Margaret “Pat” Matola died on Monday, June 23, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 78.
Born on October 18, 1935, in Charlestown, where she was also raised, Pat lived in Reading for 25 years raising her four girls. In 1987, she moved to Citrus Hills in Hernando, Fla., where she was a real estate agent for a number of years. She coordinated many events at the Ted Williams Museum, often with Ted Williams himself.
Pat moved to the Vineyard in 2005 and quickly settled into Island life. She became a well-loved member of the Island Elderly Housing (IEH) community and was a staple at The Anchors in Edgartown. She enjoyed supporting local events, including Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Minnesingers and theatre productions. A few of her proud Vineyard accomplishments include appearing in the Cape Cod Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 2008 and throwing out the first pitch at a MV Sharks game in 2012. She was also a faithful member of the Good Shepherd Parish. Pat enjoyed her many friends and acquaintances on the Vineyard, and she was known for her zest for life and spunky sense of humor.
The daughter of the late Frank and M. Evelyn McMakin, Pat was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother and a dear friend to many.She was the beloved wife of Elmer Matola, who passed away in 1997. She was a devoted mother to Peggy Stone of West Tisbury and her husband, Jeff, and her children, Jessica, Brittany and Matthew; Trisha Hill of Sharon and her children, Kyle and Kayla Sheehan; Chris Hill of Lynnfield and her children, Emily, Daniel and Joseph Staffier; and Kathie Hill of Austin, Texas.
Vineyard friends are welcome to celebrate Pat’s life on Saturday, July 12, during an 11 am Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Oak Bluffs. Off-island, relatives and friends will share in Pat’s memory during visiting hours on Monday, June 30, 4–7 pm, at Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St., Reading. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, July 1, at 10:30 am at St. Athanasius, 300 Haverhill St., Reading. Services will conclude with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Pat asked that in celebration of her life, her friends and family wear bright colors.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Pat’s memory to Island Elderly Housing, Inc. 60B Village Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.