Tricounty News

Mathias "Matt" Koltes, 81

Mathias Koltes of Pearl Lake died Sunday at Assumption Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family. He was 81. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pearl Lake. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, and from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church in Pearl Lake. Parish prayers will be 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by the Rosary with the Catholic Aid Association, St. John's Men's Society of Pearl Lake, Cold Spring Knights of Columbus #5344 and Kimball American Legion #261. Mathias R. "Matt" Koltes was born Dec. 17, 1926, in St. Joseph Township, to Joseph and Mary (Watry) Koltes. He married Rosemary "Rosie" Theisen May 20, 1950, in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Pearl Lake. Matt served in the Unites States Army during World War II. He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad and farmed his whole life. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, gardening, spending time in his orchard, traveling and most of all, his family. He was a member of Holy Cross Parish, Catholic Aid Association, Cold Spring Knights of Columbus #5344, Kimball American Legion #261, St. John's Men's Society of Pearl Lake and NARVRE. Matt was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Samuel; siblings Theresa, John, Ben, Veronica, Aloysious, Margaret, Ann, Joe and Andrew. Matt is survived by his wife of 57 years Rosie; children Bernie (and Karen), Jerry (and Linda), Sue (and Dave) Gill, Keith (and Deb), Marlene (and Mark) Goenner, Patty (and Ray) Loehlein, Mary (and Brian) Gohmann, Audrey (and Jim) Gustafson and Bob (and Melanie); 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Beckrich and Mary (Meinie) Nies; and sister-in-law, Ione Koltes. Memorials are preferred to Holy Cross School, Pearl Lake. The family would like to thank the staff at the Assumption Nursing Home, for the care they have given Matt (Dad) during his stay.