Robert Joseph Matz, Jr "RJ"
September 11, 1983 - August 12, 2017
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Appleton Alliance Church
2693 W. Grande Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI
Friday 8/18, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Appleton Alliance Church
2693 W. Grande Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI
Friday 8/18, 12:00 pm
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201 N Memorial Dr
Merrill, WI 54452
(715) 536-2297 | Map
Saturday 8/19, 12:00 pm
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Saturday 8/19, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Robert Joseph Matz, Jr (known as RJ), 33 years, of Appleton, WI passed away Saturday, August 12, 2017 of an unknown condition. He was born September 11, 1983 in Evanston, IL to his parents Robert Joseph Matz. and Deborah L. (Jones) Matz. We deeply grieve the loss of our son, grandson, brother, cousin and friend.…

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Joe Freeman left a message on August 22, 2017:
I Was so deeply sorry to hear of your son’s passing the Sunday I stopped By Hours after he passed away. The loss of a son or daughter is one of the most difficult losses to bear. Thank God you’re Faith is strong and You Trust In The Lord as strongly as you do. You do have many Good Memories to cherish and had the chance to tell him you loved him, you said, the night you last saw him last when he stopped at your home that night before he died. That was major blessing for you to have that opportunity so close to his passing, I’m sure that was on his mind as he left our world to be with God. I pray your faith will help you through this difficult grieving process, you are a very special woman. You’re love for your son is eternal as are his memories of your love for him. I am not on face book a lot so didn’t see your service posting till now. God’s Blessings Joe
Lois Hilger left a message on August 21, 2017:
Dear Deb, I am so very sorry. I pray that God give you strength for the days ahead. This is horrible news. It breaks my mother's heart. I will always remember him at Grace's Sunday School managing Johnny and Stevie.
Mary Lehman left a message on August 19, 2017:
Deb, My deepest of deep strength is running your way with warped speed across the country your way. The grieving journey has no timetable, no rush is every necessary. Your love for your son Jr will always and forever be present. Hugs & Support channeling your way my dear friend, Mary Lehman
Terry & Naomi Dvorachek left a message on August 19, 2017:
Deb and family -- so very very sorry to read this sad news. Although we didn't know RJ, he sounds like such a great son and there are no words for what you are going through. Our prayers and love coming your way.
Patrick Teeters left a message on August 18, 2017:
I'm very sorry for the loss of RJ,he was a great guy. I will always remember the good times down in Eau Claire that we have had.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tim and Julie Martin left a message on August 17, 2017:
Deb, Bob, Stevi -- Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May you cherish the memories you have of RJ. I heard he was fun to watch on the ice! Sending hugs and prayers to all of you!
Bernie Wydeven left a message on August 17, 2017:
Deb I feel for you and your Families loss
Linda Ash left a message on August 17, 2017:
Debbie I am so sorry to hear this news, God bless you and the rest of your family. I will keep you in my prayers.
Donna Nelessen left a message on August 17, 2017:
Dear Deb, So very sorry for you as you grieve the loss of your son. I will lift you prayfully during this time.
Marilyn Wilson left a message on August 17, 2017:
Dear Debbie, Bob, John and Stephanie. Our deepest condolences to all of you and your extended family. Very tragic to lose a child no matter what their age as it is so out of order. Cannot imagine what you're going through with JD's sudden death! May your love for each other, the love of family and friends and your special memories of JD help you through this sad time. Love, Bob and Marilyn Wilson
Lauren Muench Waters left a message on August 17, 2017:
To the Matz family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I have known RJ since kindergarten at Highlands, and we always had so much fun playing in the neighborhood. And he was in my homeroom class all 4 years of high school - always such a sweet guy. Every new year (elementary - high school) it was so funny to many of us to hear the roll call when the new teacher would yell out "Robert!", and we would look around like "who is Robert?? Oh, you mean RJ!" Thank you for the wonderful memories, RJ, we will miss you!
Charlie daGoalie Yonts left a message on August 16, 2017:
Bob and Deb, so sorry to hear about your son. Remember watching him play hockey years ago. You have my deepest sympathy.
