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Matthew J. Sokolowski, 81, born into eternal life Sunday, May 2, 202,1 at home in Pipe Creek, Texas. Born in Chicago, Illinois to Joseph and Pauline (Paniak) Sokolowski on November 17, 1939. He married the love of his life, Elaine Zemlis, on September 30, 1961, at Church of The Immaculate Conception in Chicago, Illinois.

Matthew was a devoted, caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He was a mentor and coach to many individuals in Illinois, Florida and Texas. He was hired as the first construction painter in 1969 at Walt Disney World, then retired July 2005.

He was an avid outdoors man. He enjoyed hunting, boating, fishing, camping and RV traveling. He most of all loved being surrounded by friends and family, especially his grandchildren.

Matthew is survived by his loving wife, Elaine, of 60 years, their three children: daughter Deborah Shuford and husband Everett of NC, daughter Darlene Boalo and husband Robert of TX, son Joseph Sokolowski and wife Stephanie of NC, grandchildren: Everett, Amber, Zachary, Kristen, and Taylor, great-grandson Hunter; and brother Jim Sokolowski of Phoenix, Arizona.

A private family service was held. Family request donations go to the American Cancer Society.