Mathew Peter Lanza

Dec. 7, 1922 – Oct. 9, 2018

Mathew Peter Lanza (December 7, 1922 – October 9, 2018) went home to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 95 in Wofford Heights. The youngest and last survivor of 10 children, Matt was born in Cleveland, OH, to Santa Maria Loiacono of Palermo, Sicily, and Emmanuele Lanza of Trapani, Sicily, Italy. Matt moved to Southern California with his family in the 1930s and later served meritoriously as a Petty Officer First Class in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during WWII as a Machinist’s Mate from March 1943 to April 1946. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1948 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and worked as a draftsman, machinist and later as a Systems Analyst designing guidance systems for the Minuteman missiles in the 1960s at Autonetics, which later became Rockwell International. He was also a real estate broker and investor and an entrepreneur, at one time owning and running a Christmas tree farm in Pedley, Calif. Matt is survived by J. Evelyn (See) Lanza, the mother of his children, and their seven children: Joan, Joseph, Mary, Michael, Timothy, Theresa, and David; as well as 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren, with whom he shared his strong sense of patriotism, incredible work ethic, thirst for knowledge and a deep faith in God. There will be a viewing on October 18 at Lake Isabella Valley Mortuary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a service to celebrate his life at 6 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Bakersfield National Cemetery on October 19, 2018.