As Chisholm Public Schools and communities in Hennessey continue to mourn the loss of longtime Chisholm teacher John Matousek, several occasions are being planned to commemorate Matousek and benefit his family and selected charities.
Matousek, who had been teaching math at Chisholm High School since 1997, died in a head-on collision involving a driver fleeing from police about a mile north of Waukomis late on Saturday evening.
A fundraising event for Matousek’s family will be held Thursday at Chile’s of Enid, 3620 W. Garriott. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of all sales Thursday to the Matousek family.
Chile Director Thomas Schadler said all customers need to do to make their purchase benefit the Matousek Family Give Back event is mention Matousek or Chisholm Public Schools to their server, or they can print and bring a copy of the leaflet attached to this article.
Hannah White, a 2016 Chisholm graduate, said she asked Chili’s to sponsor the performance “because I wanted to help somehow.”
White, like many other current and former Matousek students, has fond memories of a man widely known for going the extra mile for his students.
“He always stayed late in school to help all the students he could,” White said of Matousek. “Sometimes he was still there at 5 and 6 a.m. waiting for students who had to finish a sport before they could get in. He didn’t care how good you were at math – he always had time to ask yourself questions. and I always wanted his students to understand the concept. “
Other efforts to benefit the Matousek family are also underway online.
A GoFundMe account opened on Sunday to raise $ 100 for flowers had raised more than $ 1,100 by Tuesday afternoon. The site, www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-mr-matousek, says excess funds will go directly to the Matousek family.
Ashlyn Garis, the 2015 class chairperson at Chisholm High, said she coordinated the GoFundMe effort with her classmates.
“He was one of the most honorable men I have ever met,” Garis said, noting that many of the lessons could be applied outside of the classroom. “He taught us to love and care for others, and to respect each other. “
For those wishing to donate in memory of Matousek, several options are available, according to an obituary provided by Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home of Hennessey.
Memorial donations can be made on Matousek’s behalf to the John Charles Matousek College Scholarship Fund for students of Chisholm or Hennessey; the Gary Sinise Foundation, which helps injured veterans; or the College Fund for Stephen and Joseph Matousek. To donate to one of these charities, return the funds to the order of the selected fund and send them to Cordry-Gritz Funeral Home, PO Box 125, Hennessey, OK 73742.
A vigil and rosary service for Matousek is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hennessey.