hat, riding her tractor with a sense of purpose and joy. She loved the simple things in life, such as watching the birds and raking hay.

Her passion for farming and advocacy for agricultural issues was unwavering, and she found great fulfillment in her role within the organizations that supported farming. She enjoyed accompanying her husband to Farm Bureau legislative events and the friendships they made along the way. She was also known for her award-winning apple pie at the PA Farm Show. When she wasn't working on the farm, Rosemary enjoyed a quiet evening spent crocheting or putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

In addition to her husband, Ernie Mattiuz, she is survived by one daughter; Joann Stockman and her partner John Hall of Montoursville, and by one grandson; Austin Rees of Kersey. She is also survived by three siblings; Ray (Diana) Gahr of Kersey, Helen (Marvin) Riddle of St. Marys, and Frances "Penny" Thomas of Russell Spring, KY, as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son; Brian Stockman on January 17, 2024, by a sister; Cecelia Krise, and by two brothers in infancy.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rosemary M. Mattiuz will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00 AM at St. Boniface Church, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 with Fr. Kevin Holland, Pastor, as Celebrant.

Burial will be in the Parklawn Memorial Gardens in Ridgway.

Visitation will be held at the St. Boniface Church Gathering Space on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 9:45 AM until the time of the Mass.

Rosemary was an advocate for continued development for the future leaders and farmers, especially the mobile AG lab, therefore Memorial Contributions may be made to the PA Friends of Agriculture Foundation with her name in the memo line, PO Box 8736, 214 Senate Avenue, Camp Hill, PA 17001.

Krise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846 is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at

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