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William Walter Mateski

August 19, 1946February 17, 2021

William “Bill” Mateski, 74, of Bettendorf, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at Genesis East Medical Center. A private burial will be at Oakdale Memorial Gardens. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa or to the Quad City Symphony.

Bill was born on August 19, 1946 in Berwyn, Illinois to Walter and Catherine (Cropp) Mateski. Following high school, he attended Western Illinois University where he earned a degree in Political Science and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. Bill was united in marriage to Kathleen Syrett on August 8, 1970 in Rock Island, Illinois. He was employed for many years by Star Forms, Inc. as Vice President of Marketing and later by Great Western Supply, retiring in 2010. He was active in his church, was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing bridge. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and following his sons’ sports activities.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife of 50 years, Kathy; two sons, David (Marina) and Mark (Kelsie); grandchildren, David, Maya, Will and Taylor; half-sister, Catherine Ramsey; and half-brother, John Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter (Margaret) Mateski and Catherine (Frank) Wright.


  • Gethsemane Lutheran Church
  • Quad City Symphony


  • A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date


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Russ and Sandy Kurtz

March 12, 2021

Bill was a great guy and always had a smile even though he suffered through trials. His wit and smarts were bright as we played euchre.

We will miss him going alone and giving us insights on his ideas and thoughts on a range of subjects.

Rest well Bill and know we will miss you!

Russ and Sandy Kurtz

Hunt Harris

February 28, 2021

So sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He was a valued colleague at Star Forms. I admired his sense of values and the way he led his life, He will be missed by all who knew him.

Dee Ann Donohoe - Vaughn

February 27, 2021

Bill Mateski was our beloved friend. It seems impossible, but I have known Bill and his wonderful wife Kathy for nearly half of my life. And, it also seems impossible that Bill has departed. Bill was as strong, solid and brilliant, as he was kind and gentle. He was also such a gentleman, an adoring husband, father and grandfather. I'll always remember Bill fondly, and never forget him. I'm grateful that he was my friend.

Nancy Schnorrenberg

February 26, 2021

I worked with Bill for 14 years at Star Forms. He was truly a kind man. He will be remembered kindly by all who knew him.

Tammy Geertz

February 26, 2021

Kathy and Family,

It was an honor to know Bill and share a long friendship with him.
I was fortunate to work with Bill at Star Forms for almost 20 years.
He took me under his wing and was like a Dad to me given I was just out of high school when I started full time.
Such a genteel man with the kindest heart and he certainly never changed.
Our Star Forms family are so grateful that you were able to join us at our monthly dinners and it always made our get togethers much more fun when we got to catch up with you both.
Please know how much this sweet man will be missed.
RIP dear Bill

Bruce and Linda Hall

February 24, 2021

Having been friends since our college days, we are quite saddened by Bill’s passing. It all started with Linda and Kathy’s friendship at WIU. We enjoyed our special opportunities to be together with Bill and Kathy, and their family, over the years, especially for Mark’s wedding, and our summer 2019 Viking Cruise on the Rhine River. It was a very memorable trip for all four of us. We pray that Bill will Rest In Peace, and that Kathy will continue to carry on her undeniable zest for life and love for family.

Mary Haut

February 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear about Bill. He was such a great man and will be greatly missed. He was one of the great ones at Star Forms.