FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Thomas F. Matto of Fairfield died Feb. 23. He was 87.
Matto was born in Bridgeport, Conn. Jan. 21, 1926 to Frank and Theresa Benitz Matto. His pursuit of higher education was postponed by WW II when he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio operator with the 501 Air Service Group in Weisbaden, Germany.
Following his military service Matto earned a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master's degree and sixth year teaching certificate from the University of Bridgeport.
Matto was employed by the Stratford Board of Education for 39 years as an English teacher and reading consultant. He also served as instructor at the University of Bridgeport summer reading clinics for 10 years, taught adult education in the Stratford school system evening class program and lectured in English at Housatonic Community College.
Matto is survived by three sisters, Susan Brown of Fairfield, Josephine LeClair of Florida and Sylvia Ferrante of Trumbull, and by 16 nieces and nephews, 35 grandnieces and grandnephews and several cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Theresa Matto and his brothers Frank, Charles, John and Laurence.
Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield, 2475 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield with the Rev. Gaylord Lemke, Care Pastor of the Black Rock Congregational Church, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport.