Matthew Cook

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Matthew Thomas Cook, 51, of Belleville, IL, born September 10, 1970, in Belleville, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

There is so much we can say about Matt, including how he loved experimenting with baking (his quest for perfect pizza dough did his mixer in but his apple pie was perfection).  He could always find a treasure at an estate sale, and he enjoyed fishing, gardening and his beloved beagles, Hooper and Elwood.  Matt’s life was made more complete by doing most things with the love of his life, Laura Loehr.  He was lucky to have such a wonderful person in his life.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Nicholas M. Cook; his paternal grandparents, Arthur J. and Erna R. Cook; and his maternal grandmother, Anna L. Wolf.

He is survived by his love of 17 years, Laura Loehr; a daughter, Devin M. Cook; his parents, Thomas A. and Sandra J. Cook; four sisters, Dawn L. Cook, Kimberly K. Cook, Connie K. Cook, and Molly Ann Cook; two nieces, Madeline and Josephine Graham; his maternal grandfather, Clarence J. Wolf; two aunts, Janet (Roger) Schloemann, and Debra (Rich) Koehler; an uncle, Douglas J. Wolf; and many cousins, and other relatives.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to a non-profit animal charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Masks are required.


7 Comments on Matthew Cook

Eric said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 1:35 PM

I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll cherish the memories and I’ll miss him

  • New Athens
  • Illinois
Robert Effinger said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2022 at 5:07 PM

I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers for the family. 🙏

  • Caseyville
  • Ill
Sandra roe said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Kim I am so sorry for your loss. Will keep your family in my prayers

  • Collinsville
  • Il
Missy Davis said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2022 at 12:26 PM

My heart breaks for you and your family and friends. My deepest sympathies

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jeannine Davis Warford said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2022 at 8:58 AM

Tom, Sandy, & Family You have my deepest sympathy. May fond memories help you through this tough time.

  • IL
Ron Bartlett said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2022 at 11:46 PM

Kim, you have My heartfelt condolences on your loss.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Emily Mohan, PT said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2022 at 7:06 PM

Laura, words cannot express how sorry I am to hear about Matthew. I know how shocking it was to everyone. I truly enjoyed the limited time I spent with you both. We shared a lot of laughs and I loved his cane! In a short amount of time his sense of humor and drive/determination really made an impact that I will never forget. Thank you for that opportunity and may you remember all the great times you shared.

  • Millstadt
  • IL

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