Thomas A. Matuseski, formerly of Florida, N.Y., died at age 36


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Thomas A. Matuseski of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Florida, N.Y., entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. He was 36.

Son of Linda Ball Matuseski and Thomas Matuseski, he was born March 23, 1981, in Warwick, N.Y.

Survivors include his mother, Linda Matuseski of Florida, N.Y.; father, Thomas Matuseski of Slate Hill, N.Y.; son, Austin Thomas Bechtel of Alexandria, Kentucky; sister, Lyndsay Santa and husband, Andre, and their daughters; nieces, Leeya and Ashlynn of Middletown, N.Y.; sister, Mallory Matuseski and fiancé. James Drury. of Florida, N.Y.; maternal grandmother, Betty Ball; aunt, Mary Cuzo; aunts and uncles, Jesus Cuzo, William Meurer, Judy and Greg Dawson, Gary Ball, and Frank Lempka; cousins; and also his best friend, Billy Meurer, Jaimee Sullivan, Frank, Timmy, Patrick and Cory Lempka and Zach Cuzo.

He was predeceased by maternal grandfather, Walter Ball; paternal grandparents, Elmeda Kibling Matuseski Shuback and Daniel “Bucky” Matuseski and Marilyn Matuseski.

Thomas was from childhood a huge sports enthusiast. He excelled at soccer and basketball, but baseball was his game of passion. He led his longtime teammates to the New York State High School Championship in 1999, his senior year, and was chosen the New York State High School Player of the year.

A two-time member of the Hudson Valley Team for the Empire State Games, Thomas finished his baseball career with Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C., where he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

A family statement said: "Thomas loves his family, especially his son, Austin Thomas. He has been a leader and inspiration to countless people and will forever be in their hearts. Thomas made an impact in this place we call our world — never to be forgotten."

Visitation was held Feb. 5 at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, Florida, N.Y. The Funeral service was held Feb. 6 at the Florida Presbyterian Church, Florida, N.Y.

As per Thomas’ wishes, cremation will be held privately.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Christopher’s Inn, 21 Franciscan Way, Garrison, NY 10524, "a home for those who have temporarily lost their way — to grant them focus and the will to overcome addiction. To invest in Hope, the Gift that will last forever."



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