Matthew R. VanMoorleghem

Matthew R. VanMoorleghem

August 10, 1977 – September 17, 2021

Preceded in death by grandparents; George and Charlotte VanMoorleghem, Anthony and Josephine Piccolo; aunt, Karen McKeone; uncles: John Mullen, Bob McKeone, and Michael Piccolo.  Survived by parents, Kathy and Robert; brothers: Daniel (Lyra), Michael (Karlin), John (Maggie); nephews, Graham and John Paul; niece, Collins; and expectant nephew.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 30th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 6:30pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, October 1st at 10am, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2110 S. 32nd Avenue.  Memorials are suggested to the family to be distributed at a later date.


Matthew Robert VanMoorleghem was born on August 10, 1977.  He attended and graduated from Creighton Prep in 1995.  Matt went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University in 1999. While at TCU, he served as the vice-president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and was a member of the TCU Horned Frogs cheer squad.  As a talented art student, he was one of four TCU students featured at the 17th annual Art in the Metroplex exhibition. 

Post-graduation, Matt stayed in Fort Worth, Texas, working in finance before moving to Chicago, Illinois in 2006, where he enjoyed a successful career in finance and obtained certification as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) and a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (CRPS). 

Matt was a passionate Nebraska Cornhusker football fan, often cheering them on at the Kirkwood Bar & Grill in Chicago on game day. He was also a Denver Broncos fan and was affectionately known as “Laptop Matt,” toting his laptop everywhere he went on Sundays to track the progress of his Fantasy Football team. 

Matt was an avid runner who completed countless races, including six Chicago Marathons and the New York City Marathon, with plans to complete the London Marathon in October 2021. His ultimate aspiration was to be a Six Star Finisher. He also had a love of golf and enjoyed playing with his brothers, dad, and friends whenever possible.

Matt was intense and passionate with everything he did.  Whether it was his work, art, Fantasy Football, running or golfing, Matt put significant energy into it.  But what he put the most intensity into was his family and friends, especially his godchildren, niece, and nephews.  He was built to be an uncle – his energy could match that of the most rambunctious children and his creativity always kept them on their toes.  Matt had a deep love for his family and cherished the time they spent together.  When together, Matt and his brothers were known to keep up Bob and Kathy past their bedtime.  We will all miss his high-energy, charismatic nature and signature laugh. 







  • Nolan & Kara Beran Posted September 27, 2021 9:00 am

    We are very sorry for your loss. We loved Matt’s laugh, exuberance, and positivity. We have a lot of great memories with him watching Husker games, spending time with him in Chicago and San Francisco, and I can still picture him in his Creighton Prep football uniform. He will be missed.

  • Chris Campbell Posted September 27, 2021 11:10 am

    We’ll always miss you, Matt!

  • Timmy Tamisiea Posted September 27, 2021 4:21 pm

    From mug shots to bachelor parties, you were the best. Great enthusiasm and joy. Love you buddy and I’ll miss you a lot. See you on that elusive ghost tour soon.

  • Patti Kidd Posted September 27, 2021 5:02 pm

    Sending love and prayers to all of you! I’m so very sorry for you. Unfortunately I will be in California during Matt’s services. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • Bill Laird Posted September 28, 2021 8:38 am

    One of my more delightful former students, Matt was a treasure to all! With empathy, I grieve with you.

  • Ben Simmons Posted September 28, 2021 11:21 am

    So sorry to hear of Matt’s passing. I will never forget all the fun we had in HS and the trip to Ft Robinson with his extended family. His energy and spirit was infectious and a joy to be around. He will be missed.

  • Chad Stein Posted September 28, 2021 1:11 pm

    I enjoyed working with Matt for almost 10 years. He brought a lot of positivity and humor to most situations. He will be missed.

  • Bridget Byron Posted September 28, 2021 7:56 pm

    I worked with Matthew and he was so helpful when I started and was always generous with his time and knowledge. We had so many good times at work and outside of work and so many laughs. I don’t have words to fully express how much I will miss him.

    I send you my deepest sympathies and thank you for raising such an amazing human being and sharing him with us all.

    Bridget Byron

  • Bob Holtzman Posted September 28, 2021 10:09 pm

    All of us who knew Matt were better off having him in our lives.
    My condolences to your family.

  • Daniel Bramlette Posted September 29, 2021 5:58 am

    “Matt V”, as the TCU SigEps called him, was a legend. He lived his life so fervently and made the lives of so many people around him better. Ive been dwelling in my many happy memories of Matt since I got the awful news, and they’ve reminded me how lucky I was to have such a great friend. I pray strength and peace to the family and all who loved Matt. 🙏

  • Jeff Freygang Posted September 29, 2021 11:27 am

    Words cant express how saddened i was to hear about Matt’s passing. Having grown up across the street from the VanMooreleghem boys and having the pleasure to call them all my friends especially Matt and Danny. From our Prep days, matt left a big impact on me personally and i extend my sincere condolences to the entire family.

  • Bill Fellows Posted September 30, 2021 9:42 am

    If there is one word to describe Matt, it would be “exuberant”. He radiated an infectious energy and enthusiasm that was both inspiring and uplifting. He never went half-way on anything he took up. He was a loyal and steadfast friend – ready to stay up late into the wee hours of the morning discussing everything from politics to football. Despite the time and distance we spent apart from one another over the years, when we had the chance to reconnect, it was like no time had passed at all. He was a great guy and I miss him dearly.

  • Kathy Santos Posted September 30, 2021 1:13 pm

    I worked at TIAA with Matthew. We spent hours on the phone (him in Chicago, me in New York and later Florida) discussing work issues and personal stuff. Even though I retired a year and a half ago, Matthew would call me every couple of months to catch up with me. I loved hearing about all his adventures and the marathons he planned to run. I will surely miss his phone calls. I extend my sincere condolences to his entire family. Matthew was truly one of a kind.

  • Kerrie (Conover) Meister Posted September 30, 2021 6:55 pm

    I am so sad to hear the news about Matt. We were photo majors together at TCU and spent countless hours in the darkroom or on campus together working on our portfolios , singing loudly to whatever music we were blasting, and often sharing a pitcher at the Pub. Matt was a kind, silly, protective, big brother-type, and good friend. His passion for everything was contagious, inspiring, and unmatched. Love you Matt V! Sending lots of love to the family.

  • Bob O’Keefe Posted October 1, 2021 9:12 pm

    So very sorry for the loss of your son. Matt. Prayers for you and your families.

  • Patrick Pannett Posted October 4, 2021 5:20 pm

    My birthday brother, I always appreciated our texts and calls on the 10th and am so glad to know you in college and beyond. Much love to all family and friends – Matt V will be missed immensely.

  • T.J. Janovsky Posted October 7, 2021 11:03 am

    We lost touch over the years however I have great memories of being in grade school with Matt and sleepovers. He was definitely a bright spot in my childhood and great to be around. Condolences to his family.

  • Jennifer Cole Posted March 21, 2022 10:28 am

    So sorry for your loss. I knew Matt Van at TCU and always appreciated his smile and laughter. My condolences.

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