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James M. Matesevac Sr.

January 24, 1951 ~ April 18, 2017 (age 66)
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James M. Matesevac Sr., age 66, son of the late Edward and Edna Matesevac Sr., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Nancy M. (nee Goldasich) Matesevac; adoring children, Candace L. (Brian) Thomas, Justin D. Ashley, Emily C.M. (Miklos) Simon, Elizabeth A. Ashley, Mary A. Ashley, James M. (Catanya) Matesevac Jr., Nicholas E. F. Matesevac and Matthew J. Goldasich Matesevac; proud grandfather of Aurora and Zayd Matesevac; “Poppa Donut” to Bennett and Graham Thomas; sisters, Mary Jo (Tom) Kirk, Terri Lynn (Tim) Higgins; also survived by numerous precious nieces and nephews.

Longtime member and former treasurer of The Painters Union Local 33 in Joliet, Jim “Bones” had a magnetic personality and kind, caring heart.  He was an avid fisherman, gardener, whittler, story teller and amateur gold prospector. There was never a moment he would pass up the opportunity for an adventure.

Preceded in death by his parents; Edward Sr. and Edna (nee Worden) Matesevac; twin brothers in infancy; brothers, Thomas L. Matesevac, Edward Matesevac Jr., Raymond Matesevac and Robert Matesevac Sr.  

In accordance with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Minooka Police and Fire Department for their exemplary service, and to the caring friends and neighbors of the Minooka community, James’ home for over 30 years.

A memorial celebration of James’ life will be held at the Croatian Cultural Club on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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