Norman A. Matenaer, 85|
Sept. 29, 1931 — June 25, 2017
Norman A. Matenaer, of the town of Barton, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at his home at the age of 85. He was born Sept. 29, 1931, in the town of Barton to the late Edwin and Mary (nee Staehler) Matenaer.
On January 2, 1954, he was united in marriage to Genevieve C. Wondra at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mayville. Genevieve predeceased Feb. 19, 2012 During the Korean conflict, he served with the United States Army. Following his discharge, he returned to Barton.
In 1994, he retired after more than 44 years of employment at the West Bend Co. After his retirement, he learned to play the concertina. He enjoyed his many card clubs, dancing to polka music and Friday night fish fries. He especially enjoyed spending time in his later years with his best friend and sister-in-law, Estelle Matenaer.
In addition to being a devoted and loving husband, he cherished his children, grandchildren and later great-grandchildren. His devotion to his Catholic faith was a wonderful example to his family and friends.
Norman loved his hobby farm. He lovingly tended to his collection of John Deere tractors, cared for the animals and feeding the fish in the pond on the farm.
He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish, a member of the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus, an officer and member of the We Love to Polka dance club.
Survivors include three children, Michael, Dale (Debra) and Cheryl (Steven) Beistle, all of West Bend; 10 grandchildren, Matthew (Rachel), James (MaryBeth), Paul (Meg), Mark (Vanessa), Peter (Elise), Alexander (fiancee Melissa Roseleip), Angela (special friend Zach Markham), Janelle (Andrew) Kieffer, Alissa (Christopher) Strange and Nicole (Zachary) Fischer; 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Steve (Margaret); two sisters, Mary (Paul) Wassenberg and Carol (Don) Winninghoff; brothersin- law and sisters-in-law, Alan Batzler, Estelle Matenaer, Helen Thimm, Cecilia (Joseph) Belligan, Albert (Patricia) Wondra, Mary Wondra, Alice Wondra, and Del Wondra; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Pamela; brothers and sisters, Leona Batzler, Francis (Elizabeth) Matenaer, Adeline (Edward) Volm and Ralph Matenaer; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Arnold (Angeline) Wondra, Edward Wondra, Raymond Wondra, Florence (Wilbur) Gitter, Walter Thimm, Leo (Sally) Wondra and Paul Wondra.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, June 30, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Inurnment will be at a later date at Washington County Memorial Park. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church Friday from 3-5:45 p.m. Military honors service will be performed by the West Bend Veterans Honor Guard and Firing Squad.
Masses or memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice.
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.