Joe Chester Matzenger

September 5, 1949September 12, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Joe Chester Matzenger announces his passing on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the age of 69. Joe, a native of Mobile, graduated from Murphy High School in 1967, Auburn University in 1973, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and served 6 years with the National Guard. He worked for the Mobile County Revenue Office for 20 years, retiring as a Budget and Investment Officer in 2015. Joe was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, and grandfather. He greatly enriched the lives of everyone he touched and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. Joe will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 39 years, Rita Mothershed Matzenger; daughters, Jennifer Matzenger and Lindsey (Jon) Barnes; a granddaughter, Emma Barnes; his sister, Betty (Patrick) Waldrop. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Jeanne Matzenger. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. funeral time on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Radney Funeral Home, Mobile, AL. Internment will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery.


  • Rita Mothershed Matzenger, Wife
  • Jennifer Matzenger, Daughter
  • Lindsey (Jon) Barnes, Daughter
  • Emma Barnes, Granddaughter
  • Betty (Patrick) Waldrop, Sister
  • Chester Matzenger, Father
  • Jeanne Matzenger, Mother
  • also, survived by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins


  • Visitation Monday, September 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 17, 2018

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Beverly Iturbe

September 20, 2018

Joe was one of nicest people I know. It was such a pleasure to work in Banking with him. He will greatly be missed. May Our Lord bless Rita and give her and their daughters comfort at this sad time. We know Joe is resting in peace. We love you, Joe . . . Nelson and Beverly Iturbe.

Rachel (Gaffin) Sapp

September 18, 2018

So sorry to hear of Mr. Joe's passing. When I remember him, I think of him watching TV with Ms. Rita on the couch, always cuddling and treasuring her, talking sweetly to their dog, Sugar, and ordering Friday night pizza, a Matzenger tradition. He was always kind to me and saved me one day from a snake that had fallen from the tree over their driveway. Lindsey and Jennifer were out with their mom, so I was riding my bike alone. The Matzenger driveway was long and conducive to biking, and on that day, I felt free and yanked at a limb covering it. To my surprise, a garter snake dropped out of the tree and fell over my shoulders. The horror! I jumped off my bike and screamed something awful! Mr. Joe flew out of the house, hoe in hand. He ended the snake and calmed me down. I still have an unnatural fear of snakes, but remember Mr. Joe fondly as my hero that day. I know he will be missed. Praying for you all.

Carol Heidhausen

September 18, 2018

Joe was always such a gentleman and so kind to everyone. As a little kid on Dauphin Island, I always looked up to him, my big, handsome cousin with the beautiful smile. I remember Joe driving us on some kind of beach buggy, zooming through the sand and I thought he was just the coolest! It was an honor to be in Mobile to celebrate Joe's life with those who loved him. Thinking of all of you with love and prayers during these next tough weeks and months.

Diane Roberson

September 17, 2018

I had the privilege of working with Joe at the license commissioner’s office. He always took the time to speak. He always had that smile. I know he will be missed greatly. My prayers are with his family. I feel blessed to have known him.

Kathy Sullivan

September 16, 2018

I met Joe at the Connie Hudson Senior Center. His smile would light up the room.. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. The Lord blessed me with a special friend like Joe. You will truly be missed my friend. This is not goodbye it's I'll see ya later.

Katherine LeBlanc

September 15, 2018

Growing up on the Cedars was the best of places to grow up. Our neighbors were our best friends and all of us girls loved Betty’s handsome older brother. I remember Joe as a kind, gentle and patient brother and friend. Sending prayers to his family.

David McGowan

September 15, 2018

Joe Matzenger 1964 9th grade
Sidney Phillips Jr High

Ann Caywood

September 15, 2018

Dear cousin, I'll always remember all those summers at the house on Dauphin Island, particularly that bad July 4th, Grandma Mat's wonderful gumbo, swimming at the club pool and leaving the island in the dark and rain just ahead of that hurricane, meeting sweet Rita and your darling girls -- I could go on forever.
I can't believe you're gone so soon . . .
Love and hugs, Ann

Tommy Baker

September 14, 2018

RIP Joe. I will always cherish our friendship and miss you until we see you again. WDE buddy

Kenneth & Rose Pope

September 14, 2018

Rita, Jenn, Lindsey, Jon and of course sweet little Emma. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We always had a blast at Tommy and Deana's every time you were in Columbus. We tried to see who could eat the most. We will miss you Joe but you RIP until we see you again. Kenneth & Rose...…...Granny Rose & Pa Pope.