Joe and Rosalie Matt were named Family of the Month for September by St. Scholastica Knights of Columbus Council 14485 in Lecanto. They have been married for 59 years and were blessed with four beautiful daughters. Joe and Rosalie are natives of Dayton, Ohio; but they resided in Vienna, Virginia for 22 years, before moving to Citrus County in 2000.
Joe attended the University of Dayton and received an associate’s degree in electrical engineering and completed airborne electronics training in the U.S. Air Force. Rosalie received an associate’s degree in general studies and an associate’s degree of applied sciences in early childhood development from Northern Virginia Community College.
Joe worked in high tech hardware and software sales for AMPEX Corp and International Imaging Systems, in the eastern United States and Canada. Rosalie worked for the U.S. Government. Joe was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and worked in airborne radio and radar maintenance at Tokyo International Airport in Japan for two years. He served at Limestone Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, for one year. Joe was a staff sergeant when discharged in 1956.
Joe became a member of the Knights of Columbus in 2014 by joining St. Scholastica Council. Having held the officer position of trustee, he is currently editor of the council newsletter. Joe received a certificate of merit in 2016. Joe and Rosalie were awarded Family of the Year for the fiscal year 2015-16 and Family of the Month for May 2018.
At. St. Scholastica Parish, Joe is a eucharistic minister, church cleaning crew member, active in the pro-life movement and patriotic rosary. At the Life Care Center of Citrus County in Lecanto, he is coordinator of the weekly Sunday morning communion service for Catholic patients.
Rosalie is a eucharistic minister, church cleaning crew member and was a member of the Parish Advisory Council at St. Scholastic Parish. She is active with the Community of Catholic Women as part of the spiritual ministry, reporting monthly on the traveling chalice, Pennies for Priests and prayer line. As team leader for the St. Scholastica Parish Culture of Life Ministry, Rosalie plans the monthly calendar and activities. She is also on the board for the Citrus County Right to Life, attending monthly meetings and activities for awareness of pro-life issues. Rosalie coordinates the parish patriotic rosary and annual Mass of Angels.