Joseph Erwin Matenaer, 86
Jan. 24, 1930 — Oct. 22, 2016

Joseph Erwin MatenaerJoseph Erwin Matenaer was born on a farm in Kewaskum on Jan. 24, 1930. He entered Heaven on Oct. 22, 2016. Joe was 86 years old. He was the oldest son of Joseph and Florence Matenaer (Berres). He was one of nine children. Joe reminisced often of the fun adventures and hard work of growing up on his family farm. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He was a Korean War Army veteran, with the rank of Sergeant. Joe was the creator and president of The Joseph E. Matenaer Co. Inc. until his retirement.

Joe was united in marriage to Euna Brumitt in 1959. Together they had four children, Rick, Bridget Heinze (Keith), Michele Winkler (Rick) and Renee Soto (Francisco). He had seven grandchildren, Kalli (Al), Nate (Kyeara), Lizzi (Stephen), Sid, Tony (Jasmine), Mac and Olivia. Joe had two great-grandchildren, Asher Joseph and Brayden. He lost his beautiful Euna in 2003.

Joe was later married to Donna Muenster in 2005. Donna has three children, Mickey (Joan) Muenster, Kristy (Tom) Carlson and Kim (Bob) Liebetrau, and eight grandchildren, Nicole (Tyler), Morgan (special friend Jade), Joe, Taylor, Corey, Nick, Ross and Mallory. Surrounded by family, Donna continues to lives in West Bend.

Joe is survived by his sisters, Rita “Fritz” Dwyer, Tibbie Bohn and Ann Casper; brother, Bob and his wife Carol Matenaer; and sisters-in-law, Janice, Kitty and Diane Matenaer. Preceding him in death was his sister, Beaty Peters and her husband Bill, and brothers, Paul, Jerry and Jim. Joe deeply appreciated all of his dear friends. Joe was known for his hard work on any project he tackled. He had a fun and infectious laugh that was loved and imitated by many. He was a master of biscuits on the beach and waffles on the deck. He taught his children and grandchildren how to pray, fish with a cane pole, ski down bunny hills, enjoy beach life and the value of hard work. He will be remembered for his love of family. Joe loved making a great Manhattan and sharing one with a friend. “NA ZDRAVI!”

The family requests in lieu of flowers, that you would do an unexpected act of kindness for someone in Joe’s honor.

A visitation for Joe will be held at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend) on Friday from 3-6 p.m.

A cemetery service for Joe will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Washington County Memorial Park Chapel. The Rev. Justin Lopina will officiate and burial with military honor rites will follow in the cemetery.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Joe’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at

We would like to thank all the wonderful, caring people from Cedar Lake Home Hospice. A very special thank you to his devoted caretaker, Chris Schmitt.