Matthew Allan Gruenert, 38, of Belleville, Illinois, born Monday, February 9, 1981, in Landstuhl, Germany, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 in Belleville.
Matt was a freelance carpenter and a lover of life. He loved to read, listen to music, cook and hangout with the love of his life, his daughter, Sydney. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved a good argument. He was a talented soccer player and rooted for Manchester United.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Neal and Miriam Gruenert
- William and Leota Rickman
- Godmother: Karen Koenig
Surviving are his:
- Parents: Gary and Susan L. nee Rickman Gruenert of Belleville, IL
- Daughter: Sydney L Gruenert of Belleville, IL
- Sister: Jennifer Gruenert and husband Danny Stratten, of Bellingham, WA
- Nephew: Jonah Stratten of Bellingham, WA
- Loving aunts, uncles, cousins
- Puppy: Millie
Memorials: Memorials may be made to Sydney Gruenert education fund.
Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.
Funeral: Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Pastor Brian Downs officiating.
Syd and family, so sorry for your loss. Matt will truly be missed!!!
Syd, Gary, Sue, and family I am saddened to hear of Matt’s passing, it truly breaks my heart. Matt was a diamond in the rough. His love and compassion for life and family will truly be missed. I will remember him for his zest for life, smile, and wit. “He kept at true good humour’s mark, the social flow of pleasure’s tide: He never made a brow look dark, nor caused a tear, but when he died.”
Matt was lucky enough to come from a loving, strong and close family. His many friends and family are forever changed for the better for having known and loved him. Matt’s smile was bright, his heart was big and he will be remembered by those who loved him as long as we walk this path. I am honored to have loved him. Miss you Matt. RIP
He loved you too. So many great memories. ❤️
Words can not express the ache in our hearts for you and Sydney. We will see you soon to celebrate his life and tell stories, so many stories.
Sue and Gary I am so sorry. It is so sad to think he is gone. Thinking of you guys made me remember the fun we had when they were younger. Great memories. You are in our prayers.
I did not know Matthew, however having worked with Gary for many years and knowing the caring, compassionate, honorable man Gary is and knowing he would have passed along those traits to Matthew, many would have been lucky to have been called Matthew’s friend. Our department here at Southwestern Illinois College is saddened to hear of Matthew’s passing and will continue to have your family in our prayers.
My deepest condolences to the family. My son John (J.P.) was in Zion with Matt and I remember what a wonderful young man he was. I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord guide you in the upcoming difficult days.
Gary and Sue, we are so sorry and heart broken about Matt. There aren’t any words. We think of all the soccer games and social activities we had with your family when Matt and Ryan were in Junior High and High School. Matt was a streak on the soccer field, so talented and full of joy! We loved cheering him on! You are in our prayers and Matt is in God’s arms. Mike, Linda, and Ryan Carroll
Gary & Sue,
We know that there isn’t anything we could say to take away the pain. But please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Matt will never be forgotten.
My deepest sympathy to the Gruenert family. May God Bless!
Gary you and your family are in my prayers. I hope your are surrounded by your loving family at this time and you have my deepest condolences.
So sorry to all of you we will miss him so much. We have such fond memories of him growing up and hanging out at our home. We will miss his smile and wit. We are out of town and will miss the wake and giving you our sympathy we are praying for you and your family.
Gary and family, I was so sorry to learn of Matt’s passing. Please know Sarah and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this time and moving forward. G
My sincerest sympathies to you and your family Gary. Your loss is shared with many. God Bless.