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Javier H. Mata

Jun 07, 1966 - Nov 15, 2019


Javier H. Mata, age 53, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Pinal, Arizona on June 7, 1966, the son of Genaro Sr. and Juanita Hernandez Mata.
He was united in marriage to Virgene M. Ziegler on September 16, 1995. Javier was employed as a machinist at Kieffer Industries for many years.
Javier served our country as part of the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army. He saw foreign war from Panama, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Harv loved playing cards and board games, although he was known to cheat. In his own mind, he was a master fisherman and expert outdoorsman. For over 20 years, Harvey spent his free time coaching and mentoring youth all throughout the community. He loved spending time with his family, especially when everyone would get together to watch a Packer game. Go Pack Go! We will all remember his witty comebacks and lengthy stories. Now it’s our turn to keep his story going.
Survivors include his former wife, Virgene (Ziegler) Mata; two daughters, Molly Mata (Nicholas Thompson), Mallory Zaleta (Luis Zaleta Jr.); two granddaughters, brothers, Genaro Mata and Michael Mata; sisters, Dalila Mata-Guerrero, Maricruz Mata, Esperanza Mata-Rendon, Gena Mata-Fernandez, Juanita Mata-Fernandez and Shantell Artero. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and his extended family, Torres, Ortiz and Powers. Javier was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Hernandez-Mata, brother, Moises V. Mata and sister Sylvia Mata-Blagg.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan with Pastor Chuck Apple officiating. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Thursday evening November 21, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and on Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m.
Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home Service

Date: Friday Nov 22, 2019
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Thursday Nov 21, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]


Date: Friday Nov 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Nancy Kuenen

Keeping Javier and all his family in my prayers. God bless all who knew him. May God give you strength and comfort.

Sandra Ruminski (Koch)

I remember Harvey hanging out at our house during high school-he was a kind soul. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Carol Green

My deepest condolences on the passing of your Father/brother/son/nephew. I can hardly believe he is gone. I have many memories of him as a young man. I will treasure those memories. My God give all of you strength during your time of sorrow. Bless each of you.

Anival Mata Sr

Sorry for ur lost tio.. my condolences from my family to yours.

Chris, Melissa, Leah and Nathan Mullen

Condolences to Javier's family. So many fun times remembered with him and the girls playing softball. He was a great mentor for the girls, not only with sports, but also life lessons. Never a dull moment with Coach! Molly and Mallory, hugs and prayers to the two of you ❤️

Carla Duket

Virgine and Girls, my sympathy to your family.

Opeachie Contreras

My deepest condolences to your family. I will never forget the time we spent together when we were all young. Fly high Harv.

Nancy Kuenen

My heart is saddened at Javier's passing. He was an interesting young man, interested in helping youth and a good role model for boys to look up to. He has fought the fight, run the race, and now he goes to his reward. God bless Javier... forever. Amen.