William Andrew “Andy” Mathes, age 68, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Andy was born on July 5, 1952 in Jonesboro, AR, a son of the late Lee Mathes and Catherine (Kim) Mathes.
On August 2, 1975, Andy married Carol Pogorelac, the love of his life at St. Mary Catholic Church in Madison, IL. Andy served as Alderman for the 5th Ward of Granite City, and was a faithful member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL. He was also a member of Tri-Cities Knights of Columbus, St. Elizabeth Men’s Club, and he served on the board at Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Andy retired from Union Pacific Railroad as a switchman after many years of dedicated service. He was very active with the United Transportation Union, serving as president and many other positions with the union, and traveled to local schools to educated students about train safety as part of Operation Lifesaver. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. Andy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, Andy was preceded in death by a brother, Leland Mathes.
He is survived by his devoted wife of forty-five years, Carol Mathes of Granite City, IL; loving sons, Jason (Marilyn) Mathes of Glastonbury, Ct and Steven (Kara) Mathes of Granite City, IL; dear siblings, Mary Ann Hendrix, Robert (Sharon) Mathes and Jerry (Brenda) Mathes; proud grandfather to Emma Mathes, Lilly Mathes and Henry Mathes; many nieces, nephews, extended family and wonderful friends.
In celebration of his life, a private visitation and funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City, IL, with Father Alfred Tumwesigye officiating.
Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to American Kidney Foundation, masses or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.