Matthew Gradinjan

Jan. 17, 1938 - Oct. 8, 2019

Matthew Gradinjan, 81, Fifield, died on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. He was born on Jan. 17, 1938, in Phillips, the son of Matthew and Rose (Sand) Gradinjan. He was a 1955 graduate of the Phillips High School, and later went on to attend Northland College in Ashland where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He was married to Shirley Karnosh in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Phillips on Aug. 18, 1962. He taught at the Menomonee Falls High School in Menomonee Falls, and following his retirement from teaching, he owned and operated the A&W Restaurant in Phillips from 1990 to 1995. In later years he was employed at the Car Washer in Park Falls where he truly enjoyed interacting with the customers and “keeping the operation running.” In his free time he was an outdoors enthusiast, enjoyed hunting, gardening, spending time with his family, and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers.

He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 57 years; by four children: Kristine (Perry) Koffke of Kewaskum, Sally (Orville) Witthoeft of Overland Park, Kansas, Mark (Lea) of Campbellsport, and Nicole (Alex) Sakac of Richfield; by 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and by three sisters: Patricia (Dale) Marohl of Pulaski, Mary Schwalenberg of Potter, and Kathleen (Wayne) Svoboda of River Falls. He is preceded in death by his parents, and by one brother, Robert.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 14, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fifield with Father Shaji Pazhukkathara celebrating the funeral Mass. Interment was in the Saint Patrick Cemetery in Phillips. The family suggests that memorials take the form of an offering to the St. Francis Catholic Church window restoration fund, a project that was important to Matt.

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The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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