In Memory of Douglas Ralph Matzek

Visitation (practicing social distancing, and use of masks required)

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday September 11, 2020
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
212 Church Road
Plum City WI, 54761

Private family services will be held.

Friday September 11, 2020
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
212 Church Road
Plum City WI, 54761

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Douglas Ralph Matzek, age 72 of Maiden Rock, WI, passed away on September 4, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. Doug was born on May 11, 1948 in River Falls, WI to parents Ralph and Maxine (Collett) Matzek. He started his education at the Lincoln one room schoolhouse, proceeded to attend Ellsworth Junior High from 7th through 9th grade, and graduated from Plum City High School with the Class of 1966. He married his high school sweetheart Mary Klein on June 21, 1969. Out of this union, a daughter Lisa was born.

Farming alongside his father and brother was how Doug spent his entire career. Doug spent too many hours to keep track of either feeding and caring for cattle or milking cows, but field work was his true love, being the happiest while round baling hay. His second love was his gift of gab, being able to spend hours talking about anything to whoever would listen. His story telling ability mesmerized family, friends, and complete strangers, bringing smiles to all.

Doug will remain in the hearts of his wife of 51 years, Mary; his daughter, Lisa (Chris) Iverson; grandchildren, Alyssa and Isaac Iverson; sister, Nancy (Doug) Weiss; brother, Bob (Lori) Matzek; brother-and-sister-in-laws, Fred Finstad, Linda (Dan) DeLong, John (Nancy) Klein, Al (Sandy) Klein, Harry (Jan) Klein, Susan Sanders, Shirley (Todd Sueppel) Klein, Andy (Sandy) Klein, and Mike (Kanya) Klein; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Maxine Matzek; parents-in-law, Ed and Arlene Klein; and sister-in-law, Sandie Finstad.

A visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00am on Friday morning, September 11, 2020 for family and friends at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 212 Church Road in Plum City WI. Social distancing will be practiced, and use of masks will be required.

A private family service and burial will follow. Memorials honoring Doug may be directed to the discretion of the family. Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth, WI. (715) 273-4421


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  • Mary, so sorry for your loss. We have very fond memories of you and Doug. You both were such special people. Our condolences to your entire family. Sincerely Julie and Cal

  • Dear Mary and family,

    So very, very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    With sympathy…Ruth

  • Dearest Mary, Lisa and everyone, we are so sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I have so many fun memories of time spent on Aunt Maxine and Uncle Ralph’s farm with all of you. I am so happy to have reconnected with him when Uncle Ralph was sick. It was great to hear his voice. You are in our hearts and prayers always. We are loving you from here, and celebrate in everything good in your lives, and send support and healing when times are difficult. You are loved.

    Mike, Linda, Sean and Ryan

  • Mary and family
    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time,
    Karen Finstad

  • Mary and Lisa and all the family, so sorry to hear about Doug”s passing. Doug was a special person, just a down to earth man, always enjoyed our conversations, he will be missed by so many people, not the least of which are you Mary and Lisa. I will remember him for the rest of my life. Dale