- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Anne Constance Matulis, a homemaker and military wife who had lived in the Washington area for 48 years, died Oct. 15 of respiratory failure while on vacation in Atlantic City, N.J. She was 94.

Born in 1912 in Jerome, Pa., to Lithuanian immigrant parents, Mrs. Matulis moved with her family to New Britain, Conn., after the death of her father.

She graduated from New Britain High School and went to work as a cosmetician and lingerie model for G Fox and Co., an early high-end retailer in Connecticut.

In 1941, she married Raymond George Matulis, a Latin teacher and career Army officer who retired as a lieutenant colonel.

At the end of World War II, Mrs. Matulis joined her husband in Linz, Austria, where he was assigned in counterintelligence.

There, she worked to support the displaced and war-ravaged families in the area. In 1953, the family moved to Monterey, Calif., but returned to Austria in 1954, this time to Salzburg and then to Stuttgart, Germany, where Mrs. Matulis worked as a kindergarten teacher and was affectionately called “Miss Tulip” by her students.

In 1958, the family was stationed in the Washington area, where they remained.

Mrs. Matulis worked as a cosmetician for the Drug Fair Co. in Arlington and for Elizabeth Arden at the Connecticut Avenue Salon.

She measured her own worth by the lives she touched and the friends she fed, said her daughter, Elissa Myers of Springfield. Her personal mottoes were “There is always room for one more” and “There is time for everything.”

At her 90th birthday celebration at the Army Navy Country Club, one close friend said among many tributes: “Her door was always open and welcoming, with the aroma of wonderful cooking drawing friends and neighbors in a constant stream. I remember chewy brownies, delicious chocolate chip cookies and, of all things, cabbage rolls. She is the only person I know who makes good cabbage rolls.”

A devout Catholic, Mrs. Matulis was a member of the Holy Spirit Congregation in Annandale.

She was an excellent bridge player and a stalwart bingo player. A gifted gardener, she carried seeds of special plants from one garden to another through the decades. This year, her garden included onion sets transplanted from her mother’s garden in the 1950s.

In 1955, Mrs. Matulis and her husband won a pro-am golf tournament that included legendary pro Ken Venturi. They were members of the Soldiers and Airmens Home and Golf Course in the District.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a brother, William Carino of Columbia, S.C.; three sisters, Mae Diemente of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Lou Hartney of Boulder Creek, Calif., and Adeline Mitchell of New Britain; a granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 53 years died in 1994, and a son, Raymond George Matulis II, an Air Force pilot, died in 1975 in the crash of a test plane in the Gulf of Mexico.

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