Kretler, Matthias “Matt” and Rosemarie “Rosie” Scholarship Fund
A payment of up to $1,000 for up to 4 years, for an East Noble or Central Noble High School senior pursuing a full time college degree in the Tool and Die field (Machinist/Toolmaker) (2 year degree) or Mechanical Engineering (4 year degree). Applicants must live in Noble County and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. College students who are awarded the scholarship may reapply each year, up to 3 consecutive years, if they maintain a 3.0 college GPA. (If they remain qualified.) (DA-3)
Donor Fund Story:
This scholarship was started by Rosemarie and her children in honor of her husband Matt Kretler. Rosemarie is very appreciative of her daughters for helping her start the fund during the difficult time after Matt’s passing.
Matt was born on October 10, 1934 in Klenak, Yugoslavia. He started grade school in Yugoslavia, but when World War II started him and his family had to leave the country, because of their German name. They lived in a train for six months and from there his family was placed in a displaced person camp. The camp had buildings that housed four to six families and bed sheets or blankets divided each family. He finished his schooling in Austria and went to a trade school for woodworking. In 1952, Matt came to the United States and went to Central High in Fort Wayne to learn English. Matt was a very friendly guy and talked with everyone.
On April 11, 1959 he married Rosemarie in Toledo, Ohio at St. Mary Church where Rosemarie belonged and where she also went to grade school. He was blessed with four sons (Joseph, Robert, Richard, and John) and two daughters (Lisa Kemerly and Tina Ball). He was also blessed with several grandchildren.
Matt worked at many tool and die shops in Fort Wayne and later on in his life, he and three partners started their own shop which they named X-Y Tool in LaOtto, Indiana. One of Matt’s goals was to help his children have good jobs and all of them became tool makers. One of Rosemarie’s favorite memories of Matt was when he played soccer. She said he was happy out on the soccer field.