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William A. Mateer, Jr.

September 28, 2021

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Passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021 with his wife Lorraine and daughter Debbie by his side. Bill was born July 14, 1925 in Wilkinsburg, PA. He graduated from Braddock High School in 1942 and went on to the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a BS in metallurgical engineering. Bill started at US Steel in 1948 and worked his entire career there, primarily at Edgar Thompson Works. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army Air Force as a bombardier. Bill married Shirley Edstrom and they had  two children, Deborah Ventura and William, III. Bill and Shirley raised their family in Penn Hills and were longtime members of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Braddock. He served as a Republican committeeman and volunteered at the Penn Hills YMCA, Lions Club and was president of the Jefferson Heights Civic Association. Bill was elected to the school board in Penn Hills several times. Following Shirley’s death in 1981, Bill married Rita Brandy. They lived in Crafton until Rita‘s passing. Bill married Lorraine Contardi in 1990. They lived happily in Murrysville for many years. Both Bill and Lorraine were ordained ministers and active longtime members of Greater Works Outreach. Bill was preceded in death by his son Bill, who lived in  Atlanta with wife Ginny, daughter Ashley (Ryan Irvine) and son Scott (Abbey). Bill‘s daughter Debbie married David Ventura and they have three children Matthew (Brittney), Rebekah (Matt Tolino), and Adam (Christina). Bill also had eight great grand children. A private service was held Oct. 1, 2021. Arrangements were entrusted to TRENZ FUNERAL HOME, INC., Penn Hills

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