Matt R. Lehtimaki,
R. Lehtimaki, 87, of West Bend, was called home to be with the Lord on
Monday, March 31, 2014. He was born on Nov. 9, 1926, in Mass City,
Mich., to the late Jalmer and Hilja (nee Martin) Lehtimaki. He was
united in marriage to Mary Serrahn on July 10, 1954, in Ontonagon, Mich.
Matt served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper during World War II. He
was employed at Perfex in Milwaukee for many years until retiring in the
Matt was very proud of his Finish heritage and enjoyed three trips to
visit Finland. He was a member of Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church, West
Bend, and was formerly a member of the Allenton Fohl Martin American
Legion Post No. 483. He was also an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee
He is survived by his wife, Mary; four children, Karen Lehtimaki of
Surprise, Ariz., Sharon (Greg) Dukovan of Indio, Calif., Jill (Al)
Werner of Palm Desert, Calif., and Joy (Jeff) Buchholz of West Bend;
seven grandchildren, Marijane (Craig) Goebig, Jolene (Shane) Wadman,
Nicholas (Mandy) Dukovan, Dana Dukovan, Dan (Amber) Phelps, Derek Phelps
and Melanie Buchholz; four great-grandchildren, Sierra Seal, David
Wadman, Madison Phelps and Matthew Phelps; three sisters, Vera Poss of
Menomonee Falls, Eva Smith of Oconomowoc and Thyra Kuhla of Sussex; and
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Elvie Lehtimaki,
Anerva Maki and Helmi Hoiska; and two brothers, Rieno Lehtimaki and
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m. at
Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church, 462 Meadowbrook Drive, West Bend. The Rev.
Joseph Fisher and the Rev. Christopher Raffa will officiate and
entombment will follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield.
Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time
Memorials to Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church or Cedar Community are
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Olafsson, Dr.
Klausmeier, and the staff of Cedar Crossings and Silverbrook at Cedar
Community for the wonderful care given to Matt.
Myrhum — Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.
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