Denise Ladd left a message on August 16, 2017:
Deb, the news of RJ's loss is heartbreaking. There are never enough words to express my sorrow for your loss. Please know that I am thinking of you and that I am sending prayers to you and your family.
Melinda Mauk-Templeton left a message on August 16, 2017:
Deb, Stevi and John: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Emily Bierman left a message on August 16, 2017:
Stevi, I'm sorry for your loss.
Carrie Paluch left a message on August 16, 2017:
I am so sorry for your loss. I went to highschool with him and we shared many of the same classes. I will forever remember his rosy cheeks, his smile, and how he towered over most of us. He will be missed by all of us from Appleton West 2002.
Karl Koenig left a message on August 16, 2017:
Dear Deb and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for you and the family. God's peace be with all of you until you meet RJ in heaven.
Nancy Krejcarek left a message on August 16, 2017:
Deb and Family - So sorry for your loss. Love, thoughts and prayers are coming your way. The loss of a child is very hard. Always know that his loving presence will be with you in just a thought or memory. With God, Your tremendous strength as a kind, loving person will help burden the pain. If you need a hug wrap your arms around yourself, close your eyes, squeeze, and He will be there.
Dani Mortenson left a message on August 15, 2017:
Oh Deb, my heart is breaking for you and your family. There are no words to bring comfort right now, but know that your friends will be there for you. I'll check in with you from time to time.
Tom Sitter left a message on August 15, 2017:
Dear Deb, what a shock. I remember meeting RJ at one of our Ski Club functions. Very smart kid, and always continuing his education and passion for all things IT. Loved hearing his thoughts on new and upcoming changes in the industry. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this most difficult time.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Kate Rekett left a message on August 15, 2017:
To the entire Matz family - we are so saddened to hear of your loss. Please know we have you all in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate your way through these sad times. Love to all from the entire Rekett family.
Kerry & Deb Kneser left a message on August 15, 2017:
Dear Deb and Family, We are so sad to hear about your son RJ. We have added you and your entire family to our church prayer list and our small group. Please know that RJ is now serving the Lord and he is in Great hands and company. There are no words to say that will be able to capture what you are going through. Just know that God loves you and He has a plan for all of us.
Caryn Shulman left a message on August 15, 2017:
Deb, I am so very sorry to hear. I lost a child and am here if you want to chat, anytime. Hang in there.
Terri maas left a message on August 15, 2017:
My condolences to your entire family. I remember him as a young boy and I know he will be missed by many.
Jackie Trudell left a message on August 15, 2017:
Deb and family, It breaks my heart to learn of your son's passing. Such a young and talented man. My prayers are with you and your family as you say your final farewell. Although he has left our earth early, he will remain in your heart forever. May your memories help you through this difficult time.
Kate (Rechner) Tiefenthaler left a message on August 15, 2017:
I'm very sorry for your loss. RJ and I went to elementary school at Highlands, and I have fond memories of classes with him. I will be praying for your family.
Donna Hartman left a message on August 15, 2017:
I can't begin to imagine your pain. So very sorry for your loss. Sending blessing your way.
Barbara Bieber left a message on August 15, 2017:
Deb....so very sad to hear of your son's passing. Take comfort in knowing he was loved and will be cherished in memories forever.
Julie Smith left a message on August 15, 2017:
Deb I am so sorry to hear this. May our God comfort you and your family in this time of excruciating sorrow. Prayers for you my friend. No parent should ever have to go through this.
Kay, Jilly, Adam and Erik left a message on August 15, 2017:
Deb, Stevi, John and Bob. We are so very sorry to hear about RJ. You are all in our prayers.
Christopher J. Glapa left a message on August 15, 2017:
Bob, Debbie, Johnny, and Stevi, So sorry to hear of the loss of RJ. We have many fond memories of our hockey days spent together. If there is anything we can do for you during this most difficult time please let us know. Christopher, Jeannie, Timothy, and Stephen Glapa
Natalie Rechner left a message on August 15, 2017:
I'm terribly sorry for your loss Deb. It's so awful when a parent buries their child. I pray for God's presence during this time.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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