In Memory of




Obituary for Joanne M. Matusik

Joanne M. (George) Matusik of Arcade passed away at home on Friday, April 24th at the age of 61. She will be greatly missed by her daughter Johnna Matusik (fiance Ethan Best) of Warsaw, her father and stepmother Lewis and Lois George of Arcade, sister Donna (Kevin "Butch") Keem of Bliss, goddaughter and niece Bethanie Keem (Jonathan Calhoun) of Hornell, and niece Michelle Keem (husband Randolph Palada) of Vacaville, CA. She also leaves behind brothers-in-law Kenneth Matusik of Arcade, Joseph A. Matusik of Yorkshire, and Timothy Matusik of St. Joseph, MO, as well as stepbrother Richard Smith (Jennifer Leitten) of Wyoming, stepsisters Lori (Paul) Kester of Eden and Lisa (Dale) Hartwell of Delevan, godmother Ruth Schumacher of West Valley, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who will sadly miss her.

Joanne was widowed in 2003 with the death of Stephen Matusik. At eight years old, she lost her mother Eleanor (Reisdorf) George. Also preceding Joanne in death were her brother Daniel George, mother- and father-in-law Theresa and Joseph "Pa" Matusik, and stepbrother Douglas Smith.

Joanne was so excited to help Johnna and Ethan plan for their wedding next spring. Having planned and decorated for numerous friends' weddings and parties, she was affectionately known to them as "Mama Jo". She dearly loved her pets, enjoyed country music concerts, and never lost her farming roots. Shopping, crafting and sewing were a few of her favorite hobbies. Joanne loved flowers, sunshine, and traveling to warm places, especially beaches.

Joanne was a 1976 graduate of Pioneer Central School and earned her Associates in Business Administration from Jamestown Community College in Olean. She was looking forward to retiring this fall after 22 years of service as a Calculations/Purchasing Clerk at Gowanda Correctional Facility. Prior to that she owned and operated her own small business, Stuff-It Balloons with Paula (Gilbert) Coleman. She had also worked at Fisher Price, K.R. Wilson, and Knight Agency.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. In keeping with Joanne's wishes, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when all of her family and friends can gather to honor her memory.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arcade or Yorkshire Rescue Squads.