Matthew James Kiepert
January 2, 1977 - April 11, 2013
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Matthew James Kiepert, age 36, of Appleton, transcended to God on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at his home. Matthew was born on January 2, 1977, son of Robert Kiepert and Gwen Busateri. He graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 1995 and shortly after moved to the Fox Valley area. Matthew started his career as…

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Watching left a message on July 6, 2013:

Treat others as Matthew treated you.

Watching left a message on July 6, 2013:

Maybe you should learn what Matthew taught you

Bex left a message on May 2, 2013:
I met Matt in the lunchroom of our high school, perhaps 1991? Matt always remembered details better than I could. He'd buy me pizza and we'd share our teenage musings, written and unwritten. I moved to Appleton in 1993, we kept in touch by writing letters, ALL of which he apparently kept. We were both excited when he decided to move to the Valley. We could be together again. The poem for Leslie, the antics of Matty Rich, our 1999 pact, and a kiss under a summer moon are the things I'll never forget. On April 17, 2008 I wrote this piece entitled "it will end too soon". I am not him. I am me- there are scenes we are symphonious in misery-in company- behold the verity of origin- as we like agreed enviable distinction-often misconstrued let us break the platitudes we're given- we are not their instrument of salvation-we supply the tools placidness arises upon conclusion of your tenure- we meditate impending quietus- madness eternally muted to be soundless, sightless- oh what solace- to only feel-with mind and heart-unimpeded movement from this time and place- to paradise-it's lost
Levelle Smith left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matt, I remember when I first met you many years ago and You were such a kind caring and giving person. I was inspired by your character and your passion for helping those in need. I always enjoyed your company when we hung out and I will miss you dearly. God will wrap you in his arms and there will be no more pain ever again. RIP Love always
Irv and Sharon and Kevin Rybacki left a message on May 2, 2013:
We will miss Matt and his good heart. We pray for a sense of peace for his family and friends.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
AMY DOTY left a message on May 2, 2013:
We love you Matt and Rick. God bless you and we'll miss you so much. God bless, Amy and DJjavascript:select_gift(31, true, 19);
Jessica, Joe, and Joey left a message on May 2, 2013:
We all love you and will truly miss you! Love you Matt and RIP
Kristen Bachorz left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matt, You have shown me so much in my life and been around for so much. You came after the birth of my little girl Anna and brought a tie die hat for her. You spent your off time with Tony, Anna and I going to the park and discing. You gave me a gift I never new I had, to work with adults who needed care. I never new how much I could really give before I met you. We love you and always will.
TIm Frick left a message on May 2, 2013:
hi my name is tim I am deaf. I work with him and he teach me how being in apartment alone and do fun things and learn how cooking etc and a lot things that He teaching me a lot with indendet living I will thinking about him forever
Allan Birschbach left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matthew you were wise beyond your years and the most hard working man for you age I've had the pleasure of knowing...... I will miss you and our long conversations in my kitchen about life, politics, religion, business, God's creations, relationships....too name few. May you now witness all of God's great splendor that you looked for here on earth. Hugs and Love always.... Allan
Chad Rickert left a message on May 2, 2013:
Thank you Matt for being a special friend, you were at special part of my life when it needed it most. Thanks for the great memories, and your ease at bringing laughter to any room. You help me to figure out who I was by being yourself, a kind gentle soul. Thanks Matt! XO >Chad Rickert
Don Lofgren Jr. left a message on May 2, 2013:
I remember the day Matthew asked me to come work for him. Jan 2nd 2004. His 27th birthday. No wait.....let's start from the beginning. I first met Matt in 1996. we worked the "long" weekend at a group home in Oshkosh together. That meant Friday night at 5pm until Sunday at 5 pm. every other weekend. Overnights and all! This is a lot of time to get to know a person. I had been a CNA for five years by this point and was 27 years old.......many years older than Matt's 19. What suprised me most about Matt was his muturity level at that age. We became fast friends. Cut to Jan. 2nd 2004. I am at Grazie's in Green Bay with Rob Tagatz and Matt announces that he is starting a caregiving business and that he and Rick would like me to work for October, I was. i didn't realize what i was saying yes to. Ultimately, looking back now, I was saying yes to being a part of many lives. Clients, gaurdians, families of clients, co-workers and their famiies. I was allowed to be a part of Matt's life as his friend as well. He shared his family, friends, and all of the circles he was a part of with me. I was also saying yes to a value system which Matt imparted onto me. He taught me to be more forgiving with others who needed more patience. To be kinder with those who were unkind. To give to those who were ungenerous. He taught me through example because he did all of these things and much more. I am better for knowing him. Thank you Matt for sharing and giving.
Vanessa Alvarado left a message on May 2, 2013:
Your energy captivated those around you. You were my mentor and my friend....when I encountered difficult situations in my life...I would always ask myself "What Would Matt Do?" You had a passion for people and your passion enriched so many peoples lives. You enlightened me on the were truly my muse. I find myself trying to avoid asking "why" and instead, living in the moments you created. There are so many who you helped and you never asked for anything in return. I will forever be greatful. I will miss you honking as you would drive by my house....I always knew it was you ;) I will miss you terribly, Matt.
