Alvin A. Matzke

Alvin A. Matzke age 92, of Springfield, MN died on May 13, 2024, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, MN.

Visitation will be on Sunday, May 19, 2024 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Springfield, MN. Service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Springfield, MN, on Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 1:00 pm.
The clergy will be Pastor Carl Billings. Interment will be at the Lamberton Cemetery.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Alvin August Matzke, born on August 1, 1931, to Anton Matzke and Auguste Stern Matzke. He grew up on the family farm in Cottonwood County, nestled between Lamberton and Jeffers. His early education took place in the one-room schoolhouse at Sunny Hill District #3, where he attended until the 8th grade. Alvin then dedicated himself to helping out on the family farm.In his early adulthood, Alvin served in the navy for four years, 1951-1955 contributing to his country before his honorable discharge. He was a radio operator apprentice. He earned two medals, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Navy Occupational Service Medal. But it was in the kitchen where his true passion flourished. As a chef, he worked at Ehler’s Steakhouse in Worthington, MN, and later in Sleepy Eye, MN. Alvin delighted in creating culinary masterpieces, infusing love and flavor into every dish. Beyond the kitchen, Alvin was an avid reader, devouring anything and everything that crossed his path. His curiosity knew no bounds. Alvin lived with his mother until her passing in 1983, after which he purchased her house-a place filled with memories and love.

On May 13, 2024, Alvin passed away peacefully at the age of 92 years old in Hutchinson, MN. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, creativity, and kindness.

Alvin is survived by his loving sisters – Arlene Kruse (Hutchinson, MN), Emma Wall (Balaton, MN), Edna Goll (Hancock, MN), and Helen Goll (Alexandria, MN); his brother William Matzke (Hutchinson, MN); sister-in-laws Micheleen Matzke and Cheryl Matzke; two aunts – Delores Stern and Peggy Stern and numerous nieces and nephews also mourn his loss. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Robert Matzke, Elmer Matzke, Ervin Matzke; sister Esther Kruse; His brother-in-laws John Goll, Harold Wall, Luvern Kruse, Herb Kruse, and Howard Goll; niece Sharon Jensen and nephew Aaron Goll also await a joyful reunion.

In celebrating Alvin’s life, we remember his laughter, his love for family, and the countless meals he prepared with care. May his memory continue to inspire us all.