Thank you for such a beautiful visual tribute and honor to the life of Matthew Welsh! Though I never met Matt, I cried all through it. I was struck by the clear devotion this family had for this young man! His life was rich, surrounded by angels who did everything possible that he might have a quality life, and after his parents’ passing, ( I DID know them), how his brothers carried on at seeing to his needs. What a treasure to the planet he was! Blessings to Nick and Vincent!
So sorry for the loss of Matt. He was a great guy. I enjoyed getting the times to visit with him . My prayers are with him and his wonderful family.
February 21, 2019
As many of you may know, my nephew, Matt Welsh, has been struggling with health issues the last several months with no improvement.
This past Monday night, February 18th, Matt’s struggle ended. He died in hospice care in Tucson. Of course, we are all sad but rejoice for Matt that he has joined his parents in that heavenly place he so well deserves. (Of course, if an afterlife is not on your radar, then one may take solace in knowing that Matt’s earthly struggle has ended.)
With the loss of Ida in 2012 and then Paul in 2016, Matt’s life took on a greater degree of change. He really missed his parents and, especially, Paul who, after the loss of Ida, took Matt almost everywhere he (Paul) went.
Matt loved painting and drawing and his cat and the Indy 500 (which he attended twice) and trains – most especially, engines – and pasta carbonara and lighthouses and pandas and other things I do not remember. Despite his incapacities, he knew a lot of ‘stuff’ and was happy to share it with you. One of my friends who was with him at the Indy 500 was amazed at how much he knew about auto racing and the 500 in particular.
One of my favorite memories of Matt is the opportunity Garrett was able to give him of driving. The infamous Gator – which we use on the farm to get off the main roads – was the perfect vehicle for Matt to drive. Paul told me later that this was one of Matt’s happiest experiences. The picture Garrett took said it all. If you asked Matt about it, he had a ‘light up the face’ grin to indicate how much fun it was for him.
Connie and Doug are leaving for New Zealand this week so we will be having his funeral in early April after they return.
Matt’s brothers, Vince and Nick, took excellent care of Matt. Who can ask more? Thanks to them, Matt was at peace.
Responses from friends:
Patricia Geisler Nicely written, Steph. The family took good care of Matt.
Connie Welsh Very nice. Captures him. Attach the picture if you can.
Keenan F&J What a beautiful tribute! Joyce
Anne Scoville Dear Stephanie, What a beautiful remembrance of Matt you have written. It’s the most beautiful and
descriptive I have seen and definitely connotes the happiness of Matt’s life and his eternal
happiness. Thank you for sending it to me. Love and prayers, Anne
Joe Lazaroff Dear Stephanie, Sorry to hear about Matt. Your letter is a wonderful tribute and remembrance for those
of us who knew him only remotely. Best regards, Joe
Leslie Gicewicz My heart is with you.
Oscar J. Groebl, Jr. I send deepest sympathies from all of the St. Louis, Groebl Family to Vince and Nick, to Stephanie and
Connie and the entire Welsh/Pausback family. I fondly remember Matt at the Pausback Reunion and the
love, kindness and accommodation everyone showed him. I was truly impressed and moved. Naturally, if
there is any way I can help, please let me know. Oscar
Jacquelyn Bradfield Very nice! With sympathy, Jacquie
Mary Welsh Stephanie, Such a lovely tribute to Matt! I too remember him from the reunion, as well as a trip I
took to Arizona before I left California to move back to Chicago and, of course, Paul's memorial
service - he was very special. You have my deepest sympathy - it is always somehow worse when those
younger than us are gone.
Kim LaGrange Oh, Stephanie. Thanks for letting all of us know about Matt's passing. Although I didn't know Matt,
from reading the lovely memorial, it seems his was a life well lived, in the embrace of a loving
family. As you said, who could ask for more? Kim
Mike/Jeanne Hopper We are so sorry to hear about Matt. He certainly had a rough patch the past few years. Believing in a
Heavenly place, we are sure that Mom and Dad were at the pearly gates waiting for him with open arms.
He is at peace now. I can only imagine how driving the Gator put a smile on his face and in his heart.
Garrett has that effect on people. Our sympathies to everyone in the family and his friends. -
Mike & Jeanne
Libby Pendergast I’m so sorry for your loss, Stephanie!! I know how special Matt was to you all! Hugs, prayers and
Bryan Sponsler Peace be with you all, dear friend.
Ann Lindsay Hi Steph - My sympathy on the passing of your nephew It sounds like he was a very special person and
indeed, it seems a blessing that his struggle has ended. With Love and a Big Hug! Annie
Kathy Alexander Dear Stephanie, Sending condolences and love to you and Garrett. Matt was a lucky guy to be in your
Gerri Varner Dear Stephanie I/We were so saddened to hear about Matt. When we met him, we were impressed with his
positive attitude and liked him very much. What a hard life for someone already challenged. Our deepest
sympathies. Fondly, Gerri and Allen
Rick Pausback Rosie and I send our sincere condolences to the Welsh family on the passing of Matt. May he rest in
peace in the arms of God, and the embraces of his sainted parents. Rick and Rosie
Jim and Cathy Vanous Hi Stephanie and Connie, We are sad to hear about Matt's passing. So glad we were able to meet him and
Vince and Nick at the Memorial Weekend Reunion, as we had always heard updates from our mom about
Paul and Ida's children. It sounds like Matt had such a rich life because of your wonderful family
that surrounded him with love. Cathy and Jim
Dee/Tom Walters Stephanie, I am saddened to hear the news of your nephew, Matt. He had a lot to contend with of which
most cannot relate. He will be in my prayers as he makes his way softly and quietly to his heavenly
home. Also, that his brothers find peace and satisfaction in the care they have given their brother.
Lovingly, Dee & Tom
Cheryl Smith My condolences, Stephanie. Cheryl
Sue and TJ Howard We were very sorry to learn that Matt had passed away. We never met Matt, but felt that we knew him
from other members of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Love, Sue and TJ
Kim Pendergast Stephanie, I send a hug. I don’t know that it will help soften the blow, but I find it more consoling
than words. I love you, Kim
Sue McCallum Stephanie and Garrett, I am truly saddened to hear of Matt's passing and of thinking how drastically
his world had changed in recent years. Yet, those precious special memories, like the one you shared,
are what keeps one's memory alive in our hearts. They truly are the best things we have and thinking of
him smiling in the Gator will be one I will smile at! My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bonnie Carle Hello Stephanie, My apologies for the late condolences! What a wonderful tribute you gave to Matt. I so
admired the way Paul took him everywhere, that he was embraced by everyone in the family and had the
opportunities to truly enjoy so many of the things he loved doing. I remember having an enjoyable
conversation about "stuff" with him at one of your pre-hayride parties. It was obvious how much he
cared about you and Garrett. I would like to think he is happily riding all over that heavenly place on
a Gator, and will undoubtedly be looking down on the Indy 500 for years to come.
Mariana Rimoldi Sevellec Hello Stephanie, Thank you for this letter and my apologies for not writing any sooner. Of course,
Garrett informed me immediately about Matt's death and I also read many of the Facebook messages about
his passing. My heart and thoughts go out to you, Garrett, Connie, Vince, and Nick. I hope Matt rests
in peace with his Mom and Dad now. Thank you again for including me on your mailing list. Let's talk
soon. Lots of love from Lyon. Mariana & Boys
Such a lovely tribute to Matt! I too remember him from the reunion, as well as a trip i took to Arizona before I left California to move back to Chicago and, of course, Paul's memorial service - he was very special. You have my deepest sympathy - it is always somehow worse when those younger than us are gone.
We are so sorry to hear about Matt. He certainly had a rough patch the past few years. Believing in a Heavenly place, we are sure that Mom and Dad were at the pearly gates waiting for him with open arms. He is at peace now. Our sympathies to everyone in the family and his friends.
Thanks for letting all of us know about Matt's passing. Although I didn't know Matt, from reading the lovely memorial, it seems his was a life well lived, in the embrace of a loving family.
Very nice! With sympathy.
I send deepest sympathies from all of the St. Louis, Groebl Family to Vince and Nick, to Stephanie and Connie and the entire Welsh / Pausback family. I fondly remember Matt at the Pausback Reunion and the love, kindness and accommodation everyone showed him. I was truly impressed and moved. Naturally, if there is any way I can help, please let me know.
My heart is with you.
Sorry to hear about Matt. A wonderful tribute and remembrance for those of us who knew him only remotely.
What a beautiful remembrance of Matt. It definitely connotes the happiness of Matt’s life and his eternal happiness. Love and prayers.
The family took good care of Matt.
What a beautiful tribute!
We pray for comfort and love for all of you who knew Matt and mourn his presence in your lives.
My condolences to everybody who loved Matt. I didn’t know him very well, but he was a sweet guy.
Our sincere condolences to you Nick and to your family. You were an amazing and caring brother to Matt!