Matthew George Ollanketo

Matthew George Ollanketo, 52, of Marengo, WI passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Ashland on August 4, 1967 to Elden and Martha (Kuismi) Ollanketo.

Matthew graduated from Ashland High School in 1985, and most recently worked for Bayfield County Highway Department. He also did beef farming for many years.

Matthew married Brenda Kontny on June 6, 1998. They were blessed with a son, Derek Matthew Ollanketo. He was a proud father who enjoyed watching Derek’s basketball and baseball games. He also loved spending time with his family.

Matthew is survived by his wife of 21 years, Brenda of Marengo; son, Derek Matthew Ollanketo of Marengo; brothers, Mike (Deb), Martin (Wendy) Myron (Pam), all of Marengo, and John of Ashland; sisters, Charlotte (Howard) Rengo of Esko, MN and Christina (Brian) Erkkila of Maple, WI. He is also survived by a mother-in-law, Carol Kontny of Ashland; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elden in 1984 and Martha in 2012; father-in-law, Donald Kontny in 2007; and great-nephew, Dylan Ollanketo in 2016.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Roberts Funeral Home in Ashland. The funeral services led by Martin Ollanketo will be begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Following the service a reception will be held at the AmericInn in Ashland.

Burial will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Marengo.

Arrangements are by Roberts Funeral Home of Ashland. To view the obituary online or to sign the guestbook, please visit us at

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