Walter E. Matter, age 93 of Spencer, passed away peacefully Friday, April 8, 2011, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Funeral Services will be held 11:00AM, Thursday April 14, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer. The Rev. David DePaoli will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00PM, Wednesday April 13, 2011 at the Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home in Spencer and again from 10:00AM until service time at the Church on Thursday. Interment of ashes will be in the West Spencer Cemetery at a later date. Walter was born June 23, 1917 in Spencer, the son of Edward and Bertha (Mellenthin) Matter. On June 23, 1943, Walter was united in marriage to Delores M. Sautner in Marshfield. He farmed in rural Spencer, worked for the Farmer's Co-op, drove gas truck for Midland Co-op, and retired as head custodian from the Spencer School District in 1983. Walter was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer where he ushered for many years. He also was a volunteer firefighter for the Spencer Fire Department for many years. Walter especially enjoyed family outings at the cabin in Phillips. He was an avid Packers fan, and also enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and baseball. Walter cherished the time he could spend with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is lovingly survived by his wife, Delores, his children, Michael (Barbara) Matter, Appleton, Peg (Brian) Gehrke, Marshfield, Joseph (Patty) Matter, Spencer and Jennifer (Bryan) Nehring, Green Bay and a daughter-in-law Jeanne Matter, Howards Grove. He is further survived by nine grandchildren, Kimberly, Christopher, Stephanie, Lindsay, Andrea, Michael, Sean, Chelsea and Marissa, two step-grandchildren, Vaughn and Christina, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He will truly be missed. Besides his parents, Walter was preceded in death by a son, Thomas, a brother, Orville and two sisters, Lorena and Frances. A Memorial will be established in Walter's name. The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Living Center Three Oaks and St. Joseph's Hospital sixth floor staff, for the tender and compassionate care he received.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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