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In Memory of Matthew J. Baumgartner


11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Kilkarney Hills Golf Club, 163 Radio Road in River Falls, WI

Funeral Services

A Service of Remembrance will begin at 12:00 noon

Matthew James Baumgartner, age 33 of Somerset WI and formerly of Hudson, died on December 7, 2015 at his home after a brief illness. Matt was born February 13, 1982 in Eau Claire WI to parents David James Baumgartner and Vickie Jean (Creaser) Girard. Matt attended Elk Mound High School, and graduated with the Class of 2000. He went on to earn his Bachelors degree in Business Finance from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Matt worked for 8 years as a Chartered Financial Consultant at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Hudson, which is where he would meet his future wife Leah. The two would be united in marriage this past September in White Bear Lake MN.

In 2012, Matt went on to become the Vice President of Land Management for Black Bear Resources. His character and expertise made him a true success in his field. Outside of work, Matt enjoyed riding his Harley and golfing. Matt was a known tinkerer who loved to fix things, from working on his ’51 Chevy, to the Super Sport race car he had as a younger man. Matt was a devoted husband, a loyal friend and brother, a provider, and a protector. Matt looked out for those he loved. Matt lived his life with a generous heart. He gave of himself to matters he found important, like the annual Lone Survivor Golf Tournament, or touching the lives of others by paying it forward in meaningful ways. Matt had a strong sense for always finding a way to do the right thing. Matt will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Matt is survived by his loving bride, Leah; his mother, Vickie (John) Girard; his father, David (Michele) Baumgartner; siblings, Brian Baumgartner, Michael (Craig Kohn) Baumgartner, Nicole Baumgartner, Tessa Girard, and Madeline Baumgartner; nephews, Tegan and Ezra; maternal grandparents, Bob (Jewel) Creaser; parents-in-law, Neil (Diane) Dietsche; siblings-in-law, Heather (fiancé David Janikowski) Dietsche, Chad (Heather) Dietsche, and Sara (Niles) Taylor; niece and nephews, Gavin, Jack and Ava; grandmother-in-law, Marjorie Daniek; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and great friends. Matt was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Jim (Janice) Baumgartner; grandfather-in-law, Frank Daniek; and grandparents-in-law, Fred (Lucille) Dietsche.

To honor the life of Matthew Baumgartner, a gathering of family and friends be held from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Kilkarney Hills Golf Club, 163 Radio Road in River Falls, WI, with a Service of Remembrance beginning at 12:00 noon. A time of fellowship will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, WI. 715-386-3725

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    • Matt touched the lives of so many people and had such a positive impact in this world. I feel truly blessed to have you as one of my friends as do so many other people. The fun memories and stories we have of you are endless. I won’t forget your snicker and your very generous heart and your willingness to help everyone around you and make them feel good. Even though you are gone you are not forgotten. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you Matt (Ratty) and thanks again for the boots!!

    • We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Matthew’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in each other, in sharing precious memories, and in God’s enduring love. Our deepest sympathy.

    • Leah, you and both your families are in our thoughts and prayers. Matt had the biggest heart and generous actions of anyone. He was one of “my boys” during the time he worked at Northwestern Mutual, especially when he and Jason worked together. Matt will be greatly missed.

      Leah and Vickie, please feel free to call Jason or myself if you need anything. May God give you peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have of your husband and son.

    • Tom and I are saddened by Matt’s passing. We are so sorry for Leah, and her family, and all of Matt’s family and friends

    • Its hard losing someone that left such an impact on everyone he met. I pray for strength to everyone who knew him. He left us with memories that will live on forever. God got a good one. RIP Matt.

    • A hundred dollars says Baum walked into heaven wearing work boots, blue jeans and a sleeveless. Ill remember him being one of the great antic starters I have ever been around. Just toed the line between something being funny and harmless or possibly going to jail or getting suspended from school, ha. We would be like, ah I guess we can plan for this antic days in advance, oh and you’re thinking of spending money on this too, gee let me think, okay I guess this sounds harmless, ha. But really smart guy too as everyone knows, not surprised at all he accomplished. This is a tough one for me, I wont forget him ever.

    • Our hearts are breaking for you. Find strength with your friends and family. Leah you need anything let us know. You too Niles and Sara! God loves you.