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On Saturday June 27, 2020, Celia L. Matus, a loving wife, business entrepreneur, and mother of five children passed away at the age of 91.

Celia was born August 10, 1928 in Jinotepe, Nicaragua to Lucila Dietrich and Juan Lopez Rodriguez. On August 18, 1946, Celia L. Lopez married Jose Santos Matus. They raised 5 sons together: Ramon Armengol, Roberto Tadeo, Sergio Jose, Oscar Arcenio, and Santos Alberto. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister & aunt, all while maintaining the business she and Santos built together: Panaderia Matus, the true gem of Barrio Alta Gracia, in Managua, Nicaragua.

The pride Celia had when she spoke of her love for her family and her life’s work were undeniable. She was a passionate woman whose demeanor spoke to great lengths without a word being said; with grace that made her a woman wise beyond her years.

She was captivating, high-spirited, but most of all she was proud. She loved her country, family, friends, life’s work, but loved most of all, the joy these brought her and the laughter and memories they provided her. Celia was a devoted Catholic, whose day always began with a café con leche and praying for her family.

She was known for her quick remarks, her infectious smile, and her strong, but still kind and compassionate spirit. The Panaderia has now come and gone, but Celia was truly the heart and soul, she was our family’s true gem. Her love, compassion and strong will lives on with every member of the family: her sons, their wives, their children and their children’s children. Take comfort in knowing this:  she lived a long, beautiful, blessed life and is now reunited with her beloved husband, taking pleasure in sharing their café con leche together and taking pride in “sus hijos” and the legacy they cultivated.

Family will greet friends for a visitation from 5pm-8pm on Monday, July 6 at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, beginning with a rosary at 9:30am, followed by a funeral mass as 10:00am. Burial will follow at San Tan Memorial Gardens at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek.

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6 responses to “Celia L. Matus”

  1. Celia Montoya says:

    My condolences be with all the Matus family, her sons, daughters in law, grand children and great grandchildren. May tia Celia Rest In Peace with our Lord-God and her memory, her love live in the hearts of the ones that loved her.

  2. Emelda Dietrich/ Mario & Gyla says:

    Rest in peace beloved aunt Celia! Thank you for the legacy of love that you left in the family. My mother always told me about your teachings, the love, and all the times that you did not want her to go out! Thank you for acting as a mother to my mom, for teaching her so much, that even to this day, I keep on learning from her. Thank you for being that sweet tía, who as soon as I walked in to your home, you will ask someone to give me a pico and a Kola Shaler! I will always remember the way you made me feel when you saw me! Thank you, thank you! I have been blessed with my tías!
    Now you must be rejoicing with Tío Santos! What a wonderful love you had! Hugs and kisses to my cousins and family! Descanse en paz querida Tía Celia!

  3. Luis A. Cabrera says:

    En mi nombre de mi familia, Cabrera , nos unimos en este dolor y enviamos nuestro apoyos familiar, mis mas sentido pesame, a la familia Matus, de este dolor debido a la perdida de nuestra tia querida. Para mi y mi familia fue una tia muy importante en nuestra vida personal, la recordaremos con un inmenso amor.

    Hoy te digo Bye, tu estare en nuestro corazon. (Rest Easy)

  4. Escarlet Obando says:

    Desde Ottawa, Canada
    Les envío a la familia de Doña Celia Matus, mis más sentido pesame.
    Cómo vecina que fui del barrio Altagracia, recordaré a doña Celita con mucho cariño y admiración.
    Con mucho Cariño
    Escarlet Obando

  5. Ligia Dietrich says:

    Mi más sentido pésame a la familia Matus por su gran pérdida, que Dios les de mucha fortaleza

  6. Alejandra Perez says:

    Mi madre la recordará con todo el amor del mundo ella fue más que una hermana para ella fue ” su segunda madre” su amiga su refugio. Tantos momentos juntas. Que descanse en paz querida tía Celia.

