WESTFIELD - Michael J. Mata, Sr., of Hickory, N.C., formerly of Falconer, N.Y., and Westfield, N.Y., died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
He was born Sept. 16, 1932, the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Bova) Mata.
He is a veteran of the Marine Corps serving from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War. He retired from Dowcraft Corporation and in earlier years worked in construction.
He is survived by his son, Mick (Cathy) Mata; two grandchildren, Tyler and Zakery of Kennedy, N.Y.; his companion, Carole Brands, and his pets, Pebbles and BamBam, of Hickory, N.C.; a sister, Pal (Bill) Bollman of Danville, Ind.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m., at the MASON Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, N.Y., with Fr. Marius J. Walter officiating.
Private burial will be in St. James Cemetery, Westfield. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice. Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send the Mata family a message of sympathy.