Matthew: Gift of God
Matthew Schaller was the second child born to Jim and Deb Schaller. As a young child he was quiet and thoughtful. He was very intelligent and hated it when anyone noticed. It wasn't cool to be smart! He studied Greek and loved ancient history. As an adult he could read, write, and speak Italian, Greek, and French. He loved traveling and visited Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and many other countries during his 6 years in the U.S. Navy. Matthew was a Petty Officer 2nd Class at the time of his passing. He was an IT (information technician) and his Commanding Officer said this of him, " He was a great sailor who served his country superbly. Intelligent, sensitive, and adventurous, Matthew loved culture and took advantage of experiencing Italy and touring Europe."
Matthew was (and is still) loved by his parents, his brother James, sisters, Jennie and Sara, and niece, Alyssa, Grandparents -Tom Weills and Virginia Wilkins, Aunt Liz Aouad, Sarah, Uncle Mark and John and many cousins. We are deeply saddened by his death and miss him more every day.
In Matt's memory we adopted a little boy from Kenya through "Food for the Hungry" and give money to our local men's shelter. Matt felt great compassion for people who were down and out. He would often give large sums of money to people asking for handouts.
Matthew loved God and was baptized by his Grandpa Everrett when he was 10. He was raised in evangelical churches but loved the traditions of the Catholic Church and began to convert to Catholicism which he did not complete. His friends knew of his belief in God which was recorded in the final report on his death.
It took 22 months to receive the final report on Matthew's death. Matthew died as a result of a disease that kills many of our most wonderful, talented, compassionate, caring, and deeply loved people - addiction. Matthew hated his disease and didn't understand how it was able to take over his sensibilities and judgement. We're grateful to his friend Brian who was a source of comfort to him at the end when there were others who took advantage of him. He's gone now and with his Heavenly Father where there is no sickness or death, no sorrow or tears, no one to betray or abuse, no body to wear down, and living with loved ones who have gone before him- Grandma Wimberly, Grandmother Wesley, Uncle Randy, Grandpa Everrett, and Leah.
We feel blessed to have been Matthew's family. We hope he felt the same.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 5:3