James E. Matsche

James E. Matsche, 80, of Birnamwood, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, at Theda Care Medical Center, Shawano.

He was born on May 12, 1938, in Antigo, the son of the late Frank and Theresa (Resch) Matsche.

On Aug. 13, 1960, Jim was united in marriage to Germaine Ostrowski at St. Florian’s Catholic Church, Hatley. She survives.

Jim was a custodian at the Birnamwood School for some time and farmed for many years until his retirement. Jim played baseball and also old-timers softball. An avid outdoorsman, Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at the cabin in Mercer. He loved to socialize with his family and many friends.

Jim is survived by his wife, Germaine; children, Scott (Carrie) Matsche, of Birnamwood, Sandra (Bill) Lang, of Goulburn, Australia, Steven (Sarah) Matsche, of Hatley, Susan (Brian) Keene, of San Francisco, and Shelly (Chad) Nousen, of Birnamwood; 13 grandchildren, Ryan, Linda, Chris, Kayla, Kyle, Tyler, Brandon, Nicole, Taylor, Warwick, Dylan, Amanda and Rylee; and nine great-grandchildren. Jim is further survived by his siblings, Ervin Matsche, of Brookfield, Donald (Darline) Matsche, of Aniwa, Cecelia Pestka, of Wausau, Edwin Matsche, of Appleton, David Matsche, of Birnamwood, Loretta (Anthony) Check, of Mosinee, Raymond Matsche, of Weston, Teresa Bergner and Ronald (Teresa) Matsche, all of Birnamwood, Mary (George) Arrowood, of Manawa, and Jerome Matsche, Dennis (Joan) Matsche, Dale (Terri) Matsche and Daniel Matsche, all of Birnamwood; a sister-in-law, Marian Matsche, of Wausau; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Sidney; a sister, Josephine Schmidt; and a brother, Lawrence.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church, Birnamwood. The Rev. Vicente Llagas officiated. Burial will be held in the parish cemetery. Visitation was held Saturday, at the church, from 8 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.