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In Memory of

Richard Lee Matteo

December 20, 1939 - August 3, 2017

Obituary


Richard "Lee" Matteo, age 77, Seattle, Washington, went to be with the Lord on the evening of August 3, 2017, surrounded by loving family and caretakers. Born in Yakima, WA on December 20, 1939 to his parents August J. Matteo and Jeanette Macchia Matteo, Lee was the oldest of eight children. He spent his childhood days in Yakima and moved to Portland, Oregon in his high school years. He attended Central Catholic High School and later Portland State College. He spent several years in San Francisco where he was actively involved with Catholic social justice...

Richard "Lee" Matteo, age 77, Seattle, Washington, went to be with the Lord on the evening of August 3, 2017, surrounded by loving family and caretakers. Born in Yakima, WA on December 20, 1939 to his parents August J. Matteo and Jeanette Macchia Matteo, Lee was the oldest of eight children. He spent his childhood days in Yakima and moved to Portland, Oregon in his high school years. He attended Central Catholic High School and later Portland State College. He spent several years in San Francisco where he was actively involved with Catholic social justice issues of the 60's. He later rejoined his family in Seattle where he spent his remaining years. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 1994 and later began his second career as a volunteer for Group Health Hospital where he spent the next 15 years logging more than 4000 volunteer hours. He has lived for the past 14 years at the Merrill Gardens/Brookdale Retirement home in W. Seattle, where he made many friends. His kind and gentle nature made him a friend to all he met. Lee was an avid lifetime sports fan and especially loved the Chicago Cubs, the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, his brother John and an infant sister, Mary. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Judy (Jerry), Michael (Geri), Linda (Dick), Tony, Dennis (Teresa), sister in law, Joanne Matteo, 47 nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. There will be a funeral mass at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Burien on Monday, August 14, 11 am, Fr. John C. Madigan, presiding, followed by a reception in the church hall. Internment at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery will follow the reception. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in Lee's memory to the WA. Diabetic Assoc. of America or the American Lung Assoc. or to your favorite charity. Special thanks to the caretakers at Merrill Gardens/Brookdale Retirement, Comfort Keepers and Franciscan Hospice, he loved you all. Lee, you will always be in our hearts.

Arrangements under the direction of Yarington's Funeral Home, Seattle, WA.