In Memory

Esther M Wozniak (Matla)

Esther M Wozniak (Matla)

ESTHER M. MATLA Age 68, of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday afternoon October 2, 2016 at home while being cared for by her family. She was born December 27, 1947 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late, Carl and Dorothy (Hundredmark) Wozniak also preceded in death by her sister, Judy Wozniak, father & mother-in-law, Ignace (Frances) Matla and brother-in-law, Doug Matla.

Mrs. Matla was a graduate of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing where she obtained her LPN, a longtime employee of the former Genesee Memorial Hospital (UMMC) where she later obtained her associates degree as a Registered Nurse at Genesee Community College and was the first to initiate the nursing scholarship for the hospital. Her love, compassion and devotion to nursing spanned some 40 years in which she touched the hearts and souls of many. Esther was stern, but always fair, she was devoted to her family and loved them unconditionally, at home it was three square meals a day for anyone that would walk through the door that was always open. She took great pride in her home, beds were always made and carpets vacuumed twice a day everyday and a two week vacation every year included cleaning of the curtains. She will be remembered for some of her “famous quotes”, many not print worthy, but those who heard them will forever smile when they think of them.

Surviving is her beloved husband with whom she shared 49 wonderful years with on September 23, 2016, Wayne Matla of Oakfield, son, Anthony Matla of Oakfield and his children, Ayva and Eyon; daughter, Nicole (Carlos) Samol of Batavia and children, Taylor and Alena Burr; sister, Sonja Twardowski of Buffalo; sisters-in-law, Diane Matla, and Mary Jo Matla both of Oakfield, brother-in-law, Greg (Ann) Matla of Rochester, daughter-in-law, Stacey McClurg of Oakfield along with nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Matla family will be present from 6-8PM on Friday October 7 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where funeral services will be held at 8:00PM. Memorials in her memory are suggested to the family.

Please share your words of comfort with Esther’s family at or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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10/07/16 03:56 PM #1    

Allen B Chatt

If this is a notification that Esther has passed away, I am deeply sorry for her family and grown-up friends. We were close when attending Brooklyn School primarily because we sat one behind the other in 5th and 6th grades (can't remember why, "C" & "W" ??). She established 'ground rules' for that relationship when, as young boys are want to do, I pulled her hair one day while seated at our desks.  NOT A GOOD IDEA as she whirled around with the grace of a ballet dancer and planted her fist firmly against my cheek with the power of a heavyweight boxer. Negative reinforcement was taught this future neuropsychologist that day and, quite obviously, I've never forgotten the lesson. May you Rest In Peace, dear Esther, from your grade school tormentor. - Allen

(submitted prior to the formal Obituary notice)

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