Jean D. Matusz, long-time secretary to Bernard J. Kobosky when he was vice chancellor of Public Affairs, died Dec. 26, 2020, at 85.
A native of Wilmerding, Matusz graduated from Wilkinsburg High School and began her career as a secretary at Pitt in June 1953, initially in the registrar’s office, before moving to the Office of Public Affairs.
“I met Jean Matusz on my very first day at the University, Jan. 14, 1970,” recalled former colleague Gary Houston. “I was hired by Bernie Kobosky as his executive assistant, and Jean served as his secretary. But she was so much more, really Bernie's alter ego and a leveling influence. She was dedicated to Bernie and the University and her many friends there. I remember her lunchtime card games and her dedication to her feline friends. Jean stayed with Bernie throughout her working years and moved with him to UPMC when he left the University (in 1988).”
Matusz retired in July 1992.
Born Oct. 2, 1935, she was the sister of MaryAnn Peterson (Edward Sr. deceased), John Matusz (Camillia) of Plum, and the late Walter Matusz (Gerry deceased). She is survived by her nieces Diane Bentley (Brian), Karen Coley (William) and nephews Walter Matusz (Alice), Edward Peterson Jr. (Heidi), Glenn Peterson (Doug Kraushaar), John Matusz and by her great-nieces and great-nephews.
She enjoyed bowling, playing pinochle with family, watching Star Trek and sports, especially tennis, playing bridge with friends and sheltering cats.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Humane Animal Rescue, 6926 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208 or humaneanimalrescue.org.