Monday, November 14, 2011

Charles N. Mattes

Charles N. Mattes passed away on Monday, November 14, 2011. He was born in Ottawa, Illinois, on April 1, 1916, the only child of Carl and Mary (nee: Lafferty) Mattes. On August 10, 1940, he was united in marriage to Lucille G. Ultsch at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Racine.

Chuck was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society (past president), and he served as secretary of the Ushers Club for more than fifty years. He sang in the Church funeral choir and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. In his early years at Sacred Heart, he was very active in parish festivals. With his wife, Lucille, he organized the Sacred Heart Cub Scout program and continued to be active as chairman of the Boy Scout Troop for many years.

A traffic manager at Hamilton Beach for fifteen years, he became an I.C.C Practitioner in 1952. He established and ran the Racine Traffic Bureau, a transportation audit and advisory service for twenty-five years. He taught Marketing and Business Administration at Gateway Technical College for seven years and retired in 1985. Chuck was a member of the Racine Traffic Club, the Racine Kenosha Transportation Club, and Delta Nu Alpha, a transportation fraternity. His hobbies were music and “lazy-fishing.”

Surviving are his children: a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Pamela Mattes of Racine; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and William Beyer of Racine, and Jane and Dennis Van De Hey of Ft. Atkinson; ten grandchildren: Kevin (Tracey) Mattes, Gregory (Katie) Mattes, Jeffrey (Karen) Mattes, Lisa (James) Hollow, Christine Cotter, Kimberly (Matthew) Klug, Angela (Michael) Olivero, Erin Van De Hey, Michael Van De Hey and Jacqueline Van De Hey; 16 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, his wife, Lucille, preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 21. 2011, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating, assisted by Deacon Russ Missureli. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Highway 32.

803 Main St., Racine    (262) 634-7888

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