Matthew Joseph Menting, of Phlox, died Monday, May 14, 2018, at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center. He was 92 years old. He was born on September 21, 1925, in Phlox, a son of the late Frank and Cecilia (Heinzen) Menting. He married Evelyn Husnick on June 18, 1955, at St. John, Antigo. She survives.
Matthew is a Korean War veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps from March 27, 1952 to March 16, 1954 having been stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, Japan and Hawaii. He then served in the Marine Corps Reserve until March 26, 1960. He participated in the Honor Flight on April 14, 2014.
He was a dairy farmer in the town of Norwood, selling the farm to his son in 1989. He continued to work on the farm until 2014.
Matthew was a member of St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church having ushered and served as a trustee. He was also a member of the Devine-Menting American Legion, Post 525, Phlox for 64 years and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
Most important to Matthew was faith, family, farming and friends. He enjoyed playing cards and watching the Green Bay Packers. Matthew was blessed to have 11 Godchildren.
In addition to his wife of 62 years, Evelyn, survivors include a daughter, Shari (Ron) Rezachek of Manitowoc; a son, Steven (Diane) Menting of Antigo; five grandchildren, Walker (Maggie) and Justen Shadick, Matthew and Morgan Menting and Marcie (Mike) Gottschalk; three great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Melaina and Michael III Gottschalk; two step-grandchildren, Tyler and Amanda Rezachek; a sister, Margaret Menting of Phlox; five sisters-in-law, Eileen Menting and Jane Menting both of Phlox, Montel Menting of Indiana, Shirley Husnick of Fond du Lac and Rose Husnick of Elcho; five brothers-in-law, Jim (Loretta) Husnick, Ken (Aggie) Husnick, Ray (Judy) Husnick, Don (Ginger) Husnick and Herb (Kitty) Husnick all of Antigo.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, John Menting; two grandchildren, Andrew and Allison Menting; five sisters, Caroline (William) Watts, Sr. Camilla Menting, Mary Ann (Bill) Bauer, Sr. Mary Anthony Menting and infant sister, Eleanor; four brothers, Roman, Alvin, Harold and Robert; brothers-in-law, Wenzel Husnick Jr. and Leon (Lorraine) Husnick; sister-in-law, Mary (Leonard) Schisel.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church with Rev. Charles Hoffmann, Deacon Tom Hartman and Deacon Tony Debroux concelebrating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with Phlox veterans conducting military honors. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home and Thursday at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. A parish wake service will be held at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Aunt Ev and family I am sorry for your loss of a great man. Hugs to all.
Evelyn & family,
My heart goes out to all of you at this sorrowful time. Matt was an exceptional Godfather! His faith in God, Family and Friends are my most valued lessons from him. He always had the biggest smile and it was so contagious! My children loved seeing him at church because he would always call me a "brat" and wink at me and laugh with them! His sense of humor was awesome! You are all in my thoughts and prayers, Jill(brat), Scott, Portor & Monique Richardson
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