Maxine Virginia (Laster) Matis, 66, of St. Johnsville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at New York Presbyterian Hospital with her loving family by her side.
She was born March 6, 1947 in Albany, the daughter of the late Max and Eleanor (Wimmett) Laster. Maxine was a graduate of Mont Pleasant High School, class of 1965. She furthered her education at SUNY Cobleskill.
Her marriage of 45 years to Daniel Matis, Jr. took place in 1968.
Mrs. Matis was employed as a medical secretary in the OB/GYN field for over 25 years at Little Falls and St. Elizabeth hospitals. She was an active member of the Money For Us Investment Club, and a former member of the St. Johnsville Youth Center and Sports Booster Club.
A devoted mother and grandmother, she was known for preparing Sunday pasta dinners, where all were welcome. At all times and especially during the holidays, Maxine dedicated much of her time baking, cooking and decorating. She always enjoyed entertaining family and friends.
Maxine was an avid sports fan of the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter and Syracuse basketball. While residing in Florida, she was especially proud to be a season ticket holder of the 1972 Miami Dolphins perfect season.
Throughout many years, Maxines greatest joy was attending her childrens and grandchildrens athletic and scholastic events both far and near.
Maxine was passionate about politics, current events and could entertain a debate with all. She was well known for reading newspapers, listening to music, especially Elvis, and conversing with friends late into the night. She took pride in her ability to use her great language skills and enjoyed completing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.
She made frequent visits to New York City with family and friends, where she enjoyed her love of culture, shopping and being a foodie. She also treasured several family vacations to Fire Island and a special trip to New Orleans.
Maxine's generosity, genuine concern and her loyalty to people could not be surpassed. Many friends and family whom she shared her great knowledge and expertise in sports, cooking, politics, finances and vocabulary will cherish her memory.
Survivors include her loving husband of 45 years, Daniel; two sons, Paul Matis, of New York City, and Jordan Matis, of Syracuse; a daughter, Dina Brundage and husband, Jason, of St. Johnsville; three cherished grandchildren, Adelina, Jack and Will Brundage; brother-in-law, Timothy Matis, of St. Johnsville; a sister-in-law, Pauline Smith, of St. Johnsville; five nieces, Dana (Chuck) Shimkus, of Connecticut, Paula (David) DuFault, of Connecticut, Diane Zimmer, of California, Ann Matis, of Tennessee, and Rebecca (Kevin) Fitzgibbons, of Colorado; two nephews, Ray Matis, of Gloversville, and Dain (Julia) Zimmer, of Syracuse.
She was pre-deceased by her step-father, Harry Folsom; sister-in-law, Sharon Zimmer, and husband, Richard; brother-in-law, Melvin Smith, and her mother and father-in-law, Lena (Sindici) Matis and Daniel Matis, Sr.
Page 2 of 2 - Friends and relatives may call at the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 20 Bridge St., St. Johnsville (518-568-7040), on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions in Maxines name may be made to Multiple Sclerosis, 706 Haddenfield Rd., Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002, (for her sister-in-law, Sharon Zimmer) or to Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090 (for her mother-in-law and brother-in-law, Lena Matis and Melvin Smith). To add to Maxines online memorial please go to www.vincenteneafuneralservice.com.