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AGE: 86


ADDRESS: W3462 Trout Avenue, Rib Lake, WI; A Township of Greenwood resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:58 PM, Saturday, April 15 at Our House Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 10 weeks most recently under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 19 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher


INTERMENT: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Township of Greenwood where there will also be graveside military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion military honors team


VISITATION: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 4-7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 18 where there will be a 7:30 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening, and also at church from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 19


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 29, 1930 in the Township of Greenwood


EDUCATION: Highland Elementary School, Town of Greenwood & was a 1948 graduate of Rib Lake High School


MARRIAGE: September 12, 1959 at Fussville, WI to Bernice M. Claas


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Army and served from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. After the military, he moved to Milwaukee and worked at Allis Chalmers, Hillcrest Garage, International Harvester & American Motors for periods of time. In 1962, they moved to the Town of Greenwood to work the family farm with his brother. He farmed there until his retirement in 2004. In retirement, he continued to help with work on the family farm. He enjoyed driving tractor, tinkering on tractors, fishing and hunting.


MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake & the Rib Lake American Legion


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Bernice Matyka of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Christine (David) Wille of Chelsea, Cheryl (Dan) Graumann of Rib Lake, Donna (Leon) Long of Rib Lake, Gerald (Joan) Matyka of Rib Lake, Mark (Sara) Matyka of Rib Lake, Melissa (Allen) Thums of Weston


CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson – Timothy Long




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Charlie Matyka of Rib Lake, Lucy (Marvin) Liske of Medford, Paul Matyka of Rib Lake


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Joseph, Jim, John, Frank Matyka; Sisters – Agnes Maager, Elizabeth Gauger, Sister Catherine Matyka, Annie Erl & baby Mary in infancy






PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Jason Wille, Nathan Long, Patrick & Kyle Matyka, Katie Switlick, Justin Thums


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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