Deborah A. Mattern of Clearfield died Monday, April 16, 2018. She was 63.
Mrs. Mattern was born June 11, 1954 in Philipsburg to parents, Alice Elaine (Nelson) and Bernard Paul Kutch of Fallentimber. Her mother survives.
Mrs. Mattern graduated from the Glendale High School in 1972. She was a registered nurse, having obtained her education from The Philipsburg State General Hospital School of Nursing in 1976.
She demonstrated her aptitude by scoring in the top 2 percent of the nation on her licensing examination.
During her career, Mrs. Mattern worked at Philipsburg Hospital, Altoona and Mercy Hospitals, Clearfield Hospital, DuBois Regional Medical Center and Mountain Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was proficient in emergency and intensive care, mental health, renal dialysis and senior care. Mrs. Mattern served as a supervisor of Clearfield Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and at Mountain Laurel.
Accolades of Mrs. Mattern’s professional career are attributed to her compassion for patients, her intuitive understanding of medicine, her composure during an emergency and her grace with her co-workers.
She retired from nursing to devote her time to her ailing husband.
On June 12, 1987, she married J. Richard Mattern II, Esquire of Clearfield. He preceded her in death Sept. 30, 2016.
She was also preceded in death by her father, Bernard Paul Kutch and a brother, Bernard Gregory Kutch.
Mrs. Mattern was most radiant when she danced with her husband. Mr. and Mrs. Mattern continue to be credited with their ability to captivate an audience.
Mrs. Mattern is survived by her daughter, Christine J. Kutch and her companion Timothy M. Ryan Jr. and their son, Taylor N. Kutch and his companion, Michaela A. Colavecchi of Clearfield; her daughter, Melanie S. Croyle and her husband, David and their children, Ethan and Elliott of Sandy Ridge; her sister, Donna M. Hartian and her husband, Kevin and their children, Olivia and Nathan of Virginia; her brother, Curtis P. Kutch and his companion, Candace Snyder of Altoona; her brother, David J. Kutch of Fallentimber; her brother, Daniel A. Kutch and his wife, Stephanie and their children, Elisa, Emily and Joshua of Altoona; her step-son, William Ulerich Mattern and his wife, Heather of Tennessee; her step-son, Richard Kemple Mattern and his wife, Jennifer and their children, Rowan and Brenna of Florida; her sister-in-law, Pamela Bell and her husband, Hiram and their children, Mary Elizabeth and David of North Carolina; a brother-in-law, Charles Mattern of North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Constance Ulerich Meaney and her husband, Raymond of California; and a step-daughter from a prior marriage, Nicole (McDowell) Myers and her husband, R.J., and their children, Allen and Arec.
Mrs. Mattern is also survived by her devoted friend, Maria Franson and her husband, William of Clearfield.
Based upon Mrs. Mattern’s adoration of and devotion to her surviving canine companion, Abigail Van Buren Mattern, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Animal Welfare Council/Allegheny Spay and Neuter Clinic in Woodland, PA, c/o Kimberly McKenrick. Abigail resides with Mrs. Mattern’s trusted friend and family member, Eileen F. Ryan of Clearfield.
Mrs. Mattern was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Clearfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday at the church, with Fr. Brandon M. Kleckner as celebrant.
A reception for friends will follow at the location of Mr. and Mrs. Mattern’s most notable dance floor, Elks BPOE, 301 N. Second St., Clearfield, PA.
Mrs. Mattern has been placed in the care of her friend, J. Charles Heath of The Heath Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC, Osceola Mills. Online memorials may be submitted at www.heathfuneral.com.