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Eunice Matz

d. October 23, 2019

Hillsboro – Eunice Matz, 92, died October 23, 2019 at Salem Home in Hillsboro.  She was born September 27, 1927 to Gustav and Emma (Voth) Janzen in Goessel.  She married her soul mate of 73 years Raymond Matz June 22, 1946 in Hillsboro.  Survivors include: husband, Raymond Matz of Hillsboro; sons, Rick (Ruth) Matz of Wichita, Ray (Pat) Matz of Olathe, Reg Matz (Pam Buller) of Hillsboro; daughter, Eydie (Mike) Fellows of Newton; sister, Janice Plenert of Montana; numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.  Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 28, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Hillsboro with Pastor John Werner officiating.  Interment 10:00 a.m. Monday at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Hillsboro.  Family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials to the Church or the Hillsboro Senior Center in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com

Life Sketch Taken From the Funeral Bulletin

Eunice Aldean (Janzen) Matz was born September 17, 1927, to Gustav and Emma Janzen in Goessel.  She was the third in her family of five children.  Eunice received her elementary education in various places in Kansas.  She attended Goessel High School for three years then her senior year at Hillsboro High School where she graduated.

Upon her confession of faith, she was baptized in the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church.  She later became a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she took an active role as Sunday School Superintendent as well as children’s teacher.  Her love and devotion to the Lord was lived out in her faithful commitment to the life of the church.

            After high school graduation, she went to summer school at Tabor College earning a teaching certificate required at that time.  She went on to teach for one year at a rural school near Hillsboro.  On June 22, 1946, she married the love of her life, Ray Matz, who was discharged from The Merchant Marines.  They lived in Hillsboro all their married life.  Ray started his upholstery shop and had it for 61 years, and Eunice began work as a secretary in the middle and high schools once their children were of school age.  She worked for the school district for a total of 26 years.  After retiring from USD 410, she was asked to be the secretary for the Hillsboro Senior Center and worked there for 15 years often helping out to fill in when they needed her after that. 

            Eunice and Ray loved traveling both abroad as well as in the US.  They especially enjoyed trips with their children and grandchildren.  They spent their 45th wedding anniversary as a family at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies; for their 50th, they took the family to Hawaii, and their 55th they enjoyed a trip to Cancun, Mexico.  For their 60th they decided to stay home and celebrated at Zion Church, and their 65th was celebrated with a reception at the Hillsboro Senior Center.  Family was always one of the most important things to her.

            Eunice is preceded in death by her parents, Gustav Janzen and Emma (Voth) Janzen; by her siblings, Calvin Janzen, Adeline Banman, and Vernon Janzen. 

She leaves behind her husband of 73 years, Raymond Matz; sons Rick (Ruth), Ray (Pat), and Reg (Pam Buller); daughter Eydie (Mike) Fellows; sister, Janice Plenert of Montana; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Each one held a very special place in her    heart and life. 

            Eunice went home to Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on October 23, 2019.  She will be remembered and missed by so many. 

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6 thoughts on “Eunice Matz

  1. To Ray and family—So very sorry to hear of Eunice’s passing. What a wonderful lady she was. Knew her when she worked at the High School. God bless you all.

  2. Eunice lived a life of giving everything she could to those she loved. Her heart was big and she always felt touched to help those in need. She had a wonderful laugh and was happiest when her whole family was home eating her wonderful comfort food. She made the world a better place, and was loved.

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