NEW ULM - Joseph "Joe" Matter, 57, of New Ulm, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with burial in the New Ulm City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m Thursday and 7:30-10 a.m. Friday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home North Chapel in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
Joe is survived by his wife, Laurie Matter of New Ulm; sons, Jamie (Tiffany) Matter, Sam (Brea) Matter all of New Ulm; grandchildren, Lily, Brooklyn and Landon; sisters, Marcella (Ken) Solberg of New Ulm, Donna (Lamonte) Henrichs of Sleepy Eye, Gloria (Rich) Utz of Comfrey, Audrey (Lon) Evers of New Ulm, Elaine Fromm of Comfrey, Marleen (Keith) Nemachek of Iowa, Marion (Jim) Lewis, Sharon (Art) Sullivan all of Springfield; brothers, Tony (Pat) Matter of St. James, Ron (Karen) Matter, Larry Matter and Dave Matter all of New Ulm, Duane Matter of Springfield; mother-in-law, Violet Haas of New Ulm; sisters-in-law, Barb (Bill) Dahm of Madelia, Linda (Craig) Anderson of Courtland, Sharon (Dave) Haas of New Ulm; brothers-in-law, Tom (LuAnn) Haas of New Ulm, Jim Haas of Lafayette, Dick Haas of Haines, Alaska, Kenny Haas of Kellerton, Iowa; and by many nieces, nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jean Bedner; brothers, Michael and Alan Matter; nephew, Brian Henrichs; and his father-in-law, LeRoy Haas.
Joseph Robert Matter was born July 2, 1955 in Springfield to Erwin and Martha (Pfarr) Matter. He attended Springfield Schools. Joe was united in marriage to Laurie Haas on June 14, 1986 in New Ulm. After marriage they resided in New Ulm where Joe was employed at Rich Walters Excavating and then at Jake Wurtzberger Construction for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting and playing cards. Joe loved spending time with family and friends, especially his cat Hairball. His love of the outdoors started as a child growing up on the family farm.
He was a member of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and a past member of the Sioux Valley Gun Club.