Ethel Matthes

Obituary of Ethel Matthes

Ethel May Matthes, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona passed away on December 30, 2017. She was born on September 11, 1923 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to her parents Wilford and Amy Hartford. She was 94 years of age.


Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ethel went into the banking industry after graduating high school. During her banking career, she was employed at Bank of America for thirty years, retiring in 1984.


Ethel and Ernest Matthes were joined in holy matrimony in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on August 24, 1946. From 1952-1990, Ernest and Ethel resided in California, moving on to Lynden, Washington, Las Vegas, Nevada and finally making their permanent home in 1997 in beautiful Lake Havasu City, Arizona.


Ethel was full of life and lived it to the fullest. She loved her church and loved greeting the congregation at Lamb of God Lutheran Church to which she was a proud founding member of, along with her husband Ernest. She also enjoyed a great game of golf.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilford and Amy Hartford; husband, Ernest Matthes, who passed in 2002.


Ethel is survived by her son, Bryan (Cheri) Matthes, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona; two grandsons, Todd and Shawn Matthes and five great-grandchildren, Ean, Joseph, Skylar, Hunter, and Magie.


Services will be at 11:00am on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 2791 Inca Dr., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406.


Services were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. Thoughts and condolences can be sent to the family at To send a free card to the family, go to