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Joseph B. Matuga

1932 - 2021



Joseph B. Matuga, age 89, of Highland, Indiana passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Munster Community Hospital. Survived by 3 children: Kathy (Mark) Doty, Matthew (Julie) Matuga and Janis Matuga; loving grandchildren: Chloe and Aidan Matuga; longtime Companion Joan D. Judge and her son Larry Judge; dear friends: Tom Goolik, Dennis Hoyda, Dr. Robert Thornton, John and Ron Pluskis; many other dear friends and loving relatives. Preceded in passing by his parents Andrew and Irene Matuga and brother Andrew, Jr.

Joe was born and raised in Indiana Harbor and was a proud Graduate of ECW High School and a graduate of Wabash College Class of 1954 where he was a standout player on the Baseball and Basketball Teams. He was also  Senior Class Secretary, Member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Captain of the basketball Team.  He then went on and earned his Law Degree at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Mr. Matuga was a longtime Attorney with offices in East Chicago, Griffith and Highland and also served as a Lake County Probate Commissioner with over 30 years of service. When he wasn't working he enjoyed being with family and friends on vacations and attending many sporting events, especially Notre Dame Football games.

Private Funeral and Cremation Services were held Thursday, July 8, 2021.  Burial Services were held the next day at St John Cemetery, Hammond, IN, with Father Stanley Dominic, officiating. His integrity and kindness will always  live on in the memories of all who knew and loved him. Arrangements entrusted to Oleska-Pastrick Funeral Home, East Chicago, IN.

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Randy Godshalk

July 12, 2021 6:12 PM

He was one of the first judges I appeared in front of when I started practicing. He was very kind to me and helped me learn the probate practice.. His wit and spirit cannot be replaced.

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July 9, 2021 10:51 AM

Joe was a man of quick wit, intelligent conversation, & an excellent sense of humor. Also generous, kind, & fun to be around. May God bless Joe, the Matuga family, & those that loved/cared for him.

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The Krausnicks

July 9, 2021 8:40 AM

We offer our heartfelt condolences over the loss of your father. Joe was a wonderful, kind and warm man. We will miss him.
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