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Knights of Columbus 

Pennsylvania Central District

Fourth Degree 

District Warden Matthew Bagasevich (1997-2023)

District Warden Matthew Bagasevich 

Matthew Bagasevich - Grand Knight Council 12572

Notice of Matthew Bagasevich District Warden Passing  (1997-2023)

July 4, 2023

Worthy Dignitaries, District Staff Members, Faithful Navigators, Faithful Comptrollers, Color Corps Members, and Sir Knights All,

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of our Brother, Sir Knight, and friend Matthew Bagasevich, who passed away earlier today unexpectedly at the age of 26. 

As many of you know, Matthew served as District Warden for the Pennsylvania Central District and was an amazing asset to that duty and others he performed in the District. Matthew also served as Grand Knight of Council 12572, Faithful Scribe, and Deputy Color Corps Commander of Assembly 938 and chaired many committees for Council and Assembly fundraisers. 

Matthew always considered his work in the Knights of Columbus a vocation and was proud to serve in all his capacities. He always believed in the Knights of Columbus's mission and was deeply dedicated to our principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. 

We will miss our brother Matthew more than words can express to many of us; he was more than just a Knight but a true friend indeed. 

Today I ask that you pray for his soul that through the mercy of God, he may hear what we all long to hear "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. 


Matthew Bagasevich, 26, of Scranton, died Tuesday July 4, 2023 at home. Born in Scranton, son of James and Bernice Case Bagasevich, he was a graduate of Scranton High School and attended the University of Scranton. Matthew was an employee of Schiff's and a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 12572, where he held many titles, including Grand Knight.

He was a kind and caring young man, who enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Also surviving are his five sisters, Heather, Kimberly, Pauline, Michele and husband, Bryan Gaughan, and Rebecca; brother, Jacob; aunt, Barbara Case; nieces, nephews and his cats, Snickers and Twix.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10am in St. Ann's Basilica. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call Monday from 6-8pm in the Thomas J Hughes Funeral Home Inc, 1240 St. Ann St.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Epilepsy Foundation.

Read the Eulogy from Matthews Funeral Mass 

Funeral Eulogy for Matthew

Funeral Arrangements for Matthew Bagasevich  (July 10-11, 2023)

Worthy Color Corps Members & Sir Knights All,

A wake service will be held for Matt at Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home 1240 Saint Ann's Street Scranton PA 18504 on Monday, July 10, 2023, from 6:00– 8:00 PM. the family has asked the Color Corps be present for the entire wake service.

Mass of Christian Burial for Matt will be held Tuesday July 11, 2023 at St. Ann's Basilica, 1239 Saint Ann's Street, Scranton, PA 18504, at 10:00 AM. After mass at Cathedral Cemetery, 1708 Oram Street Scranton PA 18504, internment will be after mass.

Since Matthew served as a District Staff member, I am issuing this as a District Call Out and asking that you do your best to be present and participate in the Color Corps in whatever your capacity will allow. As you know, Matt was always available for all of us; if there was ever a Brother Sir Knight worthy of our Order's highest respect and honor, it was Matt.


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