In Memory of James "Jim" Matzek

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Saturday May 4, 2019
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011


9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday May 4, 2019
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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James “Jim” Matzek, age 79 of Hager City, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at his home, surrounded by family. Jim was born March 15, 1940 in Red Wing, Minnesota, the son of Raymond Sr. and Irene (Schommer) Matzek. Jim graduated from Prescott High School. Jim was united in marriage to Sandra Kuehn on September 27, 1969 in a double wedding ceremony with his brother Charles, and Sandy’s sister, Rosanne, which was officiated by his brother, Fr. Bill Matzek.

Jim’s life was rooted in faith, family and farming. He was a hardworking, humble and kind man, and a devoted member of the St. Francis parish. Jim worked at Jacques Seed Company in Prescott for 36 years while dairy farming with his brother, Charles. He was a wonderful husband and dad, whose grandchildren meant the world to him. Jim cheered for the Packers and the Brewers, and loved attending the sporting events of his grandchildren.

Jim will remain in the hearts of his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Sandra; his seven children, Dennis (Katy), of River Falls; Kenny (Amy) of Beldenville, Cyndy (Mike) Bayer of Hager City, Andy of Hager City, Angie (Jessy) Marks of Ellsworth, Mark (Jessica) of Ellsworth, and Tim (Brooke) of Hudson; his eighteen grandchildren, Wyatt, Derek, Madeline, Olivia, Owen, Alex, Ryan, Ian, Mackenzie, Kayley, Adrienne, Lexi, Aubrey, Natalie, Gabriel, Alton, Alyce, and Ruth. He is also survived by his ten siblings, Raymond Jr. (Janice), John (Joyce), Jeanette (Jim) Hovel, Rita Matzek, Charles (Rosanne), Theresa (Bob) Goehring, Norman (Mary), David (Terry), Bernard (Nancy), and Ron (Jane); mother-in-law, Sophia Kuehn; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Sr. and Irene (Schommer) Matzek; his brother, Reverend Fr. William Matzek; and father-in-law, Donald Kuehn.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Jim Matzek will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church, 231 Woodworth St. in Ellsworth WI. Visitation will be held at church beginning at 9:00am, until the time of Mass. A private family burial will take place at St. Mary’s Big River Catholic Cemetery. Funeral services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth (715) 273-4421.

James "Jim"'s Tribute Wall

Tributes (5):

  • Andy
    I am so vary sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Beth Thompson

  • Bernie and Nancy and all you brothers and sisters, we are sending you our deepest sympathies with the lost of your brother. We at Paape Companies will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate this trying time.

  • David and I extend our deepest sympathy to Jim’s family and loved ones, including his beloved wife Sandy, his son Mark, his daughter-in-law Jessica, his grandchildren Natalie and Alton, and his beloved siblings, other children, in-laws, grandchildren, relatives, and extended family members. Jim made the world a better place and it is a testament to his Faith that he inspired so many who came in contact with him. Jim’s commitment to and love of family, endearing wit, intelligence, sense of humor, moral values, common sense, and sense of fairness are just a few of the qualities that endeared this man to us. Perhaps most of all, we will miss his smile and his willingness to share his stories that so clearly illustrated his love of family and country living. God bless his family and friends in this time of grieving, and may the Lord comfort and keep them safe.

  • I am so sorry to hear this. Jim was always a kind, compassionate person who I enjoyed working with at Jacques Seed/Mycogen. Will keep you all in prayer and ask for comfort for all. God bless????????

  • To Theresa & Bob, Jeanette & Jim and siblings – Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your dear brother, Jim. It may be easiest to say that your loss is heaven’s gain, but we know it is not that simple. You will keep him forever in your memories and hearts. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Tom & Karen Cernohous