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Sam Mattis

1945 - 2021

Loves Park


Sam Mattis, 75, of Loves Park, departed this life peacefully on March 30, 2021 after a brief illness. Sam was born in Rockford on May 7, 1945 to Joseph and Genevieve (Pumilia) Mattis. He was a proud graduate of West High School class of 1964. Serving on the Class Reunion committee for many years. He was employed in the grocery business for over 45 years retiring from Hilander Foods. Sam was a lifelong Chicago Sports enthusiast. He loved watching the Cubs, Bears, and Bulls. Rarely missing a game. Supporting them no matter what their season looked like. He enjoyed playing golf as much as possible, and playing Bocce with his brother Nick, nephew Joe and cousin George. In his younger days he loved to host holiday parties. 

Sam loved his family and leaves behind brother, Nick (Sharon); niece, Nicole (Brandon) Foster; nephew, Joseph Mattis; great-niece, Sophia Mattis; great-nephews, Dominic and Mattis Foster; special cousins, Mike and Sara Stapleton-Metairie, La; numerous cousins from Rockford, Madison, WI and Louisiana. 

He was blessed to have good friends Dr. Mark and Margot Orlandini and family, S.C., Rick and Corkie Boenzi, and Joe and Donna Kowaleski-Rockford.

He is predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Genevieve Mattis; sister, Elizabeth Mattis; aunts and uncles, Ethel Pumilia, Mary Digiovanni Zammuto, Ted and Margaret Adcock, George Mattis, Sr. and Hank Mattis and cousins, Geraldine Giovingo and Siobhan Brumfield.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Anthony Hospital, P.A. Peterson and Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion in making sure all of Sam’s needs were met and provided excellent medical care.

Sam wanted everyone to remember him during his healthy and happy times and enjoying life with family and friends.

He requested a private family internment service only.






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Joe Kowalewski

April 4, 2021 12:01 PM

Nick and Sharon, so sorry for your loss. When Sam and I were younger we were best of friends. I still consider him to be one of my all time best friends. He was the Best Man in our wedding almost 54 years ago! The adventures we have had over the years are legionary! Our trip to CA, when we were just out of high school was one of the best times of both our lives...and the stories live on! We experienced so many things it is hard to just limit it to a few words here... Climbing Longs Peak in CO (even if he didn't make it to the top), caving in Maquoketa, IA, hanging out with the Tyo's (Mickie, Thea and Bobby), going to movies theaters wherever we might be, driving down to DeKalb for a Whopper (long before we had a Burger King in Rockford), and of course meeting "Mike the Moon" and family in Louisiana! Due to the pandemic I haven't seen Sam as often as I used to but I will miss him dearly!   Sam, you will be missed!  Best Friend always, Joe K.

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