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Celia L. Matus


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On Saturday June 27, 2020, Celia L. Matus, a loving wife, business entrepreneur, and mother of five children passed away at the age of 91.

Celia was born August 10, 1928 in Jinotepe, Nicaragua to Lucila Dietrich and Juan Lopez Rodriguez. On August 18, 1946, Celia L. Lopez married Jose Santos Matus. They raised 5 sons together: Ramon Armengol, Roberto Tadeo, Sergio Jose, Oscar Arcenio, and Santos Alberto. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister & aunt, all while maintaining the business she and Santos built together: Panaderia Matus, the true gem of Barrio Alta Gracia, in Managua, Nicaragua.

The pride Celia had when she spoke of her love for her family and her life’s work were undeniable. She was a passionate woman whose demeanor spoke to great lengths without a word being said; with grace that made her a woman wise beyond her years.

She was captivating, high-spirited, but most of all she was proud. She loved her country, family, friends, life’s work, but loved most of all, the joy these brought her and the laughter and memories they provided her. Celia was a devoted Catholic, whose day always began with a café con leche and praying for her family.

She was known for her quick remarks, her infectious smile, and her strong, but still kind and compassionate spirit. The Panaderia has now come and gone, but Celia was truly the heart and soul, she was our family’s true gem. Her love, compassion and strong will lives on with every member of the family: her sons, their wives, their children and their children’s children. Take comfort in knowing this:  she lived a long, beautiful, blessed life and is now reunited with her beloved husband, taking pleasure in sharing their café con leche together and taking pride in “sus hijos” and the legacy they cultivated.

Family will greet friends for a visitation from 5pm-8pm on Monday, July 6 at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home in Queen Creek. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 7 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, beginning with a rosary at 9:30am, followed by a funeral mass as 10:00am. Burial will follow at San Tan Memorial Gardens at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek.

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6 responses to “Celia L. Matus”

  1. Celia Montoya says:

    My condolences be with all the Matus family, her sons, daughters in law, grand children and great grandchildren. May tia Celia Rest In Peace with our Lord-God and her memory, her love live in the hearts of the ones that loved her.

  2. Emelda Dietrich/ Mario & Gyla says:

    Rest in peace beloved aunt Celia! Thank you for the legacy of love that you left in the family. My mother always told me about your teachings, the love, and all the times that you did not want her to go out! Thank you for acting as a mother to my mom, for teaching her so much, that even to this day, I keep on learning from her. Thank you for being that sweet tía, who as soon as I walked in to your home, you will ask someone to give me a pico and a Kola Shaler! I will always remember the way you made me feel when you saw me! Thank you, thank you! I have been blessed with my tías!
    Now you must be rejoicing with Tío Santos! What a wonderful love you had! Hugs and kisses to my cousins and family! Descanse en paz querida Tía Celia!

  3. Luis A. Cabrera says:

    En mi nombre de mi familia, Cabrera , nos unimos en este dolor y enviamos nuestro apoyos familiar, mis mas sentido pesame, a la familia Matus, de este dolor debido a la perdida de nuestra tia querida. Para mi y mi familia fue una tia muy importante en nuestra vida personal, la recordaremos con un inmenso amor.

    Hoy te digo Bye, tu estare en nuestro corazon. (Rest Easy)

  4. Escarlet Obando says:

    Desde Ottawa, Canada
    Les envío a la familia de Doña Celia Matus, mis más sentido pesame.
    Cómo vecina que fui del barrio Altagracia, recordaré a doña Celita con mucho cariño y admiración.
    Con mucho Cariño
    Escarlet Obando

  5. Ligia Dietrich says:

    Mi más sentido pésame a la familia Matus por su gran pérdida, que Dios les de mucha fortaleza

  6. Alejandra Perez says:

    Mi madre la recordará con todo el amor del mundo ella fue más que una hermana para ella fue ” su segunda madre” su amiga su refugio. Tantos momentos juntas. Que descanse en paz querida tía Celia.

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