Matthew D. Wesely


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.


  • Gene & Rurh Svoboda Posted December 31, 2018 11:19 am

    Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.

  • Laura Alley Posted December 31, 2018 11:20 am

    Oh Dear Rita, and family… there are no words. I am holding you in my heart and in my thoughts. Love, Laura

  • JAN RECEK Posted December 31, 2018 1:50 pm

    There are no words. I am sending you all my prayers and hugs. He was a wonderful young man and so glad I knew him. Love and prayers

  • Valerie Brooks and Bill from Hannibal an mt museum Posted December 31, 2018 2:26 pm

    Thoughts are with you send sincere sympathy and prayers for your family from mtm employee and Hannibal mo neighbor Valerie Brooks and Bill

  • Dena Ellis Posted December 31, 2018 3:06 pm

    Dear Amy,
    I am so incredibly sorry for your loss of Mathew. It was obvious from his Facebook postings that he cherished you and Katherine and loved you both dearly. May God be with you through this difficult time.

  • Lori Scott Posted December 31, 2018 9:31 pm

    We will continue to pray during this time of loss. Our words are not enough to convey our sorrow.

  • Elsie Houdek Posted January 1, 2019 12:40 pm

    Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.
    From Elsie Benes Houdek

  • Father Loras Grell Posted January 1, 2019 5:51 pm

    Please know of my prayers for Matthew and your family. I can’t express adequately how much God loves him and all of you. Your sorrow and darkness are intense, but Jesus and Mary will be at your side in these Christmas days and beyond.

  • Rebecca Ptacek Posted January 1, 2019 9:20 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts , prayers, hugs and love are with all of you at this time of. Sadness. Love and prayers Rebecca , Crystal and Taylor Ptacek

  • Daniel Hendrickson Posted January 1, 2019 9:36 pm

    We are sorry to hear about your loss. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Tina Schwahn Posted January 2, 2019 8:27 am

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss of your beloved Matthew. I remember you and how beautifully kind you were when I experienced a loss during grad school. May you take comfort in knowing how much Matthew loved you and little Katherine, and in the love of family and friends who surround you now.
    In God’s love,

  • Jennifer Leigh Schriver Posted January 2, 2019 2:41 pm

    Sending Love and Prayers from Grace U.

  • Caitlin Greathouse Posted January 2, 2019 2:54 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I am sending many prayers for you and your family, Amy.

    Sending love and wishes of strength and healing.


  • Ralph and Marcia Brinkley Posted January 2, 2019 2:59 pm

    Amy, We are so sorry for your loss! Keeping you and your daughter and family in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs Ralph and Marcia Brinkley!

  • Karen Crousore Posted January 2, 2019 3:42 pm

    Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. Continued prayers for you and your family.

  • Scott and Alyssa Harvey Posted January 2, 2019 3:56 pm

    We are so very sad to lose a Bearcat family member. Amy and Katherine are in our prayers and we are praying for God’s comfort and love and His will to be fiercely imposed upon them. Matthew will be so missed.

  • Don Fielder Posted January 2, 2019 4:25 pm

    Amy I am so very sorry for your loss. May Mathew’s spirit find peace and rest in the arms of Jesus and may God comfort you at this time of great sorrow.

  • Mary Freiling Posted January 2, 2019 4:34 pm

    Dear Amy and Katherine, Our hearts are so sad for both of you. May God comfort you both in the days ahead. What a beautiful write up on Matthew’s life and talents. We know how much he loved you both.

  • Juanita Rampy Posted January 2, 2019 4:53 pm

    Amy, Katherine, and family…We send our love and deepest sympathy at this time of loss. You are in our biggest and most heartfelt prayers that our Lord will surround you with his strength, comfort, and love. Juanita and Dick Rampy

  • Kathy Simpson Posted January 2, 2019 6:40 pm

    Amy, My prayers and thoughts are with you and baby Katherine. I am sending prayers of comfort and peace. May he sing with the heavenly angels. Love to you all. Kathy

  • Beth Baker Posted January 2, 2019 7:17 pm

    Dear Amy, Katherine, and family – you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Chris and Patti Montgomery Posted January 3, 2019 12:59 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep your family in prayer.

  • Sharon Rustermier Posted January 3, 2019 7:33 am

    Dear Rita & family,
    Please know our hearts go out to you at this very, very, sad time!
    You will all be in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate through the difficult time ahead! So very sorry for your loss of Matthew!
    Tom, Sharon & Rustermier family

  • Rachelle Nelson Posted January 3, 2019 8:23 am

    What a privilege to have met Matthew and Amy up at Northwest University. What a lovely couple! My heart breaks for you, (Sweets). Keeping everyone that knew and loved Matthew in my thoughts and prayers…as he has touched the lives of many.
    Rachelle L. Nelson
    Mother of Stephanie (Keen) Bickel Northwest Alumni

  • Katie Divine Turner Posted January 4, 2019 11:56 am

    Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Matthew. He will be missed.

  • Jim & Joyce Gens Posted January 5, 2019 9:14 am

    We are so sorry Thoughts and prayers and God’s love and closeness to each of you during your time of loss

  • Karen Meade Posted January 8, 2019 2:33 pm

    Amy and Katherine,
    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you at this time.

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