Katarina D. Matuska
January 20, 1995 – April 26, 2023
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lynn. She is survived by her father, Terry; sister, Danica Matuska; nephew, Dean Gebers.
VISITATION begins on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 10am at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (1821 N. 90 St) with a MEMORIAL SERVICE at 11am.
Katarina “Kat” Dianne Matuska passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and beloved friends Taylor, Taisha, Christian and Elise on April 26, 2023 after her fight with ovarian cancer. Kat was born in Omaha, NE on January 20, 1995, the daughter of Terry and Lynn Matuska. Kat is survived by her father, Terry Matuska (Jackie Taylor); sister, Danica (Alex Gebers); nephews: Dean, Tony and Travis Taylor; her beloved furry companion “Oliver”; and countless friends and family who were loved by her.
Kat was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Joseph & Lorraine Matuska; maternal grandparents, Russell and Lois Stedronsky; paternal aunt, Dianne Kocer; her mother, Lynn Matuska; and close friend, Allison “Allie” Patton.
Kat attended Omaha Westside High School where she lettered in softball as a second base player for the varsity team and played in three State Tournaments. After graduating in 2013 Kat went on to study at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Iowa Western before enrolling at Midwest Dental Assistants School to earn a dental assistant certification in 2019. After earning her certification, she started a career at Kelsey Periodontal Group where she created lasting friendships with her coworkers and bosses who loved and supported her during the battle with cancer every step of the way. In the interim, she worked for several local restaurants, Beacon Hills in particular, and developed lasting relationships there.
Her love of supporting the Green Bay Packers was known by those who knew her the best, cheering them on at home and introducing the family tradition to her nephew, Dean last year by attending a game at Lambeau. Her infectious smiles, laugh and personality allowed her to create lasting friendships with almost anyone she encountered. Despite her illness, many road trips, nights out celebrating, and trips to Ireland, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are some of the best memories she spoke about. She loved movies, live music, fashion, cooking, and reading.
Though Kat is no longer physically present, she will never be forgotten. Her infectious laugh and beautiful smile will live on in our memories forever. We love you more, KitKat. Her light was projected on all the people she met in her life journey.
Kat and her entire family are grateful for the compassionate care provided by everyone at St. Croix Hospice. The St. Croix staff consistently went above and beyond to make sure her final days and weeks allowed her to live out her life at home, in comfort surrounded by her family.
In lieu of flowers and cards, the family asks donations be made in her honor to The University of Nebraska Foundation specifically for the fight towards ovarian cancer.