John Edward Matetich Jr.

November 8, 1950 ~ May 18, 2022 (age 71)


John Edward Matetich Jr.

November 8, 1950           May 18, 2022


John Edward Matetich, Jr., 71, of
Hibbing, MN, passed away May 18, 2022,
surrounded by family.
He was born November 8, 1950 in Grand
Rapids, MN to John Edward Matetich, Sr. and
Irene Post. He graduated from Hibbing High
School in 1969, then studied and played baseball
at the University of Minnesota and Southern
Methodist University (Dallas, TX). He returned to
Hibbing to work alongside his father as a partner
of Matetich Insurance Agency and enjoyed
traveling around the world with family and
friends. John was united in marriage to Christine
Appicelli on June 14, 1986, at Grace Lutheran
Church, where they have continued to worship as
active congregation members.

John loved his life as a husband, father,
and “papa” while enjoying his career of serving
the Iron Range as an Insurance Agent, recently
celebrating Matetich Insurance Agency’s 75th
year of business. His love of learning lent to his
hobbies of reading and traveling. He always
encouraged his children to “keep the faith” and
used sports to train in the “game of life.” These
lessons were taught around the table (where food
is love), in the garden, on the ball field, in the
Sunday school room, and any moment in between
when a pep talk was needed.

He is survived by his wife, Christine;
siblings, Noreen (Jon) Maturi, Linda (Patrick)
Bujold, James (Teresa) Matetich, and Marie (Kevin Griswold) Matetich; son, John Matetich III; daughters, Annamaria (Douglas)
Haugen, Marisa (Joseph) Jump, Christina (Wil)
Maki; grandchildren, Nehemiah, Ezra, and
Gloriana Haugen, Liam and Lyle Maki, Jewel and

Joseph Jump; and many beloved nieces and

He was preceded in death by his mother,
Irene, in 2011; and his father, John, in 2013.

Funeral services for John will be 11:00 am, Saturday, May 28, 2022 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hibbing.  The Rev. Tim Yearyean will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, with a special time of sharing at 6:15 pm, Friday, May 27, 2022 at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.  The visitation will then continue from 10 am until the 11:00 am funeral service at the church on Friday.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing.   In lieu of flowers, plants or donations can be sent to
Grace Lutheran Church, Hibbing, MN. Arrangements are with the Dougherry Funeral Home of Hibbing


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May 27, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dougherty Funeral Home (Hibbing)

May 28, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
4020 9th Avenue West
Hibbing, Minnesota 55746

Funeral Service
May 28, 2022

11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church
4020 9th Avenue West
Hibbing, Minnesota 55746

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