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MaryRita Mathis

Published on June 07, 2023

West Leyden- MaryRita Mathis, 87, passed away on June 3, 2023 while at home where she was being cared for by her family and friends.

MaryRita was born in Constableville, NY on December 1, 1935 to Loretta and Rudolph Morczek. She attended Constableville schools where she graduated as the Salutatorian of her class in 1954. MaryRita then attended the Syracuse School of Business going on to work for over 30 years as a secretary for the West Leyden /Adirondack Central school system. She was well liked by her coworkers and students, often filling in for the school nurse when they didn't have one.


MaryRita met James (Jim) Mathis from West Leyden, NY prior to attending business school. They were married on July 21st, 1956. They went on to have five daughters, Audrey Mathis of Syracuse, Gisele Zelazowski of Boonville, Yvonne Mathis Jerome, Michelle (Rick) Dale and Tabitha Mathis, all of West Leyden. Rick Dale was the son they never had!


MaryRita was an avid gardener. She and Jim also loved to play cards which they did with their relatives, children and friends. They were life members of the American Legion and VFW in Boonville, NY. 


MaryRita's 8 grandchildren added another dimension to her life. She loved spending time with them and always seemed just a bit younger when she was with them. She was fortunate to be able to share a small part of her life with her 7 great grandchildren. 


In addition to her husband, Jim, who died on February 1, 2004, MaryRita is predeceased by her brothers, Robert, Adolph, Gilbert, and Peter Morczek. She is survived by her brothers, David and Rudolph Jr. and sister, Roseanne.


The Mathis family would like to thank Beth Beyel and MaryRita's niece Sheila Underwood who helped provide care and love for our mother during her illness. The family would also like to thank the staff at Lewis County Hospice for their support.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held on June 29, 2023 at 10:30 am  at St. Mary's Nativity Church in West Leyden with Father Lawrence Marullo officiating. Interment will be in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Fish Creek. Friends and family may call at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post St., Boonville, NY from 4 to 7 pm on June 28, 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, NY 13367.  For an online message of sympathy please go to