Matthew Schaller
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved son, Matthew Schaller who was born in Ohio on January 28, 1980 and passed away on March 09, 2006 at the age of 26. Our sorrow is tempered only by the fact that one day we will see him again. 

"The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;

Photo Courtesy of - Lacey Harris-Willoby
Landan's Mommy / Thanks!

Please light a candle, leave a note of tribute or condolence, or send a message to me as you visit this site. In Matthew's memory- be kind to others and give to the poor in the name of Jesus.  Thank you for visiting.
Debbie, Matt's Mom

When the young bury the old,
Time heals the pain and sorrow.
But when the process is reversed,
The sorrow remains forever
Joseph P. Kennedy

Collage courtesy of Landan's Mommy

Click on this link for a video of "Shout to the Lord"
Read below to find out why this song is so special to 
Matt and his mom. Prepare to be blessed!

Click here to see Matthew Schaller's
Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Happy 30th Birthday, Matthew!!   / Deb Schaller (MattsMom)
Happy 30th birthday Matthew! How we would love to be teasing you about being old and how sad we are that we can't. We miss you every day and can't wait to see you and hold you again someday. That is the hope that keeps me going.  We miss you and...  Continue >>
Interceding for you   / Beth Renken (Know Matthew's Mom, Grandmom & Aunt )
Although I did not know Matthew, it is obvious he was well loved and is sorely missed.  You daily find a place in my prayers and often in my tears.  I am grateful to know that I will one day meet him and there will be no sorrow on that day ...  Continue >>
The Sailor Sails on..   / Sara Schaller (Baby sister )
My brother matthew is not gone his body may be and his soul is free but today i saw him steadily; My brother matthew has manifested in small, and unpredictable ways he smiles from heaven but shines here on earth i saw him today he opened his...  Continue >>
Umbrella Ministries   / Janet Pate (Friend of MOM )
Hi Deb, Janet here! Just went to your son's memorial site it is AWESOME thank you for sharing him. It was real nice hanging with you at the conference. I hope we all meet up again next year. Love ya Janet
Thinking of you today....   / Tammy, Justin's Mom (GN, friend of mom's )
Dear Deb, Please know my thoughts are with you today.  I pray Matthew's presence was especially close to you today... Love, Tammy, Justin's mom
Happy birthday  / Katrina Turner (GN friend to Deb )    Read >>
I miss you  / Alyssa Ellis (Niece)    Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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His legacy
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 

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