March 26, 1935 to March 29, 2014
Adam Mattes of Northeast
Philadelphia passed away Saturday, March 29, 2014. He was 79.
Adam was the beloved husband of
Maria (nee Dickmann) Mattes for 56 years. He was the devoted father of
Jack Mattes and Rosalie Matico (Husband Ross); dear Opa to Christian;
and dear brother of Elisabeth Pohl (Oskar).
Adam was born on March 26, 1935
in Brestowatz, Yugoslavia. He was the son of Jakob and Elisabeth (nee
Gerich) Laforsch. His father passed away when he was 13 months. He was
adopted by his mother's new husband, Johann Mattes, and moved to
Filipowa, Yugoslavia. After WWII he moved with his mother, sister,
Elisabeth (nee Mattes) Pohl, and late brother, Anton Mattes to Austria
where he began his lifelong career as a baker.
In 1956 his family emigrated to
the United States and settled in Philadelphia, PA. He fell in love with
Maria Dickmann and they married on April 12, 1958. They had two
children, Jackob and Rosalie. Over the years Adam worked in different
bakeries, and for a short time worked at Laneko, a tool and die shop. He
accomplished his dream of owning a bakery in 1972. Adam's Bakery became
a family business with his wife, children, and many nieces and nephews
Adam was very active in both the
German American and Soccer Communities. He was a founding member of both
the Danube Swabian Association of Philadelphia and the Danubia Soccer
Club. He served multiple roles: coaching and managing soccer teams as
well as dance instructor for the Youth Group. He served as President of
the Danube Swabian Association for 12 years. He also served as President
of the United Soccer League.
He was active in the Verband der
Donauschwaben USA, serving as President of the Eastern Region. He loved
to ski and started many of us on our own love for skiing. His new
favorite role in life was Oda to Christian Matico! He touched many of
our lives as a teacher of dance and soccer.
Relatives and friends are invited
to his Viewing Wednesday April 2, 2014, 9 to 10:45 AM at the Fletcher-Nasevich
Funeral Home, 9529 Bustleton Ave. Funeral Mass 11:30 AM Church of the
Maternity B.V.M. Interment in Resurrection Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions may be made to Danube Swabian Foundation, USA c/o Rosalia
Burmeister, Secretary 12568 Semora St. Cerritos, CA 90703 or to Danube
Swabian Association of Philadelphia 1277 Southampton Rd. Philadelphia,
er ruhen in Frieden!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9:00 AM until 10:45 AM
9529 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Maternity BVM Roman Catholic
9220 Old Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia,, PA 19115