Anna Rose Matweecha

June 20, 2021

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    • Obituary
      Anna Rose Matweecha, 95, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2021, one day shy of her 96th birthday. Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Biaggio and Louise (Logudice) Pugliese and was a member of Annunciation Parish at St. Gabriel’s Church, Hazleton.

      Anna Rose was a devout catholic who had a deep and strong devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was passionate about her faith, attending mass, and reciting the rosary daily.

      She did not have the title of a nurse, but she cared for others as if she was one. Anna Rose took care of her mother, her five children, and for many years she managed her husband’s care at home while he battled with his illness.

      She had such enthusiasm for baking and cooking. She will always be remembered for her faithful and delicious Italian Sunday dinners with her family and guests. Spaghetti and meatballs were one of her specialties. No one left her house on an empty stomach or without a takeout meal. Christmas and Easter were her two favorite holidays. For Christmas she went all out will cookies of every type. She would have competitions with her sister Libby and brother Tommy to see who had the best decorated tree. Easter was no different with all the home made Easter eggs and homemade bread she made. She enjoyed doing all of it for her family. She also enjoyed going to BINGO and shopping. Most people who knew her enjoyed her sense of humor and quick wit. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

      Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband , Paul Matweecha May 29, 1994; brothers Alex, Thomas, Anthony, Francie, and Vincent Pugliese; and sisters Christina Gaultieri, Isabelle McMahon, Lucille Valasa, and Elizabeth Goulstone.

      A sincere thank you goes out to all the people who spent time with her, and to her special friends who watched over her, Jeanie, Mary Jo, Leslie, Rose, and Susan.

      Surviving are her daughters Louise Matweecha, Hazleton, Paula Scatton and her husband Thomas, Hazleton, and Anna Rose Derewicz and her husband Michael, Breinigsville; sons Francis Matweecha and his wife Betty Lou, Hazleton, and Paul Matweecha and his wife Mariola, Maryland; grandchildren Denise, Kristen, Jeffrey, Tiffany, Nina, Selina, Justin, and Radek; great grandchildren Tyler, Alex, Greyson, Annika, Damian, Giorgio, Gia, Gavin, and Donato; and numerous nieces and nephews.

      A private viewing will be held for the immediate family on Thursday, June 24th. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for all to attend at Annunciation Parish at St. Gabriel’s Church at 10 AM on Friday, June 25th, followed by interment
      in St. Gabriel’s Cemetery.

      The family asks to honor and respect their wishes by everyone wearing a mask and practice social distancing during the mass.

      The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12
      th St., Hazleton, with Tom Boyle assisting, is in charge of the arrangements.
    • Guestbook
      Josette Bryden Luciano
      Sending condolences to the Matweecha family-your mom was such a kind and loving woman. Such good memories from long ago (in that huge kitchen making crystals at Easter). With sympathy and prayers to you all.
      Josette Bryden Luciano
      Peter C Notaro
      Sorry to hear about your loss.  She was such a great woman. Always there for her family and anyone who came into her home. The meals she prepared were always fantastic, especially her stuffed peppers. She is now looking down at us with her husband Paul (I always called him the chief) God Bless!
      Paul Jr.
      Anna Rose means GOD was gracious and she shared GODS grace selflessly with everyone. I love you Mama and treasure your precious memory.
      Paul Jr.
      Janie Valasa Barrett
      Love and blessings to the entire family. I have so many vivid and cherished memories of our family visiting and having meals at the enormous island.  The end of a generation of amazing Aunts and Uncles, mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters. Always in my heart and prayers.
      Janie Valasa Barrett
      Love and blessings to the entire family. I have so many vivid and cherished memories of our family visiting and having meals at the enormous island.  The end of a generation of amazing Aunts and Uncles, mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters. Always in my heart and prayers.
      Mary Jane Jacketti (Brown)
      Louise, Denise and Matweecha family,

      It seems like just yesterday I was having after school snacks in your Mom's house. As a matter of fact, every single time I hear the song 'Beast of Burden' by the Rolling Stones I think of being in your Mom's kitchen while AR sang it at the top of her lungs. I will always remember  what a kind, wonderful woman your Mom was. You were so very lucky to have her in your life for as long as you did.  Sending prayers and much love your way.

      Mary Jane Brown
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