Toni Ann Matassa, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 18, 2022, in Houston, Texas at the age of 64. Toni Ann Matassa was born on August 19, 1957, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Anthony Joseph and Rita Tobler Graffagnini, who predeceased her.
Toni loved animals, especially her German Shepherds and horses. She had a knack for interior design along with a passion for cooking and entertaining. Her amazing recipes were often sought after by those who had the privilege of enjoying a meal or two. An avid traveler, both domestically and internationally, Toni loved learning about new cultures and helping the local economies with her shopping. She especially enjoyed spending time at the beach with friends and family. She was a very active member of the Saint Faustina Catholic Church community, as well as the Chilterns American Women’s Club. Toni was a kind, generous and compassionate woman who always enjoyed helping others. She was truly thankful for the great friends and family that surrounded her until the very end.
She is survived by her adoring and devoted husband of 44 years, Vince Matassa of Katy, Texas; she is the cherished mother of Victoria Bercek (William) of Gig Harbor, Washington and Vincent Matassa, Jr. (Kristen) of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania; loving sister of Gayle Thibodeaux and Linda Mistretta (Ralph) of Slidell, Louisiana; proud grandmother of Eleanor and Annamae Bercek and Remi Matassa; her loyal and faithful German Shepherd, Dixie; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.
Toni was a blessing to all who knew her and will be deeply missed!
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, starting at 11:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Chapel at 1:00 PM celebrated by Rev. Dat Hoang. Burial will follow in All Saints Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial gifts may do so in the name of Toni Matassa to the Greater Houston German Shepherd Rescue or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
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Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue
P. O. Box 610150, Houston TX 77208-0150
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach CA 90266