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Wood Funeral Home

16 Main St., Branchville, NJ

OBITUARY

Sandra "Sandy" Jean Matthews

April 11, 1938June 13, 2020

Sandra “Sandy” Jean Matthews, 82, of the Layton section of Sandyston Township, died Saturday, June 13, 2020, at home surrounded by her family.

Sandy was born in Middletown, NY, and raised in Westtown, NY, and Jersey City, NJ. She graduated from Dickinson High School in Jersey City. Sandy lived in Ridgefield Park for 35 years; she and her husband bought their home in Layton in 1973, making it their permanent residence in 1997. Sandy was a dedicated homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Sandy was an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church in Sandyston for many years. She was also a member of the St. Thomas Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Minisink Garden Club. One of Sandy’s greatest passions was crocheting, she and her husband enjoyed participating at various craft shows together.

Sandy was predeceased by her parents, Hobart and Irene (Harden) Gale; her son, Jimmy Matthews; and her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 ½ years, Jim Matthews; her daughters, Jean Wedemeier and husband, Eric, and Jennifer Knott and husband, Bob; her son, Jeffrey Matthews and wife, Jennifer; and her daughter-in-law, Karen Antonucci Matthews. Sandy is also survived by eight grandchildren, Bobby and wife, Lisa, Jonathon and wife, Lina, Jimmy, Angeline, Melanie, Paige, Keira, and Evan; her great-granddaughter, Maya Rose; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 pm and 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main St, Branchville, and from 10 to 11 am Thursday, June 18, 2020, at St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church, 210 Rt 206, Sandyston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am, at the church. Face coverings must be worn and social distancing must be practiced.

Sandy’s wishes were for donations to be made in her memory to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave, Newton, NJ 07860 or to St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church, 210 Rt 206, Sandyston, NJ 07826, in lieu of flowers.

  • FAMILY

  • Jim Matthews, Husband
  • Jean Wedemeier (Eric), Daughter
  • Jennifer Knott (Bob), Daughter
  • Jeffrey Matthews (Jennifer), Son
  • Hobart Gale, Father (deceased)
  • Irene Hardem Gale, Mother (deceased)
  • Grandchildren: Bobby & wife, Lisa; Jonathon & wife, Lina; Jimmy; Angeline; Melanie; Paige; Keira; Evan
    Great-Grandchild: Maya Rose
    Many nieces & nephews

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

Memories

Sandra "Sandy" Jean Matthews

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Mary Ann Kampfe

June 17, 2020

Sandra was more of a friend than a neighbor to me and my family. She was so talented and creative and yet so humble. She raised a Beautiful family and had one of the happiest marriages I have known. She and Jim have been an inspiration to me my entire life ... a wonderful example of selfless love and the contentment it can bring. Sincere condolences to Jim and his loving children and their families.

Melany and Bill Malzahn

June 17, 2020

Dear Matthews Family-
We send our deepest condolences to all of you on Sandy's passing. We pray that your memories of her will bring you such comfort until you see her again.
Sincerely-
Bill and Melany Malzahn
John 5:24
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned: he has crossed over from death to life.

Steve & JoAnn Podracky

June 16, 2020

Goodbye sweet Sandy. There are so many memories of you beginning in the 50’s. I can remember Jim and Sandy dating, getting married, having children, having grand children and lately great grandchildren. A life well lived and well deserved. All those prayer shawls you crocheted are prayers back to you. Rest In Peace.

Jane Rizzo

June 16, 2020

My deepest condolences to you Uncle Jimmy and all your family. Aunt Sandy was such a lovely person, she will be missed.
One fond memory for me is her love of Spaulding donuts! She used to buy out the store and take them back home.
May your memories always bring a smile. RIP. Jane

Nora Kaiser

June 15, 2020

Many great childhood memories with Aunt Sandy, Uncle Jim and cousins. Loved the times we shared with them at their Ridgefield Park home and most especially at their home in the "country" (Layton). Thanks for the memories.

"This world is not a conclusion; A sequel stands beyond, Invisible as music, But positive, as sound". — Emily Dickinson

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY