Steven Paul “Stevie” Mathews
MARQUETTE, MI – Steven Paul “Stevie” Mathews, age 45, of Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in the loving care of his family.
Stevie was born September 20, 1967 in Marquette, a son of William and Priscilla (LaMoria) Mathews. Born with Down’s syndrome, Stevie was a special child who required additional care and love. Throughout the years, he returned that love a hundred fold to his family, caregivers, and those who were privileged to know him. He was only limited by his surroundings, being very loving, sociable, unselfish, very neat, possessing an infectious smile, good sense of humor, and a fantastic memory, never forgetting the names of those he met. Stevie loved music, loved to dance, was a big Green Bay Packer fan, and had a love of cars, being able to name the makes of those he saw. Special Olympics were a special passion for Stevie and he excelled in basketball, frisbee, and loved to bowl. He often amazed those around him with his abilities, and his family’s pride in his accomplishments was very evident. He taught them patience, caring, and the great gift of family love. He was special, not so much for what he was limited to, but because he was “Stevie” and that in itself was an experience to be treasured and enjoyed. He concluded his earthly journey wrapped in the comforting care of his family, caregivers, and beloved Packer blanket.
Stevie is survived by his father, William (Myrtle) Mathews; sisters, Connie Ducommun, Michelle Mathews, and Terry (Donald) Johnson all of Marquette; brothers, Alan (Ann) Mathews of Pinckney and John Mathews of Minneapolis, MN; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Stevie was preceded in death by his mother, Priscilla Mathews.
Friends may call at the Bishop’s Room located at St. Peter Cathedral on Monday, February 18, from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 pm Monday afternoon in the cathedral with Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber as celebrant. Food was an important aspect of Stevie’s life and a reception will follow in Cathedral Hall. Interment will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and residents of Cedar Hills Group Home, UP Home Health and Hospice, Hillcrest Adult Foster Care, and the staff of the Marquette County Medical Care Facility for the devotion, care, and many kindnesses extended to Stevie and his family throughout the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Special Olympics, 315 Hawley #6, Marquette, MI 49855.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com.