Louis S. Matte, 88

Machinist

October 25, 2007

Louis Stephen Matte, a retired machinist and Columbia resident, died of lymphoma Saturday at Howard County General Hospital. He was 88.

Mr. Matte was born in Farrell, Pa., and raised in Pittsburgh, Wyoming and Montana.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., and during the Korean War was an Air Force sergeant.

In 1953, Mr. Matte moved to York, Pa., where he worked for Sylvania Electric Co., which later became a part of Verizon. He retired in 1983.

In York, he was a member of the Masons, Knights Templar and the Harrisburg Shriners.

He also was a member of the Ellicott City Senior Citizens Center.

Mr. Matte enjoyed boating and was a member and former commodore of the Susquehanna Yacht Club.

He liked crabbing, golfing and spending winters in Florida.

His wife of 64 years, the former Helen Oakes, died in 2005.

Mr. Matte was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane in York, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are a son, Philip L. Matte of York; a daughter, Luana Thompson of Columbia; and two grandchildren.

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