Born: February 05, 1930
Died: July 01, 2010
Robert R. Mataczynski, known by many as Doc Matt, died peacefully of an aneurysm Thursday, July, 1, 2010 at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, Minn.
He was born February 5, 1930 in Detroit, Mich. His parents were Anthony and Charlotte (who died in childbirth) Mataczynski and Estelle Mataczynski.
Doc Matt graduated from high school in Tony, Wis., in 1948. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior from 1948-1951 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School in 1955.
He interned at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth from 1955-1956 and then joined Dr.’s Charles and Conrad Giesen at the Giesen Clinic in Superior, Wis. in 1956.
Robert served in the U.S. Army as a Captain from 1957-1959, where he was Assistant Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the U.S. Army Hospital in Wurzburg, Germany. Upon completion of his service duty, he returned to Superior to join Dr. Charles Giesen, Dr. Conrad Giesen and Dr. Richard Fruehauf at the Giesen Clinic. The Giesen Clinic merged with the Superior Clinic and later with the Duluth Clinic.
Dr. Mataczynski served as President of the Douglas County Medical Society, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Superior Memorial Hospital (all of Superior), and was also the U.W.S. physician. He retired from medicine in 1995.
Doc Matt married his beloved wife, the former Joy Hunt in 1955. Together they raised four children. They enjoyed traveling and wintered in Tucson, Ariz.
Doc Matt was instrumental in the founding of Pony League Football in Superior. He was the former owner of the Piedmont Apartments and was a co-owner of Landmark Lanes and Northland Campground. He was a member of United Presbyterian Church, Ace Investments, and the Elks Club #403 and their bowling/golf leagues.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Joy; daughters, Cindy (Mike Sternal) Mataczynski of South Range, Wis., and Toni Jo (Charlie Streety) Mataczynski of Tucson Ariz.; sons, Dr. James (Grazyna) Mataczynski of Racine, Wis. and Rob Jr. of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Sylwia and Natalia Mataczynski, Carolyn (Travis) Jones, Stephanie (Jess Belwood) Kucharyski, Catherine (Alex Amys) Kucharyski, Stephen Kucharyski, Jr., Jule, Beau, and Eden Streety; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Miriam Jones, and Amber and Maddox Belwood; nephews, David (Tracie) and Bruce; and great-nieces, Mari, Helen and Arryn.
Visitation will be after 5:00 p.m. Thursday in the Downs Funeral Home, corner of 19th St. & Ogden Ave., where an Elks Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Celebration of his Life will be at the United Presbyterian Church at 11:00 a.m. on Friday June 9, 2010 with Rev. Joel Huenemann officiating. Inurnment at the Holy Trinity Cemetery in Conrath, Wis. will be at a later date.
Pallbearers will be James and Grazyna Mataczynski, Cindy Mataczynski and Mike Sternal, Toni Jo Mataczynski and Charlie Streety, and Rob Mataczynski. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Downs, Ray Halvorson, Bill Ellison, John Hauglund, Rod Campbell, Jim Ellis, Matt Christy and Doug Score.
Should friends desire, memorials in Dr. Matt’s name may be made to the United Presbyterian Church, the Salvation Army in Superior, or to the charity of the donors choice.