Matthew E. Cayuela

Matthew E. Cayuela, 85, Duncansville, formerly of Tioga Street, Westmont, died peacefully in his sleep Tuesday.

He was born in Johnstown, son of the late Matthew and Mary Cayuela.

Surviving are a son, Matthew G. of Indian Lake; a daughter, Deborah Lamb of Tampa, Fla.; four granddaughters: Lauren Cayuela of Philadelphia, Ali Cayuela of Columbus, Ohio, and Amy Hughes and Lori Hill, both of Johnstown; three sisters: Eleanor “Nona” Cayuela of Duncansville, Ramona J. Petak and husband, William, of Palos Verdes, Calif., and Sara M. Coon of Altoona; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Matthew was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific Theater aboard several ships, including the USS Ascella and the USS Delta. He worked as a draftsman at the general office of Bethlehem Steel, Johnstown, for 15 years, then as a consultant and engineer for H.F. Lenz until his retirement. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church since 1936 and served many years as a deacon.

Matthew was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and was a season ticket holder since the early 1950s. He enjoyed spending weekends and vacations relaxing at Indian Lake, taking walks in lower Westmont, where he lived for many years, and meeting with his friends at the local McDonald’s every morning.

Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., 921 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown, the Rev. Stephen G. Durr officiating.

Matthew suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for the last decade of his life. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.