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M. Joseph Mateer



 Joe played both baseball (starting catcher) and basketball at Wooster. An excellent athlete, he played semi-pro baseball and basketball in Harrisburg and was the coach of the Penbrook Pops basketball team. An avid golfer with several holes-in-one, he also loved to garden. He was a devoted PSU fan and Philadelphia Phillies supporter. He enjoyed reading, playing bridge and card games, and doting on his beloved grandchildren.

 One of the founding members of the Lower Dauphin School Board, he served there for 16 years, many times as president. He was a member and past president of the Steelton Rotary and served on the Harrisburg and Middletown Chambers of Commerce. He was a member of the Harrisburg Forest No. 43 Tall Cedars of Lebanon. Joe was a member of the Londonderry Township Recreation Board as well as the Golf Council at Sunset Golf Course. He was the Clerk of Session for 10 years for the First Presbyterian Church of Steelton and for 15 years for the Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown where he was an Elder and member for more than 50 years. 

 He was preceded in death by sisters Eleanor and Jean, and brother Robert.

 He is survived by his son Dr. Joseph B. Mateer (Dr. Norma); his daughter Betsy Harris (Mark) of Columbia, Md.; and two grandchildren Marcus Mateer (Rebekah) of Wilmington, Del., and Katelyn Mateer of Middletown.

 A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 1 at Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown, Union and Water Sts., Middletown, with the Reverend Donald Potter officiating.

 Joe’s final resting place will be in New Bethlehem.

 Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church. 

 The family wishes to express their appreciation to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania for their incredible care, advice, and kindness. Appreciation is also extended to Griswold Home Care for providing many caring individuals to attend to Joe.

 In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to the Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown, Union and Water Sts., Middletown, PA 17057, or to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA  17110.

 Arrangements are entrusted to Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middletown.