Penny Jean Matthus, 61, of Mineral City, Ohio, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, from complications of COVID-19 on Monday, January 4, 2021. Born April 15, 1959 in Dennison, she was the daughter of Gary (Bessie) Beal, of San Bernardino, California and the late Beverly Jean (Boles) Garabrandt.
Penny was married to Kendall Dwaine Matthus, the love of her life, on December 27th, 1999, but lived together for almost 35 years. Penny previously worked as a STNA at New Dawn Nursing Home in Dover where she was employed for 10 years. She truly enjoyed working there and loved the residents that she cared for, and her coworkers. She loved to cook for family and friends, and canned fruits, vegetables and homemade jellies and jams. She even won 2nd place at the Tuscarawas County Fair Grounds for her beet jelly. Most notably she was known as an avid cake baker, baking and creating numerous wedding and birthday cakes throughout the years. She also loved tending to her flower garden each year and really treasured her huge elephant plants. She would always offer to provide an elephant plant starter from her flower garden to family, friends and even strangers. Her passion for a beautiful flower garden and yard, won several years of the Mineral City “Beautification” award.
She is survived by her loving husband, Kendall Matthus of Mineral City; her daughters, Beverly (Tatman) and Jason Fish of Meridian, Idaho, and Amber (Tatman) Stukey and Brian Schuler of Newcomerstown; step-children, Kendra (Matthus) and Todd Crilley of Mineral City, and Kendall Matthus II of New Philadelphia; sister-in-law, Wyladean Bitikofer of New Philadelphia; brother and sister-in-law Karl Jr. and Brenda Matthus of Mineral City; grandchildren, Andy and Alex Fish of Meridian, Idaho, Shelby, Cheyenne, and Hunter Stukey of Port Washington, Megan Crilley of Magnolia, Michael and Jessica Crilley of New Cumberland, Jesse Crilley of Attwood, Dillon and Tiffany Matthus of New Philadelphia, Devlin Matthus of New Philadelphia, Drake, Darrion and Tremor; and six siblings, several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her mother, Penny was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Forrest and Nellie Boles; mother and father-in-law Karl E. Matthus Sr. and Evelyn F. Matthus; and sister-in-law, Josephine Gadd.
In keeping with Penny’s wishes she will be cremated through the care of the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover. To sign an online guestbook for Penny, visit the obituary link on the funeral home’s website by visiting www.tolandherzig.com. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Tuscarawas County, 201 West Third St., Dover, OH 44622.