Matthew Vajnar

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Matthew Len Vajnar was born on Oct. 31, 1969, in Emporia to Jerome and Florence Vajnar; godson of Jerry and Mildred Vajnar.
He was confirmed in the Catholic Church, his patron saint being St. Isaiah the Prophet. He was the third of four children in his family. His brothers were Curt and Jason, and he had a sister, Amy. His parents separated when he was a little boy. He moved to Hillsboro with his mother and siblings, where he grew up. In his early years, he was vice-president of his class, involved in sports and activities, and he excelled in both history and basketball. After completing high school, Matthew attended Kansas State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s in agribusiness. While attaining his degree, he met his wife Diana Joan Linenberger at St. Isidor Catholic Church in Manhattan. After five months of dating, Matthew proposed to Diana, and they were happily wed on Oct. 10, 1992.
Shortly after they were married, they both moved to Girard, Kan., where he worked for DeLange Seed Inc. Matthew’s first son, Aaron Matthew, was born in 1993. In the fall of 1995, he got a job working at MidState Co-Op in Bison, Kan., where he began his career working as a grain merchandiser. Two weeks after they moved, his daughter, Katherine Margaret, was born. In 1997, Matthew was employed at Ottawa Co-Op in Ottawa, Kan., where he would go on to work for more than 20 years. The family moved to Pomona, Kan., where his last four children were born: Tobias Michael in 1999, Ian Mitchell in 2000, Emily Megan in 2002 and Abigail Mary in 2004.
In the year 2005, the family moved to Baldwin City, Kan., where they would live for 15 years. After changes within the company, Matthew began working for Lifeline Foods in St. Joseph, Mo., shortly after. He moved to Lansing, with his wife and remaining children. In early 2019, he got a job working for FCE Co-Op in Isabel, Kan. He moved with his family to Cheney, where the family currently lives.
Matthew was a devout Catholic. He prayed frequently and was zealous considering the preservation of the faith within his own family and throughout the world. Matthew held a strong love for the extraordinary form: The traditional Latin mass. He became a parishioner at St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne (FSSP), and he enjoyed going to Mass and benediction very much. As the head of the household, he developed a connection with Saint Joseph of the Holy Family. Matthew was always mentally engaged in the happenings of the church and his country; in the way, he was quick minded. In his family, he was always recognized for his fatherly advice and his interesting lines he would say to us.
Ever since he was married, he worked almost every day for the remainder of his life to support his family. He loved his family, and his only wish was for the world to do the will of God; for his own family to do the will of God. He was not afraid of death, even (especially) in his last moments and the year prior.
He died on a Thursday; in the early morning of Aug. 5, 2021 in Wichita. He was 51 years old. He received last rites and the Divine Mercy Chaplet was said for him at his bedside. He died with his scapular in his right hand and his rosary in his left, as well as his family around him.
Matthew was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jerry and Mildred Vajnar and Leo and Margaret Jirak, and his wife’s grandparents and parents. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Rachel, who died in the womb after several months. He is survived in death by his wife, Diana; son Aaron (Topeka), daughter Katherine (Topeka), son Tobias (Cheney), and son Ian and daughters Emily and Abigail (all of the home). He is survived by his father and mother, Jerome Vajnar and Florence Rahn. He is survived by his siblings and their spouses and his nephews and nieces. He also is survived by his wife’s siblings and their spouses, and his nephews and nieces on their side, as well as their children.
A rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 followed by a requiem Mass at 10 a.m., both at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 132 S. Millwood in Wichita. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Manhattan.