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Matthias Jost

Matthias Jost

January 25, 1934 - June 3, 2018     Age: 84

Family and friends say “so long” to an extraordinary man, Matthias “Matt” Jost, 84 who died June 3, 2018.

Born January 25, 1934 to Anna and Josef Jost in Tschesterek, Yugoslavia.   Matt lost his Father when he was very young.  Josef was a victim of Genocide, post the fall of Hitler by Tito.

Matt survived Tito’s concentration camp Rudolfsgnad.   His mother (Anna) led them on three failed escapes, until the final fourth one.   This three person family of refugees made their way from Yugoslavia to Vienna where the Red Cross helped them.   Matthias credits the Red Cross with saving their lives.   Matt was disappointed that world leaders (to this day) did not formally acknowledge the atrocities his family (and many others) faced.

Matt’s Uncle Mark was able to sponsor them on the Queen Mary, making their way through Ellis Island.   At Ellis Island, Matt had the teenage exuberance to ensure proper spelling of his surname “Jost” not “Yost” as it is pronounced. Despite the years he spent as a refugee, and not speaking English, Matt went on to graduate High School on time.   Matt attended Saturday double features, to teach himself English.

Matt served in the Army as a chemical specialist.   His Citizen’s ceremony took place while he served, and ended up being a very special ceremony because duty caused him to miss the standard one.

Matt received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, the city which they called home for many years.  Matts’ long term career was that of a Regulatory Economist.

Matt’s passions include laughing, fried chicken, car-flipping, coffee and reading.  Matt is remembered by many as being inquisitive, funny, soft-spoken, and inherently optimistic.  Recently, when asked by the medical staff “Who was president?” he would reply “Hillary Clinton”.

Matthias and Joyce celebrated 50 years together on September 15, 2013.

Survived by Wife Joyce, Sister Katharina, son David and Daughter-in-law Lois.  Two grand-dogs. Two grandchildren.  Preceded by son Brian.

The family requests donations made to any of the following charities: Memorial United Methodist Church, Red Cross,  American Cancer Society North Hampton Crew.

          United Memorial Methodist Church

          In Memory of Matthias Jost

Services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Memorial United Methodist Church with a celebration to follow.

9 Condolences

  • Rhonda Baine Posted June 4, 2018 3:36 pm

    So Sorry for your loss Joyce. I know this was hard for you towards the end. You two made such a cute couple. I know I didn’t know you two very long, but it was so cute seeing you two having lunch or breakfast together when I would arrive.
    Your husband was so sweet. Because he was hard of hearing, I would just wave when I came in, and he would wave back!
    I was there when the Nurse asked him who was the President of The United States, and when he responded “Hilary Clinton” and seeing the reaction on her face, and then seeing him laugh, was so funny.
    Then when I had picked ya’ll up some soup on my way over, and he said- “You deliver too”, cracked me up!

    You, Dave and Lois, and all your family members, are in my thoughts and prayers..
    It was a pleasure getting to know you Joyce. If I can do anything for you, just call!

  • Tina Hemmrich Posted June 4, 2018 6:36 pm

    Joyce, Dave and Lois, all your family.

    I am so sorry for your loss.. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Tina, Will and Emily Hemmrich. Murfreesboro, TN

  • Joe and Debbie Bresette Posted June 4, 2018 6:36 pm

    Joyce, Dave, Lois and family,
    Just a quick note to let you know how sorry my wife Debbie and are I to hear of Matt’s passing. What a remarkable life Matt lived. From surviving Tito, to multiple escape attempts, to learning English by watching double features at Saturday matinees, to his tour in the Army, to graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, to a career as an Economist. Somehow though I believe if you asked Matt what his greatest accomplishment was, the answer would be marrying Joyce and having a wonderful family. May God Bless you Joyce, David and family

  • Joe and Debbie Bresette Posted June 4, 2018 6:38 pm

    Joyce, Dave, Lois and family,
    Just a quick note to let you know how sorry my wife Debbie and are I to hear of Matt’s passing. What a remarkable life Matt lived. From surviving Tito, to multiple escape attempts, to learning English by watching double features at Saturday matinees, to his tour in the Army, to graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, to a career as an Economist. That is a list of lifetime accomplishments that would be very hard to match. Somehow though I believe if you asked Matt what his greatest accomplishment was, the answer would be marrying Joyce and having a wonderful family. May God Bless you Joyce, David and family

  • Oprah W Posted June 5, 2018 12:54 pm

    One of my best “Morning Glory” friends, Haddonfield, NJ, I miss my friend! Prayers going UP!

  • Robert Lindsay Leckie Posted June 5, 2018 4:27 pm

    Matt was very special to many people. While he will be missed, his memory will live on in our hearts. May the God of our understanding comfort Joyce and Matt’s entire family.

  • Michelle Barnett Posted June 6, 2018 11:29 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss great aunt Joyce. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Tom Wills Posted June 7, 2018 3:47 pm

    I would run into Matt year after year when my family and I would come to Fernandina Beach on vacation. I loved his infectious laugh. He was such a nice man. I will keep Joyce and his other loved ones in my prayers. God bless all of you.

  • Ingrid Urben Posted June 11, 2018 12:25 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Aunt Joyce, cousin David, daughters’ in laws, grandchildren and countless of friends and former colleague s
    Uncle Matt has brought inspiration to evwryone he touched
    I am thankful that his sister Kay had a recent visit with him
    I remember good times when his family still lived in Pittsburgh: family gatherings, Christmas at Nana and Papa’s house. Him taking my brother Konrad to Penquin Hockey games, weddings etc. Ri love niece, Ingrid Urben
    Auf Wiedersehen.

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