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Sylvester George Matej
(July 30, 1937 - October 14, 2011)

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Sylvester George Matej

Sylvester George Matej was born on July 30, 1937 in Rosenberg, Tx to James and Anne Matej. On October 14, 2011 he went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 74.

Sylvester graduated from Orchard High School and later attended Wharton County Jr College. He spent the majority of his career as a farmer in the local area and then later worked as an independent insurance agent. Sylvester received a certificate from Rhema Bible School. He was active in spreading the gospel throughout his daily life and in his service to the church. Sylvester and his wife Jannie have been active members of Christ Is Life Church for 22 years where they participated in street ministries, leading Sunday school and hosting bible studies for 22 years in their home. Sylvester and Jannie were also active in Altar Ministries and were servants to the Lord in praying for and talking with people who had just received their salvation. Sylvester and Jannie also served as elders to Christ Is Life Church for numerous years. Sylvester formed Matej Ministries and used this ministry to spread the Word of God via CD and DVD teachings.

Sylvester was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Henrietta Bucek and his first wife Irene Owczarzak Matej.

Sylvester has a large family and he was extremely proud of the fact that each of them has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. One of the major priorities of his life was to ensure that his family was strongly grounded in God’s Word and active in their churches.

Sylvester’s family includes his wife Jannie. His children and great grandchildren are: - Charlotte Matej Bowden and her husband Barry and their children Nathan and Veronica - Susan Matej Rardin and her husband Rick - Kenneth Matej and his wife Carolyn and their children Kristen, Garrett, Kara and Bethany - David Owens and his children Jillian and Riley - Chris Owens and his wife Judy and their children, Christopher, Michael David, Mercedes, Teague and Patrick and great grandchildren Ryley Ann and Aaden - Dawn Zahradnik and her husband Richey and their children Benjamin, Jessica, Blake and great grandchild Brinley - Kelly Morales and her husband Leonard and their children Jon, Melanie and Kaylen - And Sylvester’s “unofficially adopted” family includes Chavelo and Rosie Maldonado and their sons Isaiah, Eli and Malachii. Sylvester’s brother is James Matej and his wife Eleanor.

A Celebration Service in memory of Sylvester George Matej, will be held at 3 PM Sunday, October 16, 2011, at Christ Is Life Church. A private burial service will follow.

Condolence messages may be written for the Matej family at

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, 1201 Fourth Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471 (281)342-4671.


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