Matthew J. Klein
Matthew J. Klein, 83, of West Bend, passed
away Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.
He was born Aug. 28, 1925, in Barton to the late Mathias and Ethel (nee
Wagner) Klein. Matthew attended St. Mary’s grade school and graduated
from West Bend High School in the class of 1943. Following his high school
graduation, Matthew served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy during
World War II in the Pacific Theater for three years. He was united in
marriage to Eunice Sherman on May 1, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church
in Allenton. Matthew worked at the former Line Material Company in West
Bend until he retired. He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Immaculate
Conception Church, and a member of the St. Joseph’s Society and the
Adrian Neubauer Post No. 8658 VFW in Barton. Matthew enjoyed all sports,
especially the West Bend Lithia’s baseball team and football. He loved
his little pet "Abbie," was a loving husband for over 60 years,
a dedicated father and a devoted grandfather to his three granddaughters.
Matthew is survived by his wife, Eunice; five children, James Klein of
West Bend, Mary Klein of West Bend, George (Lynne) Klein of Woodstock,
Ga., William (Pamela) Klein of Appomattox, Va., and Margaret (Paul) Wagner
of Newburg; three grandchildren , Trisha (Tim Obert) Klein, Tori and Livia
Klein; one sister, Margie Willkom of Rice Lake; one brother-in-law, George
(Radine) Sherman; two sisters-in-law, Louise (Richard) Precourt and JoAnn
Sherman; niece and nephew, Mary Jean and Matthew Bradford; two cousins,
Jerome Klein and Helen Wagner; three great-nieces, Hannah, Elizabeth and
Nicole Bradford; many other dear relatives and close friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, John and Cordelia
Sherman; two brothers-in-law, Leon Sherman and William Willkom; and two
sisters-in-law, Geraldine (Robert) Karnitz and Margret (Merrill) Kietzer.
In remembrance of Matthew, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on
Monday, March 16, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of mass.
Inurnment will take place this summer in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorials to St. Mary’s church and school are appreciated. Myrhum-Patten
Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.
Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.