Mathias “Matt” A. Heltemes, 78, of West Bend, WI, passed away January 7, 2016 at Kathy Hospice in Polk, WI.
Mass of Christian burial was held Jan. 13, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Barton, with Father Nathan Reesman officiating.
Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery (new), Barton.
Arrangements were with the Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Home, West Bend, WI.
Matt was born March 3, 1937, to Mathias and Frances (Vorderbruggen) Heltemes of Wadena.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years. He married Mary Smith in 1959, in Bluegrass. Matt served on the Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin Fire Department for three years before joining the West Bend Police Department, retiring in 1992.
After he retired, they moved to Missouri where he was a member of Our Lady of the Cove Church in Kimberling City, serving as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Matt and Mary returned to Wisconsin where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, camping and spending time with his family.
Matt is survived by his wife; two daughters, Marie (Mike) Fiebig and Monica (Alan) Lepak, both of West Bend; one son, Mathias (Luann) Heltemes of Longmont, CO; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Ervin (Joanne) Heltemes of Cudahy; one sister, Marian Brockpahler, of Sebeka, one brother-in-law, John Kopischke and many friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Leonard, Walter, Arthur, Jerome, Andrew, Louis; two sisters, Irene Kopischke, Mabel Heltemes; one brother in-law, Walter Brockpahler.