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Herbert Henry Matz, age 92, of Walters, MN, died Sunday, November 8, 2015 at St. John's Lutheran Care Center in Albert Lea. A funeral service will be held Friday, November 13, 2015, at 12:01 PM at the United Lutheran Church in Walters with Pastor Don Rose officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be in Rice Lake Cemetery, Foster Twp., Faribault Co., MN
Herbert Henry Matz was born on May 24, 1923 to Henry and Emma (Schinke) Matz at their farm home Northwest of Walters, MN. He passed away November 8, 2015, at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea, MN, where he had been a resident since August 8, 2014. Outside of this time, Herb lived his entire life in Foster Township, Faribault County. Herb was a farmer by trade, both livestock and crops, with dairy cows being his favorite.
On November 25, 1955 he married Lydia Edberg at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, and became a father to her children, 11 year old Donald and nine year old Llynda. Nine years into their marriage, they expanded their family by adopting four year old Raymond in 1964 and ten year old Nancy and 4 year old Billy in 1967. Herb and Lydia, and family, were involved with church activities at Rice Lake Church, 4-H and Farm Bureau. They were a true farmer and wife with farming being a partnership. Herb took care of the cows, Lydia the hogs and both did the field work. They were married for 30 years when Lydia died on December 5, 1985.
Herb was blessed with a second long marriage when he married Ada Nelson on September 9, 1989 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook, MN. She made her home with Herb on his farm and continued to make his house a home. Ada melded into the community and developed friendships in the area. In their early married years, they loved to ballroom dance and square dance. When Herb's health began to decline, she was a loving care-giver and it is to her credit that he enjoyed a long life. Ada passed away seven months before Herb on April 12, 2015.
Herb is survived by his five children and their spouses, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Ada's family; two nieces, Ellie Frederick and Judy Hamilton; one sister-in-law, Rose Engelby.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wives, sister Frieda in 1994 and brother Harold in 2000. The family would like to thank the incredible staff at St. John's for their unparalleled loving care shown to both Herb and Ada, as well as our family, as we took up residence there during Dad's last days.