Matthew D. Wesely
Feb 26, 1989 – Dec 28, 2018
Age 29. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Arline Wesely and Dick and Rita Ptacek; father, David R. Wesely. He is survived by his wife, Amy (Sweets) Wesely; daughter, Katherine; mother, Rita (Ptacek) Wesely; sisters: Laura (Greg) Grundmayer, Emily (Jason) Sunday, Maggie Wesely; brothers: Michael (Tracy) Wesely, Andy (Meg) Wesely, Christopher Wesely, Joseph Wesely; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
FAMILY RECEIVES FRIENDS, Wed, Jan 2, 2019, 5-7pm at the West Center Chapel followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, Jan 3, 2019, 10am, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7790 S. 192 St. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to Katherine’s Education Fund.
Matthew was born on Sunday, February 26, 1989 to Dave and Rita Wesely. He joined older siblings Laura, Mike, Emily, Maggie and Andy. He later became a big brother to Christopher and Joseph.
Matthew attended St. Wenceslaus Elementary School and graduated from Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo, NE in 2007.
Matthew first showcased his musical talents in elementary school, participating in choir camps and his first official solo of ‘The Answer Lies in You and in Me’ in competition as a 6th grader. In high school he participated in numerous honor band and choir performances, show choir, dramas/musicals, was a member of Madrigal ‘select’ choir, traveled to Europe with the Music Ambassadors of Nebraska in which he sang and played trombone for the crowds in multiple countries, and was a member of the Nebraska All-State Choir. As a senior he was given the National Choral Award and the Outstanding Senior Musician in Band award.
He continued sharing his musical talents in college at Northwest Missouri State, participating in band, choir and show choir. Matthew first met his future bride, Amy, as a member of the Northwest Missouri State Tower Choir and Madraliers. In 2009, they were paired together for a show choir duet which they choreographed together. Friendship blossomed into more and in 2010 they were cast as boyfriend and girlfriend in ‘The Music Man.’ The rest is history!
Matthew and Amy married on July 14th, 2012 in Hannibal, MO. They established their home in Omaha, NE where he continued his career at Scheels. He was promoted several times and attained the position of Assistant Store Leader. In addition to his career, Matthew continued to share his love of music by cantoring at several parishes and singing in the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. He performed in a show at UNO and danced and sang alongside Amy in Grace University’s production of ‘Oklahoma!’
Matthew and Amy welcomed their daughter, Katherine Lee on April 28th, 2017. He was devoted to his family. His proudest moment was becoming a father. Matthew loved playing the piano and singing with Katherine. He crawled around on the floor and constantly played with, tickled and delighted his baby girl. Matthew was passionately in love with Amy and lit up every time he talked of her and Katherine. They were his pride and joy.
Shortly after Katherine was born, Matthew and Amy purchased their first home – a proud moment in Matthew’s life. He loved the odd home-ownership projects that popped up, helping Amy in the garden, planting her flowers, and pushing Katherine in the swing.
Matthew had an adventurous spirit. He loved to travel and encouraged Amy to ‘go with the flow’ and not have a plan. They had many road trip adventures across the Midwest and Western US. He loved camping and hiking in the outdoors, especially with family.
He loved the Huskers, especially football and volleyball. Matthew fiercely loved Nebraska and was proud of his hometown, Wahoo. He secretly wanted to live the tiny-town life again.
Most importantly, Matthew was family-focused and a valued friend who inspired the best in others. His faith guided his every decision. He was loved and respected by all. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and bright smile that lit up the room. Matthew will be profoundly missed by everyone whose life he touched.