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St. Libory's Catholic Church
Saturday February 2nd, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Libory's Catholic Church
Saturday February 2nd, 2019

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Leon A. Mathis

Leon A. Mathis, 77, of Grand Island, formerly of St. Libory, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, at Country House Residence in Grand Island. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at St. Libory's Catholic Church in St. Libory. The Rev. Sidney B. Bruggeman and Deacon Don Placke will celebrate the Mass. Private family inurnment will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. The family will greet friends one hour before the Mass on Saturday at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Leon was born on June 5, 1941, in Grand Island, the son of Louis and Genevieve (Roepker) Mathis. He grew up at St. Libory, where he attended St. Libory Catholic School and graduated from Grand Island Senior High in 1959. He was united in marriage to Janice A. Kipp on March 5, 1962, at St. Libory. The couple lived on the Mathis family farm at St. Libory until moving to Grand Island in 2015. Over the years, Leon farmed and worked at various places in the area, including Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island for 25 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Libory's Catholic Church. Leon enjoyed classic cars and restoring old cars and tractors. He also enjoyed the outdoors and animals and visiting with the guys and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Janice of Grand Island; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Linda Mathis of St. Libory; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Daron Bean of St. Libory; grandchildren, Wade and Jessica Mathis of Milford, Abby and Jordan Gall of Clarkson and Jacie Bean of North Platte; and great grandchildren, Walker Mathis and Landrie Gall; brothers, Gary Mathis of Chapman and Dean Mathis of Grand Island; sister, Sharon Mathis of Grand Island; sister-in-law and husband, Kim and Brian Graviette of Hastings; nieces and nephews, Jordan Graviette of Hastings, Greg Mathis of Minnesota, Jill Mathis of Colorado and Kyla and Ryan Lilienthal and their children, Presley, Taylan and Cash of Grand Island. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Tim Mathis on Sept. 26, 2017; and sister, Bonita Mathis. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are requested to the family for later designation.

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A candle was lit in memory of Leon Mathis

Linda Clark May 19 2020 3:06 AM

In our thoughts and prayers. Treasure the good times and good memories. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Deb and Butch

Deb Lukes Feb 5 2019 4:08 PM

Janice and family. My sincere sympathy in your loss of Leon. He always had a smile to share with everyone. I will remember him and keep you all in our thoughts and heartfelt prayers. Faye

Faye Zmek Feb 4 2019 9:19 AM

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of Leon's family, especially to Janice, Greg, Dean and Sharon. We had so much fun with Leon and them growing up. Keep the good memories as they are so important. Janet and Bob Sondgeroth

Janet and Bob Sondgeroth Feb 3 2019 11:34 AM

Janice & Family so sorry to hear of Leon's passing! I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times when I worked with Janice at FedEx.

Curt Burney Feb 3 2019 11:21 AM

I used to meet Leon and Janice on Dannebrog's Hike/Bike trail - we always enjoyed visiting----and I was an RN at hospital, so knew Leon from that as well. Janice- our son Ron (Fed Ex) extends sympathy and prayers too - he thought a lot of you.

Esther Brockmann Feb 1 2019 5:36 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Leon Mathis

robert radke Feb 1 2019 1:15 PM

I enjoyed working with Leon at Grand Island Memorial Hospital during the remodel of the old Lutheran Hospital for the Chemical Dependency Center and GIMH maintenance issues. We shared our interest in classic cars with his family members being great friends. I knew Janice via Fed X in my medical service job and my sympathy goes out to the entire family. Now in God's hands, we have the memories forever. Bob Radke CET/CBET/CRES

robert radke Feb 1 2019 1:11 PM

My sympathy to you Janice, Mike, Lisa and all the rest of your beautiful family!!! Words just can't start to express my sympathy, but know how sorry I am and that everyone whoever knew Leon, knows we all lost a wonderful, caring and kind man. Leon always had a smile a hello and time to visit with you. He is at peace now and with his Lord, and will be watching over everyone of you with a smile and with pride. Cherish all of the wonderful memories you each have with him, and I know there are many, it does help some to know how loved you all are. May it help some to know the many, many prayers that are with each and everyone of you. In Christ, Velda

Velda M Peters Feb 1 2019 9:06 AM