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MATHONIA: George of Zurich

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On May 7, 2022 @ 10:22 AM In Obituary,Zurich | 56 Comments

MATHONIA: George of Zurich

On May 2, 2022, Horst George Mathonia joined his beloved Maria (Hecht) and son Ralph in Heaven.  He left this world surrounded by the love of his family in his 93rd year.

George came to Canada from Germany in 1952. He married Maria and brought her to Canada in 1957 and fulfilled his dream of raising a family and of owning a farm. He loved his wife dearly and visited her gravesite daily since her death in 2016.  

He loved music, playing the Church organ at St. Boniface Church for over 25 years and playing his accordion with an assortment of bands.  He worked over the years at Ellis Don and General Coach as well as farming. He liked nothing better than having a drink with his family and friends and watching a good soccer game.

He was a proud and loving father of Ray (Karen), Ralph 2018 (Peggy), Marianne (Dan McIver), Ken, Bernie (Connie), Linda (Bill Boyington), Peter (Carolyn) and Carmen (Brendan Fernandes).

He loved being Opa to Derek (Michelle), Jeff (Stacie), Kristyn (Lucas) Egli, Tony, Joe, Rob (Lindsay), Mandy (Chris Arnold), Stacey (Matt Kerslake), Dustin, Brooke, Nathan McIver (Sheena Cayer), Dylan, Mitch (Brooke Buren), Leah Sterczer,  Miles Boyington, Connor Boyington, Katie (Grant) Masse, Laura (Quinn) Shiels, Lauren Fernandes (Jake Swanson), Claire Fernandes and all 20  great grandchildren.

George will be missed by extended family in Germany and his friends in the area.

Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 49 Goshen Street North, ZURICH on Friday evening from 7 – 9 PM. Registration is required and appreciated. Please click “Register Now” below, to register. Parish prayers to be said in the funeral home on Friday evening at 6:30 PM. A private family funeral will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11AM. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery, Zurich.  Father Steve Eckert presiding.

The family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your home. Stream the live service or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh.  

Donations to Heart and Stroke or South Huron Hospital would be appreciated by the family.


Condolences for the family of “MATHONIA: George of Zurich”

Condolence from Kevin & Jeanette Masse on May 4th, 2022 2:23 PM

Our deepest sympathies to the Mathonia family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

Condolence from Richard & Brenda Schilbe on May 4th, 2022 3:14 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Mathonia family. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Doug & Betty Lynn Eckel on May 4th, 2022 3:55 PM

Sending our sincere sympathy to the entire Mathonia family. Cherish all of your wonderful memories. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏♥️

Condolence from Elaine and Don Beauchamp on May 4th, 2022 4:37 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy to all the Mathonia Family You’re in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time

Condolence from Sue Riley on May 4th, 2022 5:20 PM

Extending deepest sympathy to the Mathonia family.

Condolence from Clarence Rau on May 4th, 2022 5:46 PM

My Sincere sympathy to all of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Jeff and Lorraine Forrester on May 4th, 2022 6:22 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Mathonia family. Keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time.

Condolence from Jim Oesch on May 4th, 2022 7:04 PM

To George’s family ,
Real sad to hear of your Dad passing ,you all know what a great man that he will be remembered as . Christmas time at General Coach was time for your dad to have a little bottle of cheer for his friends 😉👍

Condolence from Cheryl and Bill Tong on May 4th, 2022 7:41 PM

So very sorry for your loss Karen Ray and family
Thoughts and prayers
Hugs 🤗

Condolence from Rodger and Charlene Finkbeiner on May 4th, 2022 7:57 PM

Sincere sympathy to the entire Mathonia family. Remember and cherish all your wonderful memories.

Condolence from Mozart Gelinas on May 4th, 2022 7:59 PM

Our sympathy and prayers Mozart and Julie
Had a lot of good times on stage with George. My first paying gig was in 1967 at the hall in Crediton guest vocals for the Country Five ; George was on the accordion.

Condolence from Alice Masse on May 4th, 2022 8:12 PM

To The Mathonia Family
Deepest Sympathy You are in our thoughts and prayers
I worked with George many years at the Coach a true gentleman
Don & Alice Masse

Condolence from Pauline Miller on May 4th, 2022 8:31 PM

My deepest sympathy to all the Mathonia Family!!

Condolence from DonnaO’Brien on May 4th, 2022 8:53 PM

George was a good man with a twinkle in his eye.We had some good times with him and Maria at the Minderleins.I send my sympathy to all of you ! Sincerely,Donnad

Condolence from Joe and Marilyn Kenda on May 4th, 2022 9:19 PM

Sending our deepest sympathy to the entire Mathonia family. Your Dad was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed our chats when every I would see him. I know that he will be welcomed with open arms by his dear Maria. RIP Dear George.🙏🏻💕

Condolence from Elaine Corbett on May 4th, 2022 9:22 PM

Our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of your father and grandfather! Cherish your memories to help you through this difficult time and the days ahead.

