Longtime Green Bay resident Patricia A. (Van Beek) Matzke died Friday, July 22, 2022 at a local care facility. Pat was 95, a woman who lived a full life and was a blessing to everyone she knew. She was born on January 20, 1927 in Green Bay, to the late Edward and Mathilda (Denissen) Van Beek. Pat graduated from Green Bay East High School and soon after began a career with Green Bay Packaging. Pat married Harold “Mike” Matzke on June 29, 1946 at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church. He predeceased her on July 14, 2010. Pat’s second and final career move was to Paper Converting Corporation where she retired after 27 years of service. Pat lived an active and full life. She was a member of the VFW Winiecki Post 9677 Women’s Auxiliary, the Brown County Extension Homemakers. She was a founding and active member of St. Philip The Apostle Parish throughout her life. She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society, served on various committees and helped at the church picnic. Pat’s pride and joy was truly his family. She loved attending all the events, birthdays and celebrations and watching her family grow. Pat was the family historian and especially enjoyed telling stories to grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pat and his dear friend Jim Vanden Langenberg enjoyed Friday night fish fries and later a good game of cards. We are forever grateful to Jim for his physical, emotional and social support for our mom. Pat is survived by his three children; Wayne (Mary) Matzke, Pewaukee; Randy (Pam) Matzke and Sharon (Gary) Rentmeester, all of Bellevue; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Van Bellinger, Green Bay and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Henry (MaryAnn) Van Beek and Arnold (Barbara) Van Beek; two sisters, Lola (Sam) Nooyen and Géraldine (Chip) Gauthier; brothers-in-law: Raymond Van Bellinger; Merlin (Dorothy) Matzke; Donald (Dorothy) Matzke; Robert (Loni) Matzke; Russell (Joanne) Matzke and Jerry (Janice) Matzke; sisters-in-law: Elizabeth (Chet) Corrigan; Eunice (Don) Gazella; Erna (Robert) Brosig; Shirley (Sylvester) Jankowski and Mary Lou (Donald) Lipp. Friends may call Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. A parish wake-up service will end the evening at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday at St. Philip the Apostle Church, 312 Victoria Street, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Funeral Mass 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Bill Hoffman officiating. Entombment in the Mausoleum of the Chapelle d’Allouez. Online condolences can be sent to the Matzke family at www.prokowall.com. Pat’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Mike Miller and the staff at Renaissance Assisted Living for all the care and attention given to Pat and his family.
Posted July 23, 2022
Published in the Green Bay Press Gazette