On Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, Matt was suddenly and tragically called to his heavenly home at the age of 62 as the result of a tractor accident. He is now reunited with his father, Paul, who preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 1994.
Matt was born Jan 27, 1950 in La Crosse to Paul and Betty Ann (Grohman) Von Arx. He married Nancy Rosendahl on Sept. 18, 1971 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Hokah, Minn. where he had been a member all his life. Matt was the proud father of two very special children who he loved and adored so much and who blessed him with five beautiful grandchildren, who meant the world to him. They are Brad and his wife Toni and their children, Riley, Brandon, and Isabel, and Melissa and her husband Mark Nissalke and their children, Kendall and Calvin, who all live in Hokah and have always been such an important part of his daily life. He was a devoted milk hauler for 40 years with his son by his side from the time he was a toddler. In later years he added grain trucks to his business to help area farmers with their harvest. Matt was a hard worker with a heart as big as his trucks. He always provided and took care of his family and would help or do anything for anybody. He will be immensely missed by his family, friends, and all who had a chance to know him.
Matt is also survived by his mother Betty of Caledonia, Minn., and eleven brothers and sisters, Kate Lamb, La Crescent; Dan (Pat) Von Arx, Hokah; Bob (Georgia) Von Arx, Byron, Minn.; Paula (Bob) Patten, Sterling, Colo.; Tony (Joan) Von Arx, Hokah; Chris (Don) Johnson, La Crescent; Ed (Linda) Von Arx, Hermiston, Ore.; Mark (Marsha) Von Arx, Hokah; Terry (Roxanne) Von Arx, Holmen, Wis.; Angie (Jeff) Kellogg, Sterling, Colo. and Julie (Erick) Abnet, La Crescent, and many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and sisters and brothers-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Hokah. Father Joseph Pete will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Convent Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse, 200 West Avenue So., on Wednesday from 2 – 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Peter’s Catholic School. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.