Paul I. Matenaer, 73, of Kewaskum, entered into heavenís eternal gates surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 11, 2008 at Kathy Hospice in West Bend .

He was born into the loving arms of Lawrence and Frances (nee Otten) on Feb. 1, 1935.

Paul was born and raised in Barton, graduating from West Bend High School.

In 1953 Paul married his high school sweetheart, Marlene nee Bruder, and together they raised seven children.

Most of his life, almost 37 years, he worked for the city of West Bend in the water department, retiring at 55.

In retirement he worked for the city cutting grass and plowing snow.

Paul loved ice fishing, hunting and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Marlene; and six loving children, John (Gail) of Sheboygan, Barbara (David) Brady of Ohio, Michael of Kewaskum, Jeffrey (Inge) of Indiana, Alan (Robin) of Fredonia and Lisa (Joe) Winker of Cedar Grove.

He will also be missed by 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Judy Juech; nieces; nephews; other relatives and special friends.

Paul was preceded in death by two children, Paul Jr. and Susan; a sister, Patricia; and his in-laws, Melroy Juech and Marian (Larry) Krueger.

A funeral service in memory of Paul will be held on Monday, April 14, at 6 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, with Pastor Earl Slotman officiating.

Family and friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m.

Burial will take place at St. Maryís Cemetery in Barton on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Kathy Hospice.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Kathy Hospice of West Bend.