Matthew Edward Mast, 33, born in Durham, North Carolina on the sixth day in November 1987 passed on to eternal life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the 10th day in September 2021 because of complications from chronic illness. As an outward expression of faith, Matthew made the decision in adulthood to be water baptized at Eagles’ Nest Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. A warm embrace from his grandfather, Edward Mast, and grandmother Janet Pisaneschi, welcomes Matthew in heaven. Matthew is assuredly resting peacefully in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Matthew spent his childhood in St. Louis and Memphis where he continued in a long Mast tradition of proudly achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Later, when his family moved to Wisconsin, he attended and graduated from Menomonee Falls high school, class of 2006. Young adulthood were the years he cultivated knowledge of US history, and in particular World War II. As well as his unabashed loyalty to the STL Cardinals baseball team, RAMS football team, and all things WWE Wrestling. He wed in an intimate ceremony at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee on the 6th day of June 2020. His bright light shone in such vastly beautiful vignettes. No matter whether you knew Matthew as a teammate in high school wrestling and football, or as a fellow lifeguard at the local YMCA, or had the honor of witnessing his stand-up comedy around Milwaukee, or from his appearances in Friday Night Weekly and The Amateur Monster Movie--to know Matthew was to love him irrevocably. He spent years of his life working as a certified nursing assistant, a career where his servant’s heart thrived. He leaves behind a legacy of the power of positivity in his podcast “Art of the Mind,” in which he discussed the enigmatic human tendency to press on in times of hardship. Even through a global pandemic, he reached out to friends, family, and public figures to produce his podcast that perpetuates empathy and compassion and joy, simply to share stories of hope, because that is the person Matthew was, and is now living on in our hearts and treasured memories, will always be.
Matthew is survived by his wife, Jamie Hollins Mast, Wauwatosa, WI, father and mother, Alan and Lynne Mast, Menomonee Falls, WI. Siblings, Daniel Mast, Palo Alto, CA; Evan Mast, Chicago, IL; and Hannah Mast, Charlotte, VA. Grandfather, Peter Pisaneschi, Highland, IL; Grandmother, Phyllis Mast, Champaign, IL. 17 Aunts and Uncles, 22 cousins across the country. He is also survived by his biological family the Shealeys and the Greens, Durham, NC.
Memorials may be made in Matthew’s honor to Agape Corner, Durham, North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, monetary gift contributions may be directed to his wife.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home in Menomonee Falls from 1pm until time of Memorial Service at 2pm.