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BLOOMINGTON - Matthew Kochan, 88, of 13 Grapevine, Bloomington, died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 12, 2006) at his residence.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Patrick's of Merna Catholic Church, Bloomington. Father Jerry Ward will officiate. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, where military honors will be conducted by the Carl S. Martin American Legion Post of Normal.

Matthew was born April 28, 1917, in Cicero, a son of Joseph and Connie Citak Kochan. They preceded him in death. He married Charlotte Poremba on July 11, 1942, in Chicago. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Matthew (Linda) Kochan, Plano, Texas; two daughters, Charlene McAuley, Bloomington, and Linda (Bob) Trippel, Bloomington, formerly of Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Karen Drake, Jason Paugys, Jill Paugys, Kevin Kochan, Jeremy Paugys, Brian Trippel, Megan Trippel, Laura Kochan and John Kochan; one great-grandchild, Olivia Drake; two sisters, Mary Falcinelli and Stella Montgomery; and two brothers, Albin (Evelyn) Kochan and Walter (Mary Ann) Kochan.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Eddie Kochan.

Matthew worked for John R. Thompson, owner of Connie and Barb's Restaurant in Downers Grove, and ARA Services.

He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in WWII as a Mess Sergeant. He attended St. Patrick's of Merna Catholic Church.

Matthew was known for his great sense of humor and his dedication to his wife of 63 years. He will be greatly missed by many. He never met a slot machine he didn't like.

"Grandpa, you will always be my special buddy. Love, Brian."

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