Ralph A. Matenaer, 75

Ralph A. Matenaer, 75, of St. Michaelís passed away Wednes-day, Nov. 26, 2008, at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center in the town of West Bend.

He was born on Aug. 28, 1933, in West Bend to the late Edwin and Mary (Staehler) Matenaer. He graduated from West Bend High School in 1951 and then served in the U.S. Army in Korea.

On Aug. 11, 1956, Ralph was united in marriage to Estelle Schladweiler at St. Michaelís Catholic Church. Ralph and Estelle farmed in St. Michaelís for 42 years and Ralph also worked at the Gehl Co. for 18 years. In 1973, Ralph and Estelle were awarded the Kewaskum Young Farmers Award and at last yearís State Fair they received a Century Old Farm honor.

Ralph was an active member of St. Michaelís Catholic Church where he served several terms on the parish counsel, as head usher and was a member of the building committee to rebuild the church after it burned down in 1970.

He also was a member of VFW Post 1393.

He loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed playing cards, especially sheepshead, and also enjoyed dancing, wine making and going on bus tours.
He was an avid sports enthusiast and he loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in sporting events.
He took great pride in keeping the farm immaculate and loved his John Deere tractors.

He is survived by his wife, Estelle; five children, Stephanie (Kip) Weiss of West Bend, Joe (Carolyn) Matenaer of Helenville, Janet (Randy) Heberer of Kewaskum, Barbara Chesak of West Bend and Tony Matenaer of Slinger; nine grandchildren, Cody (Ashley Pichotta) Weiss, Casey Weiss, Leslie Weiss, Kyle Matenaer, Logan Matenaer, Megha Matenaer, Jaedyn Matenaer, Bekki Heberer, and Erika Heberer; a great-grandson, Ryley Weiss; three sisters, Leona (Allan) Batzler of West Bend, Mary Louise (Paul) Yarnig-Wassenberg of Menomonee Falls, and Carol (Don) Winninghoff of Woodruff; three brothers, Francis (Betty) Matenaer of West Bend, Norman (Genie) Matenaer of West Bend, and Steve (Margaret) Matenaer of West Bend; three sisters-in-law, Ione Kohlman of West Bend, Gertie Schladweiler of Kewaskum, and Corrine Schladweiler of Escondido, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Arnie Schladweiler of Kewaskum; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Adeline (Ed) Volm; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ray Yarnig, Marcella (Pete) Schmidt, Mildred (Edgar) Wolf, Al (Naomi) Schladweiler, Viola (Clarence) Schoenbeck, Delores (John) Van Beek, Leroy Schladweiler, Clem Schladweiler, Bernice (Ed) Van Beek, Harold Kohlman, and Mary Schladweiler.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Michaelís Catholic Church with Fr. Edwin Kornath presiding.

Visitation will be at the church on Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

Burial will be in St. Michaelís Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Pahl, Dr. Smale, Dr. Machhi, the nurses on the third floor at St. Josephís Hospital, and the nurses at Crossings on Paradise at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.