Rob Weber left a message on May 2, 2013:
you are the most beutyfull. i love you man
Rj Gonnering left a message on May 2, 2013:
Your energy, karma, warm heart and close cuddling wii be missed but not lost.
Doreen left a message on May 2, 2013:
Rick and Sarah, My Deepest Sympathy, your in my thoughts and prayers.
John O'Keefe left a message on May 2, 2013:
To Matt's friends, family and coworkers: My heartfelt condolences to each of you on the loss of Matt. We may never begin to know the answers to all of this tragedy. We can be reminded though of how valuable each life is, and that we need to take the time to support one another whenever we can. There are many who have better lives in the community due to the efforts of Matt and others at M.R. Cares.
Sue Masko left a message on May 2, 2013:
I met you only once, but I felt an instant connection. I guess you were the kind of person who immediately made a positive impression to anyone you met. Thank you for giving my son a friend and roommate he wlill never forget...I know I won't.
Scott left a message on May 2, 2013:
You were truly a bright light! You will be missed.
Wendy Boe left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matthew you will be the brightest light the universe has seen. Love you always.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Nicole left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matt, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work for you. You always took the time to talk and listen to anyone who needed it. The the thoughtfulness, caring, and compassion you showed to all of the clients, parents, and co-workers is something I truly admired. You will be truly missed by the masses of people whom you touched their lives just by being you. RIP
Maryann Fortin left a message on May 2, 2013:
This was such shocking news. Matthew was the kind of man any mother would love to have as a son. I send my deepest condolences to Rick, Sarah and the wonderful folks in his large family. I,will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. With love, Maryann Fortin
Jay Reyes left a message on May 2, 2013:
I wanna send my condolences to the family of Matt. Many of you do not know me, but when I met Matt at UWO I didn't know myself. We met at the support group at UWO ( silent legacy ) . In my book Matt will always be a legacy. He changed my life, tho at the time I did not realize. You will always be loved n never forgotten. Jay
Rj Gonnering left a message on May 2, 2013:
I surrendered to it Rj, I promise it is heaven on the other side. Ii promise it will be better. It aways gets better with surrender. I promise it will be better. It always gets better with surrender. It is hard to rely on the forgiviness of others but humble yourself. that's all I have
Jennifer Smith left a message on May 2, 2013:
My sincere & heartfelt thoughts go out to Matthew's family. He was a lovely person.
Mark left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matthew, you were truely one of a kind. You were one of the first people to show up when I started the Monday night poker league. You touched so many lives, and will be missed by all those who knew you and loved you. Save a place for me at the eternal poker table.
Matt (#2) left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matt, I knew you as a child but have no memory. I met you again when I was 12 at glos house for the first superbowl family reunion. You were the greatest person with the biggest heart. When I got older I was able to enjoy some of the things you liked with you, we played poker and had some drink, and most importantly, many laughs. I have the highest level of love and respect for you and everything you did. I don't think I rubbed you the right way all the time, but I definitely did respect you. The reason I had to go to fiction I. The game you created, is because I knew you were such a great person, that you are definitely the better son. I hope you have the peace and happiness you were looking for, and that you are being held in gods loving arms. Until we meet again, may you rest in peace, you are loved.
Carin Hagman left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matt, I have so many fun memories with you! You and Rick took me in after college in the winter of 1996. You guys were in that trailer outside of Oshkosh. I had no where to live, no job, and you guys put a roof over my head and fed me until I started working at RCDD. You had an amazing heart. I am so blessed to have known you and I will cherish the memories I have and our time together. My heart and prayers go out to Rick, your daughter, your family, friends, and loved ones. You touched so many lives. *sigh* I love you Mattly. Always have and always will. May God Bless you. Rest in peace my beautiful friend. Love, Carin (aka CJ)
victoria kiepert left a message on May 2, 2013:
I'm gonna miss my brother so much. He was a good man with a kind heart. He would anyone before himself. He will be missed and is loves by all. God has guided my brother in his light and now my brother gonna be well taken care of by the man up stairs. I love u matthew
Jeff LaShell left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matthew, I remember when we were kids and we set the trash can on fire at grandma Kiepert's house. We panicked, ran to the bathroom and put the fire out with a wet washcloth but still got busted. We were probably five years old. You will be missed.
Katie Westover left a message on May 2, 2013:
Matthew was one of the most special and memorable people I've ever known and I'm honored to have called him my friend. His spirit will always live in my heart with fond memories of poetry, humor and love. Say hi to Matt for us. My heart is truly broken.
Tammy Streck Liegl left a message on May 2, 2013:
My heart goes out to all of Matt's family. I met Matt years ago through Rick. He was such a positive energy. Always a smile on his face. He will be missed.
Shelly Riddell left a message on May 2, 2013:
You were a breath of fresh air and will be dearly missed.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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