Joseph “Jay” Mattwaoshshe Obituary

May 28, 2011 –


MAYETTA – Joseph “Jay” Mattwaoshshe, Nanimnekshkek, 70, of Mayetta, died Thursday, May 26, 2011 at the Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.

He was born January 1, 1941 at Holton, the son of Lorenzo and Victoria Wabaunsee Mattwaoshshe. He graduated from Hoyt High School in 1960 and attended Haskell Indian Junior College.

Jay retired from Goodyear and was presently employed with Auto Drive Away.

He was a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, an active volunteer at the Firekeepers Elder Center, and was vice chair of Region VII of the American Indian Council Board of Directors.

Jay was married to Geneva Upton. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, former wife, Mayme Hubbard Mattwaoshshe,

great grandson, Timothy Wahweotten, and a step-son, Robert Willoughby.

Other survivors include his children, Nona Wahweotten, Cindy LeClere, Paula Moore, Rick Rector, Frank Rector, and Charles Seymour, all of Mayetta, Laura Abeyta, Delia, Dennis Harrison, Omaha, NE, Julia Masquat and Kathy Boldt, both of Topeka, and Karen Thomas, Horton; two sisters, Charlotte “Charlie” Valdez, Hoyt, and Wilma Skenadore, DePere, WI; 29 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Drum services will be Monday evening at the Dance Ground, west of Mayetta. Burial will be Tuesday in the Shipshee Cemetery. Jay will lie in state from 10:00 a.m. Sunday until 3:00 p.m. Monday at the Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hoyt where visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. On-line condolences may be made at