Matthew Engelhardt

  • Born: January 3, 1983
  • Died: September 21, 2020
  • Location: Westmont, Illinois

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39 N. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559

Tel. (630) 852-8000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father & Son

Matthew Engelhardt, age 37, of Westmont, at rest suddenly, September 21, 2020. Beloved husband of Rachel (nee Bryntesen); father of Loic; devoted son of Jon and Ginger (nee Gumm) Engelhardt; best friend and dearest brother of Andrew (Jamie) and Leah Engelhardt; adored uncle of Lydia, Jeremiah and Malachi, son-in-law of Suellen Bryntensen; cousin of many. Family visitation and funeral services private. Arrangements entrusted to Cappetta's West Suburban Funeral Home & Cremation Services. Info 630-852-8000 or

Matt grew up in Southern MN spending most summers golfing with his grandpa, father, and brother. From billiards to bowling to having a good time, he was deeply loved by his friends and family. His quick wit and good-natured laughter, combined with a kind and gentle spirit, gave him the ability to connect with almost anyone. He cherished spending time with his brother, sisters and parents- playing cards and Mario Kart, sitting by a campfire, sharing good conversation and the occasional hilarious movie quote (while relentlessly teasing his sister).

Matt was a deep thinker and poured many hours into reading books and writing in his journal. He asked hard questions and spent long periods of time in prayer and seeking out God's heart. One of the places where God's presence became most alive to Matt was at West Haven Children's Home in Jamaica. He loved to sing, dance, play and pray with the children of West Haven where he so clearly saw God at work in their lives.

That love for those children carried into his daily life, spending time with his niece and nephews. He loved teasing them, snuggling and watching movies and praying with them before bedtime.
Matt spent his last years with his wife and son enjoying grilling out, watching football and wrestling their dog Chip.

His tenderness and kind heart will be greatly missed by many.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so very sorry for you loss. Matt was a wonderful, caring person with a great sense of humor. I will miss him.

Posted by Carol Holmes - Austin, MN - Friend   October 06, 2020

Prayers of peace and comfort to Jon, Ginger and family.

Posted by Kim & Sue Downey - Austin, MN - Friend   September 28, 2020

Matt was a true gem; from his smile, his loyalty to friends, and his compassion for others. He will be deeply missed by so many. Sincere condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Matt.

Posted by Brooke & Seth Berg - Austin, MN - Friend   September 25, 2020

My heart hurts for your family. I pray for peace for you. Cherish your memories with him. I would like to donate money in memory of Matt.

Posted by Deb Brehmer - Austin, MN - Family Friend   September 25, 2020

Matt was a wonderful person, sweet and humble. He was a fantastic friend. I will miss him dearly. My deepest sympathy to Matt's family. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.

Posted by Sue Ellen Walsh - Elgin, IL - Coworker   September 25, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to all of Matt's family and friends. We pray that God will comfort you during this very difficult time. Matt was incredible.

Dick and Gale

Posted by Richard Heuton - Austin, MN - Family Friend   September 24, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. May God's love and a lifetime of memories provide comfort during your time of loss.

Posted by John Gray - Austin, MN - Family Friend   September 24, 2020

God will look after Matt and his family. Prayers for all!

Posted by Len Schulke - Austin, MN - Family Friend   September 24, 2020

Mateo, I always will remember you as a good friend. I will remember the jokes , laughs, prayers that we shared for our families.
Love you always Matt.
My sincere condolences to his parents, siblings and his wife and son.

Posted by Carolina Steene - Alden, MN - Friend   September 24, 2020

So incredibly sad to hear this. My Deepest Sympathy for this Whole Family.

Posted by Mary Tufte - Austin, MN - Family Friend   September 24, 2020

Matt you were such a great guy. I will cherish the memories I have with you. Rest In Peace friend

Posted by Suzanne Schmidt - Austin, MN - Friend   September 24, 2020

Working as a driver most of the time you never get to meet the person on the other end of the line, but you get close with them...talking daily. I enjoyed working with Matt. He was a great dispatcher and a great person. My heartfelt condolences to the family!

Posted by David Crisp - Joliet, IL - Coworker   September 24, 2020

One of the nicest people I have ever met. Always positive and upbeat. Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family.

Posted by Bill Galka - Chicago, IL - Coworker   September 24, 2020

You are at peace now Matt. Rest easy. You were and will always be a great friend.

Posted by Donald Millner - Austin, MN - Friend   September 24, 2020

Condolences to the Engelhardts. Matt was such a good kind person with a big heart. He will be dearly missed by many.

Posted by Josh Jones - Austin, MN - Friend   September 24, 2020

Since Monday I have seen so many eagles flying in unusual places - I think As a reminder that Matthew is now in the palm of his Savior's hands. Tears, thoughts and prayers for you Rachel, Loic, Ginger, Jon, Leah, Andrew, Jamie, and all who loved him and have broken hearts. He is able.

Posted by Vicki Burlet    September 24, 2020

Rest with God Matt

Posted by BRYANT pool - FLORISSANT, MO - Coworker   September 23, 2020

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