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Matthew Anthony Fantazia passed away in his sleep March 31, 2020, in New Bethany Community, Los Banos. He was 94.

He was born May 6, 1925 in Gustine to Matheus and Mary C. Fantazia. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his sisters, Catherine Fantazia, Eleanor Nunes, and Connie Fantazia Cunha; and his brothers, Joseph M. Fantazia, and Anthony Fantazia. 

He attended Romero Grammar School and graduated from Gustine High School in 1943. He was a historian for the Santa Nella and Romero communities, serving on the Romero School Board and the Gustine-Newman Unified School District board. He was proud that he fought in Sacramento, for the Romero District during meetings on whether to unify/de-unify the District. 

He was a 4-H leader. Mr. Fantazia was a member of Future Farmers of America and Young Farmers, and belonged to the Young Men’s Institute and Our Lady of Miracles Society. He was a long-time member and past president of the Merced Holstein Association. 

In 1948 Mr. Fantaiza, his father and brothers Joseph and Anthony formed a partnership called M. Fantazia and Sons, which operated a dairy and farming operation for over 50 years in the Gustine-Romero area. 

He was a deeply religious person who loved to attend daily mass at New Bethany and will be remembered as a hard-working, watchful, kind, loving, brother, cousin and friend. 

Private services were held due to the current restrictions. 

Remembrances may be directed to: Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School, 370 Linden Ave. Gustine, CA 95322; or: New Bethany Community, 1441 Berkeley Dr., Los Banos, CA 93635 

Hillview Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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