Matthew “Matt” E. Berens, 60 of Belleville, IL, passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2021. He passed away from a sudden heart attack in his sleep. It was not our time on Earth for Matt to leave us but God had other plans.
Matt was such a thoughtful, selfless and loving partner to his soul mate Alecia, as well as an amazing father to his daughter Jessi and son Mitch. A loving brother to his sister Michelle Beck, his late sister Mitzi Berens and sister in laws Alanna Askins and Andrea Silver. Matt was his mother’s only son and an amazing son he was. and the best grandpa to his only grandson Avery. Matt was an amazing uncle, brother in law, cousin and will be missed by many friends and extended family.
Matt entered the Air Force in 1978 and retired as a First Sargeant, Master Chief.
He was an active member Ainad Temple. Matt served as a Chief Aide for two years and Chief of Staff for one year at Ainad. Matt belonged to several Clubs and Units serving as President of Belleville Shrine Club and Ainad Directors Staff. He enjoyed riding his Harley, playing pool, spending time with friends and family. His love of riding motorcycles started young and now the heavenly winds will forever be at his back.
Matt was preceded in death by his:
- Father: Arthur Berens
- Sister: Mitzi Berens
He is survived by his:
- Bride: Alecia
- Mother: Nellie Berens
- Daughter: Jessicca Mendiola
- Grandson: Avery
- Son: Mitchell
- Bonus daughter: Laura Sutton (Gregg)
- Children: Xavier and Axle
- Sister: Michelle Beck (Robert)
- Nieces and nephew
- Sarah Lacina
- Great Niece: Lilli Autumn
- Catie Lacina (Matt)
- Alex (Jessica) Lacina
- Sarah Lacina
- Half brothers
- Michael Berens (Marie)
- Mark Berens (Cathy)
- Half sister: Mary Beth Morski (Frank)
Memorials: In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.
Visitation: Visitation from 3:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL. Directors Staff walk-through will be held at 7:20 pm followed by a Masonic service at 7:30pm on Thursday February 25, 2021.
COVID-19 restrictions will be followed, masks required, and social distancing. Please be respectful of time and do not linger so others may pay their respects to the family.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:30 am from Kurrus Funeral Home for a 9:45 am Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, February 26, 2021 at St. Augustine of Canterbury-Belleville, IL with Msgr Bill McGee officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with Honors.