Matanaer, Janine L.

Died: 27 December 2020

Janine L. Matenaer (nee Schnepf) age 82 of West Bend was born to eternal life on Sunday 27 December 2020. She was born 5 December 1938 to Walter and Ella (nee Chesak) Schnepf.

Janine attended Holy Angels Grade School before attending St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac for her freshman and sophomore years. She then transferred to West Bend High School for her junior and senior years. Her first job was at Dairy Queen in West Bend. Later on, she was a secretary to the retail manager at the West Bend Company. In 1959 she was united in marriage to Jerry Matenaer. They were divorced in 1981. She later worked at Regal Ware in Kewaskum and was secretary to the credit manager.

Janine had a passion for making music. She began playing the clarinet in fifth grade and continued playing through her adult life. She was a member of the Holy Angels Senior Choir for many years and was an active and charter member of the River City Irregulars, West Bend’s Community Marching Band that was established in 1981. She also joined the River City Blaskapelle, the German band formed 2 years later. Later in life she became a member of the St. Frances Cabrini Resurrection Choir.

She was a Red Hatter lady for several years, a member of the Wednesday morning Scripture Study Group at St. Frances Cabrini Church and a member of the Musical Memories Chorus at the Senior Center, where she delivered meals to those in need. 

Janine’s greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her 2 daughters: Linda (Carter) Thomas of Franklin and Lisa (Tom) Breitrick of Milwaukee, 5 grandsons: Eric, Troy and Ryan Matenaer of West Bend and Sam and Matthew Breitrick of Milwaukee and 4 granddaughters: Taylor, Lauren and Madisen Matenaer of West Bend and Kylie Breitrick of Milwaukee. She is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

She is preceded in death by her former husband, Jerry Matenaer, and 2 sons: Mark Matenaer and Scott Matenaer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday 5 January 2021 at 12:00 noon at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend with Rev. Nathan Reesman presiding. Entombment will follow in Washington County Memorial Park. Due to the Covid pandemic there will not be a public visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials to the American Heart Association or to her family are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Please visit: to sign the online guestbook and leave condolences. 

Janine is pictured in the 4th edition of the Friedrich Seidemann Family Tree Book on page 72 and is listed on page 133 and 134 with her parents, his husband, their children, and grandchildren. She is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosina Seidemann. Her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Traugott, Clara, Ella, and Janine.