Condolence from Elaine Ducharme on May 4th, 2022 9:27 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all the Mathonia family.. George will be missed . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

George and Elaine Ducharme

Condolence from Martin and Cheryl Gelinas on May 4th, 2022 9:27 PM

Our deepest condolences to all of the Mathonia Family. Ours thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Steve & Deb Overholt on May 4th, 2022 9:39 PM

Our thoughts and prayers to all the Mathonia family. May you all keep your best memories of both your parents in your hearts. They are angels together and watching over you.

Condolence from George Watson on May 4th, 2022 11:04 PM

To the Mathonia family my sincere condolences to each and everyone of you. George worked at General Coach for years as a main lift truck operator,and being his supervisor found him to be dependable ,easy to get along with and an excellent worker.You can be proud of your Dad,he will be missed

Condolence from Sue and Mark Adams on May 5th, 2022 12:00 AM

Sending our thoughts, prayers and strength as you say goodbye to your Dad and Opa. ❤️🙏🏻 So sorry for your loss!

Condolence from Joe and Marilyn Kenda on May 5th, 2022 7:46 AM

To the Mathonia Family
Sending our deepest condolences in the loss of your dear father, grandfather and great grandfather. George was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed our chats whenever I would see him. I know that he will be welcomed with open arms by his dear Maria.
RIP George…🙏🏻💕

Condolence from Joe Rau on May 5th, 2022 7:52 AM

Ray Karen and the Mathonia family I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad

Condolence from Francis Denomme on May 5th, 2022 8:05 AM

We are deeply saddened to hear of George’s passing I got to know George and Maria when I drove bus for One Care I transported Maria weekly to the Adult Day Program in Exeter such a sweet lady. George such a pleasant man it was a pleasure knowing him always a smile and a very kind man. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all throughout this very trying time. RIP George.

Sincerely,

Bonnie Vinet & Francis Denomme

Condolence from Gerard & Henrica Masse on May 5th, 2022 8:17 AM

Our sympathies to the family, we will always remember how he went to visit his true love every day, rain or snow.

Condolence from Ted Ducharme on May 5th, 2022 8:45 AM

Our condolences to the families. Ralph and Mary Anne who I went to school with as a child at St Boniface.

Ted and Janny Ducharme

Condolence from Ron and Dianne Ducharme on May 5th, 2022 9:00 AM

The Mathonia Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with all
of you at this very sad time

Condolence from Greg & Brenda Dayman on May 5th, 2022 10:24 AM

Sending our Sincere Sympathy to All The Mathonia Family.

Condolence from Kim & Judy McKinnon on May 5th, 2022 3:32 PM

Our Deepest Sympathy to all of the Mathonia Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers through this sad time.

Condolence from Murray Armstrong on May 5th, 2022 3:43 PM

Our condolences to the Mathonia Family.

Lori and Murray Armstrong

Condolence from Marty and Julie Becker on May 5th, 2022 5:44 PM

Offering our most sincere condolences to the Mathonia family.
May all your wonderful memories bring you comfort.
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Rob and Lisa Miller on May 5th, 2022 7:20 PM

Sending Our sincere sympathy to all of the Mathonia Family. Thinking of you all while you cherish all the memories close to your heart.

Condolence from Rob Ducharme on May 5th, 2022 8:05 PM

I would like to extend my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Mathonia family

Condolence from Lori Masse on May 5th, 2022 8:18 PM

Mathonia Clan

Deepest Sympathy to all – Your father will be missed, a very talent man (musical) who has left each of his children very special memories.
Our thoughts are with each of you
Lori Masse & Jim Nyssen

Condolence from Fred Ducharme and Vicki Wale on May 5th, 2022 8:35 PM

Our deepest sympathy to Ray and Karen and the entire Mathonia family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Patti and Stevie Geoffrey on May 5th, 2022 8:48 PM

Dear Mathonia Family
Sending our heartfelt condolences to you during this sorrowful time.
Such a beautiful display of photos and fond memories to cherish forever.
Your father’s and Opa’s goodness and caring character will live on like a legacy of love that will always be with you.
Sending hugs
Patti and Stevie

Condolence from Steve & Tanis Denomme on May 5th, 2022 10:02 PM

Sending our heart felt sympathy to all of George’s family. He will be missed by all.

Condolence from Laura Wilder on May 5th, 2022 10:42 PM

My sincere condolences to the entire Mathonia family. He was the head of a wonderful family. I’m sure he will be deeply missed. Treasure the memories.

