Elaine Matlack

Elaine D. Matlack

Tuesday, March 10th, 1925 - Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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Elaine D. Matlack, 94, a resident of Knickerbocker Villa in Clearfield, PA, and a former resident of New Millport, died peacefully on December 28, 2019.

She was born in Curwensville on March 10, 1925, the third daughter of Carl B. and Laura (Troy) Dotts. She grew up in Pike township near Olanta and graduated from Clearfield High School in the class of 1940. She then graduated as an RN from the Clearfield Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. In 1947, she was married to the late Harry A. Matlack of New Millport, and spent most of the remaining years of her life in New Millport.

Mrs. Matlack is survived by four children, Jeanne M. Huffman of Oreland, PA; Frederick and wife Ann, of Emmaus, PA; Linda M. Heberling and husband Keith, of Bethel, PA; and William and wife Elaine, of New Millport. There are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Ruth of Las Vegas, NV, and Esther of Vancouver, Canada, and a brother, John, of Port Orford, Oregon.

In the course of her working years as an RN, Mrs. Matlack continued her education at the College of Sequoias in Visalia, California, Indiana University of PA, and Pennsylvania State University. From 1967-1970, she taught in the elementary schools of the Clearfield Area School District, and then joined the faculty at the Clearfield County Vo-Tech School, teaching in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program. After retirement in 1987, she helped her husband Harry with the publication of his books and articles about local history and the archaeology of Native Americans in this area. Throughout her life, she was an avid reader, gardener, and horsewoman.

She was a life-long member of the Salem Lutheran Church in New Millport and served as church organist for many years. She was a member of the Clearfield County Historical Society, the Curwensville-Pike Township Historical Society, the New Millport Women’s Club, and the Clearfield Hospital Nurses’ Alumni.
Funeral services will be held at the Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory, Curwensville on Thursday at 1 PM. with Pastor Richard Steuernagle officiating. Interment will follow in the New Millport Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the funeral home on Thursday from 12-1 PM.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to The Clearfield Hospital Nurses’ Alumni in care of Dottie Disshon, 1521 Warren Dr., Clearfield PA 16830, or to the Olanta Lutheran Church at 9455 Curwensville-Tyrone Hwy., Olanta, Pennsylvania 16863.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    815 State Street
    Curwensville, PA 16833
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 1:00pm
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    815 State Street
    Curwensville, PA 16833
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Richard Steuernagle
  • Interment

    New Millport Cemetery
    RD 1, Box 320
    New Millport, Pennsylvania 16861
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Cherie Larson

Posted at 12:45am
To the kids (my cousins) and grandkids of Elaine Matlack.....
My mom (Esther.....Elaine’s youngest sister) remembers being told the story.... they could not find Elaine. She was about 3 years old. They finally found her in the barn......Mom says the horses were always so careful of her. There she sat, maybe 2or 3 years old, in the horse’s stall, an arm around each front leg and they were so still + so careful of this little child. She loved horses and they seemed to love her. I remember when Aunt Elaine and Linda came to Nanaimo BC to visit us. There was a wonderful sense of nobility......majesty about Aunt Elaine. I loved how she was a nurse like my mom. I loved how she was a Lutheran church organist like me. I loved that the horses loved her, she loved them and she rode them and was with them for much of her life. Aunt Elaine: I hope you are riding heaven’s horses and playing music to your heart’s content.

Yvette MCNAMARA Cronon

Posted at 01:13pm
My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time.
Yvette McNamara Cronon

Bear Stewart

Posted at 06:28am
Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss.

Dwight Thurston Posted at 11:33am

Deepest sympathy for your loss. Lots of good memories growing up in New Millport. Rest In Peace Elaine

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