Mechanic 06

Warren A. Matzke

October 4, 1938 ~ June 8, 2020 (age 81)


Warren A. Matzke, 81 of Minnesota City, MN, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

Warren was born October 4, 1938, in Winona, MN to Willard and Lois (Brown) Matzke.  He graduated from Winona Senior High School and the carpentry program at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.  On July 11, 1959, he married Jeanette C. Ellinghuysen at Silo Lutheran Church, Lewiston, MN.

She preceded him in death June 30, 2006.  He later married Bernice E. (Drenckhahn) Hayes on January 2, 2010, at Faith Lutheran Church, Winona.

Warren was a life-long area resident.  He was formerly employed at WMC, Winona; McNally Builders, Winona; and owned and operated Warren Matzke Construction for many years, retiring in 2012.  He also taught union carpentry classes for many years at SE Tech College.

His hands touched many projects in the Winona area; constructing Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church was one of his most meaningful projects.  Warren was a very active member of the church and held many leadership positions. In addition, he was a past president of the Sauer Health Care Board of Directors.

Another passion of Warren’s was fishing at the cabin which located in West Newton. He also enjoyed his many annual Canadian fishing trips.

Family was important to him and was demonstrated by the way he loved and guided them through life along with having a great sense of humor.  He is survived by his wife Bea; three children:  JoAnn (Paul) Hayden, West Salem, WI; Dean (Katy) Matzke, Winona; and Dawn (Kevin) Fread, La Crescent, MN; seven grandchildren:  Corissa, Amber, Cortney, Gabriella, Benjamin, Jared, Jorden; 9 great grandchildren; siblings:  Merle Matzke, Minnesota City; Marilyn (Michael) Koscianski, Ponte Vedra, FL; Gordon (Mary Ann) Matzke, Corvallis, OR; and Gary (Mary) Matzke, Torrance, CA; a brother-in-law Earle (Linda) Drenckhan, Eyota, MN; and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Jeanette.

There will be a time to pay respects to Warren from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church, Goodview, MN.

Due to the current guidelines of public gatherings, there will be a private family funeral.  Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family requests memorials to Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church, 820 37th Ave, Goodview, MN  55987; Sauer Health Care, 1635 West Service Drive, Winona, MN  55987 or the charity of your choice.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home & Crematory, Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI.  Words of sympathy and remembrance can be given at

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June 13, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church
820 37th Avenue
Goodview, MN 55987

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