Condolence from Wayne Keller on May 6th, 2022 8:54 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mathonia family at this time. Hold on to the memories as we see from the picture there were many. Hugs Wayne &Bonnie

Condolence from Ron Beierling on May 6th, 2022 10:03 AM

Our sincere sympathy to all of the Mathonia Family. I enjoyed working with George many years ago at General Coach. He will be missed by everyone.
Ron and Catherine

Condolence from Shelley Bender on May 6th, 2022 11:58 AM

Sending our deepest sympathies
Jack and Shelley Bender

Condolence from Rob Marshall on May 6th, 2022 12:37 PM

My heart goes out to you Peter and Carolyn.

Condolence from louise alcock – haggitt on May 6th, 2022 12:57 PM

Deepest sympathies to the Mathonia family
Know Horst for many years as he worked with Paul and just lived down the road from us. In his years (30 years ago) when he would walk once in a while he would swing in for a cold glass of water , but he always knew there was also a little nip to go with it, but could only stay for one cause he couldn’t take the chance of Mommy smelling any thing on him. . I had known him for 5 years before I knew everyone else called him George . At the coach if he heard the name Horst he knew it was Haggy calling him. He was a great man and will be missed, but he is now back with Mommy , may he rest in peace .
Paul and Louise Haggitt

Condolence from Pat and StevevMeidinger on May 6th, 2022 1:23 PM

Our deepest condolences to all the Mathonia family. Geoge was an amazing man! May heaven rejoice as he entertains them with his musical talent! Rest In Peace dear George!🙏🙏🎶🎶

Condolence from Laura Overholt on May 6th, 2022 5:34 PM

My deepest sympathies to the entire Mathonia Family.
Thought and prayers to all.
Your Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather will be missed by all
who knew him.
RIP George.

Condolence from Ann on May 6th, 2022 6:50 PM

We are proud to know your Dad and Opa. So many memories to share. Our condolences Matt and Ann Aarts

Condolence from Norma Khan on May 7th, 2022 9:41 AM

We are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. There are many memories George playing in the band, pop in visits to Dad and Mom, and all those jokes and pranks. Let the music play on George.
Our condolences.

The family of Jim and Rena Young

Condolence from Dennis & Marlene Estep on May 7th, 2022 9:49 AM

Dear Mathonia Family,
Our condolences and our prayers on the passing of your dear Dad, and a friend to many. I enjoyed numerous conversations with George over the years and appreciated his smile and kindness. He will be missed, and your memories will last a lifetime.

Condolence from Theresa Finkbeiner on May 7th, 2022 4:29 PM

To the entire Mathonia Family
We want to offer our sincere sympathy for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the good memories you have of him comfort you in the days ahead.
Steve and Theresa Finkbeiner

Condolence from Charlie Dalrymple on May 7th, 2022 4:53 PM

I worked with George for many years, he was a great person. Rest in peace my longtime friend.

Condolence from Gary and Judy Kyle on May 8th, 2022 9:22 AM

To the Mathonia Family Gary and I send our sincere condolences for the loss of the Patriarch of the family. George was such a gentleman and the love for his dear wife was an inspiration. Enjoy all the memories.

Condolence from Jill & Ralph on May 8th, 2022 9:57 AM

Thinking of the Mathonia family & remembering a wonderful man.
Sincere condolences,
Jill & Ralph Geiger

Condolence from Ken and Marg Caldwell on May 8th, 2022 1:24 PM

Ray and Karen and all other members of the Mathonia Family: Sincere sympathy in the loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather, George. He will be greatly missed but will memories will keep him close in your heart and never forgotten. Ken and Marg Caldwll

Condolence from Rick & Patti Bedard on May 8th, 2022 2:10 PM

Sending our sincere condolences to the Mathonia family. George was a good fellow and wonderful musician. He will be missed.

Condolence from KELLY OCONNOR on May 8th, 2022 2:23 PM

Worked with George for many years at general coach where he was well respected, a kind and polite man for sure, extremely hard worker with a multitude of friends

Condolence from Christa Ihrig on May 13th, 2022 9:05 AM

Our Sincere Sympathy to the entire Mathonia Family.
I know your Dad will be greatly missed , but surely you have wonderful memories of your Dad .
Keep them alive with his beloved music talent .

We had the honour meeting him when we came to Canada.
If it was Oktober Fest at Hessenland or putting a band together for a parade in town .
Georg was always prepared to help .
It was a piece of Germany for us .

Dankeschön for the wonderful memories , sure you will have your Band in heaven already .

Mit stillem Gruß
Christa Ihrig & Family – Hessenland Inn –

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