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James E. Matson

August 13, 1951 ~ May 20, 2022 (age 70)


James E. Matson Jr, 70, of Greensburg, passed away Friday, May 20, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born August 13, 1951 in Belle Vernon, the son of Catherine Matson and the late James E. Matson Sr. Jim went to Penn State University. After marrying the love of his life at age 20, he finished his degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Jim worked for the Federal Government Defense Department for 30 years, promoted to Special Agent in Charge and given additional assignments as a Special Case Investigator.  After retiring from the Federal Government, Jim worked as a private contractor before fully retiring and enjoying his time with family, especially vacationing at Marco Island, FL and Cape May, NJ. Jim was a member of Our Lady of Grace Church.  He enjoyed golfing, hunting and was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan.  He was an active member of the community and brought his passion of sports to coaching his son’s baseball and soccer teams. He was a devoted and loving husband and father to his two children.  His greatest joy was spending time with his 5 beautiful grandchildren.  Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Jean Matson; son, Jeff Matson (and daughter-in-law, So); daughter, Melissa Battisti (and son-in-law, Mike); 5 grandchildren, Landon and Eden Matson; Ava, Aubrey and Ryan James Battisti; mother, Catherine Matson; two sisters (and brothers in law), Kathy (and John) Crane, Patty (and Don) Serwinski; three sisters in law (and brother-in-law), Shirley Novakovich (and Ronald), Nancy Moussiaux, Diane Coccari Spadafore, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Alfred Spadafore; mother-in-law, Ann Maranich Spadafore; brother-in-law, Michael Spadafore; and niece, Shelly Crane McDonald. Final blessings will be held privately. Private entombment will be in Belle Vernon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Cancer Research Foundation at KEPPLE-GRAFT Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

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