Bernal Mata

December 20, 1949November 23, 2018

Bernal Enrique Mata, 68, of Centerville, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Kettering Medical Center. He was born December 20, 1949 in Cartago, Costa Rica, the son of Antonio y Rosalia G de Mata. He owned and operated AquaTicos Ornamental Pond Business until his retirement. He loved traveling, quilting, soccer and Willy’s Trucks. He is survived by his wife Shirley (Lamb) Mata, whom he married April 23, 1977; brother, Felix (Maureen) in Durango, Colorado; sisters, Norma, Ana Lorena, Sonia, Rosi, Mariangella and Marjorie (James); brother-in-law, Victor Chacon; sister-in-law, Ana Martinez all of Costa Rica; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Bill Spencer; mother-in-law, Mary Frances Lamb; numerous nieces, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces in OH, CR, CA, CO; Mario Ruano’s special family. Private services will be held. You may express condolences to the family at


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ROSE Boren

November 28, 2018

Sweet Bernie! I had the pleasure of not only cutting your hair for many years, but becoming your friend. Your stories and pictures were always so fun! Your faith in God made mine stronger! The gifts you and Shirley would bring me from home will be cherished forever! Your last words to me were "God bless you". And something told me they would be the last words between us... I couldn't have asked for a better parting gift from you! My quilted Christmas pillows are already out! My handmade salad bowl and cutting board will forever bring memories of you while I feed my family! I'm going to miss you like crazy! But I know you are well and grinning from ear to ear staring our lord!!!!!!! Love you.
You are the example of what every wife should be. The love and dedication you showed your husband is absolutely beautiful! Thank you for letting me be apart of your lives! I cherish you both and wish I could hug you right now! Time will ease your heartache. I know you are missing your best friend as are so many others! All my love to you.