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Flavia Sorbo

January 1, 1926 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: Private

Faye Buffaloe Warren

December 25, 1940 ~ January 22, 2021

Services will be held: January 26, 2021

Wesley Max Denning, Jr.

June 14, 1951 ~ January 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Harold Dean Linkous

July 23, 1939 ~ Jan. 20, 2021

Services will be held: January 24, 2021

Mary Dillon

February 19, 1933 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Rose Purta

January 30, 1933 ~ January 18, 2021

Services will be held: January 23, 2021

Jean Hathaway Hinton

Aug. 10, 1932 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held: January 22, 2021

Claire F. Small

June 26, 1937 ~ January 19, 2021

Services will be held:

Geraldine “Jean” Copella Mattivi

July 15, 1932 ~ January 2, 2021

Jean C. Mattivi, 88, originally from Kersey, PA, left us peacefully to be with Jesus while surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 15, 1932 and married the love of her life, Irvin C. Mattivi on June 20, 1953. She worked in banking and enjoyed waitressing because she loved people. Jean was a charter member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Surviving are her daughters, Pat Best, Cathy Hart, Bonnie Jackson and Jeannin Gray; eight grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; sister, Barb Schatz; many nieces, nephews and friends who loved her.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 am Friday, January 8, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Raleigh Memorial Park.

Mrs. Mattivi will lie in repose at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh for those who wish to view and pay their respects.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park, Suite 10, Raleigh, North Carolina 27615.

A service of Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, Raleigh, NC



January 8, 2021

11:00 am

St. Joseph's Catholic Church
2817 Poole Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610

Interment, Raleigh Memorial Park


  1. Diana Mattivi Brennen

    To a favorite Aunt that will be truly miss. I loved our trips to Raleigh every year around the Fourth of July. In my younger days. It was always a great time. I will truly miss calling her. But I know that she had Jesus in her heart n she is at peace in God’s Kingdom. I love u Aunt Jean

  2. Shirley Donachy

    So sorry for the loss of your loved one Aunt Jean was a wonderful person. Now she is not suffering anymore. Rest In Peace Aunt Jean you will be missed by many.

  3. Jean Leasgang and Family

    Hello Pat, Cathy, Bonnie and Jeannin and Families,
    I am thinking of all at this time.

  4. Trudy Robbins

    I was privileged to be a neighbor and friend for the past 11 years to this loving, kind, caring, very smart, hard working woman. You inspired me in so many ways. I will never forget you Jean, I am grateful that you graced my life. I am sending my love and light to your daughters and all of your families whom you constantly praised and loved so dearly. I will miss you.

  5. Summer hayes

    I very much enjoyed working along side of Mrs Jean for so many years. She taught me so many things about working with people and she shared many stories of waitressing in her past at sams bottle shop. I am grateful for her visit just days before her passing. What a great wife, and mother she must have been for her family. I will never forget this woman.

    Rest in peace Mrs. Jean

  6. Susan Mattivi

    Patty,Cathy.Bonnie and Jeannin so sorry for the loss of your Mom. All of God’s Blessings to all of you and your families.

    Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.

  7. Susan Mattivi

    Patty,Cathy, Bonnie and Jeannin so sorry for the loss of your Mom. All of God’s blessings to you and your families.

    Perhaps they are not STARS but rather openings where our
    LOVED ONES shine down to let us know they are Happy.

  8. Susan Mattivi

    Patty,Cathy,Bonnie and Jeannin so sorry for the loss of your Mom. All of God’s Blessings to you and your families.

    Perhaps they are not Stars but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are Happy.

  9. Phyllis Bryant

    I extend my deepest sympathies to Jeans family. She touched our lives as a server at both Gateway and Watkins during the time in our lives when I was in the process of being a living kidney donor to my best friend. She listened to us, heard our struggles, and on several occasions asked if it was okay to pray for us. Both of us are well and twenty years have passed. Her kindness was so extraordinary and her service top rate and her heart showed in how she welcomed us wherever we ate whether it was a struggle day for us or in the years since. I recall her fondly and her genuine empathy still warms my heart as a solid anchor during one of the most stressful times in our lives. May she rest well in the arms of our Lord. I know several angels that will be honored to welcome her to heaven, to eternal life. Jean, may your journey be swift.

  10. Susan Mattivi

    Patty, Cathy, Bonnie and Jeannin,so sorry for the loss of your Mom our deepest sympathy to you and your families.
    I’m sure the ones that have gone before our welcoming her and have a grand time. Sorry we can’t be with you but know we are with you in spirit.
    Missy,Susan and Girls.

  11. Kathy McClung

    My prayers go out to the family and many of us who are “church” family. We will miss her sweet smile and glowing, loving heart. We hope she will look down on us when we can resume our Sunday brunches, and know that we are blessed to have known her.

  12. Patricia Guin

    Jean Mattivi was an incredible lady. I knew her from our friendship through our parish of St Joseph’s. She was an inspiration to me of a beautiful, Catholic woman of faith. She was one of those people who went quietly about their lives, trusting in God, loving and taking care of their families, doing the right thing, even when difficult.
    Jean was a source of strength for me when I lost my beloved husband suddenly, almost five years ago. I knew how very much she loved her dear Irvin, and we shed tears together as we talked about how to go on without our husbands. It always came down to faith with Jean. Faith that God had a plan for us both, and trust that it was good. Now His plan is for her to join Irvin in Paradise. How very happy and blessed she is!

    Eternal rest grant unto Jean, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

    Jean, you will be greatly missed.

  13. Francine (Greenawalt) Cheatle

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of this beautiful soul. I remember her and her husband so very fondly from their visits to Kersey, PA. You will all be in my prayers.

  14. Brittany MacAlester

    What a beautiful example my grandmother was! She very much loved her children, grandchildren, extended family, fellow St. Joseph’s parishioners, neighbors, coworkers and her many friends.

    Our family is so grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received over the past week and a half. Thank you for the beautiful comments, cards, flowers, meals and phone calls.

    Much love and many thanks,
    Brittany MacAlester (Jean’s granddaughter), on behalf of our entire family

  15. Lorraine Richardson

    To the members of Jean’s family.

    Jean almost always had a smile on her face. Irvin will be happy to welcome her to her heavenly home. I will miss her and so will our senior group.

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