Matthew Schneider

Matthew Schneider
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Matthew S. Schneider, 28, of Belleville, IL, born October 2, 1986, in Belleville, IL, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Mr. Schneider was a teacher at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.  He overcame many physical challenges in his life.  His positive and welcoming attitude made him an inspiration to everyone who knew him.  Matthew loved music, art, movies, and was an avid reader and writer.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Grace, nee Wagner, Schneider; and a cousin, Tammy Latson.

Surviving are his devoted parents, Larry W. and Kelly D., nee Klohr, Schneider, of Belleville, IL;
maternal grandparents, Dale and Carol, nee Burdick, Klohr of Freeburg, IL;
three aunts, Karen (Shelton) Etter, Peggy (Bob) Maupin, and Charlotte Lehr;
an uncle, Carl Schneider;
cousins, John Reiling, Scott Abbott, Andrea (Paul) Thies, Rachel (Scott) Abbott,
Carla (Tom) Robben, Chad Schneider, Lucas Schneider,
James Lehr Jr., Bobby (Martha) Lehr, Henry Lehr, and Jerry Lehr;
close friends, Adam and Ryan Seib;
and his two canine buddies, Jackaroo and Willow.

Memorials may be made to The Dystrophic Epidemolysis Bullosa Resarch Assn. of America (DEBRA), 75 Broad St., Suite 300, New York, NY 10004.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Matthew Schneider

Kelly and Larry; we were sadden to hear of Mat’s passing. Our hearts and our prayers are with you both at this time. May God give you the peace that you need at this time.
Daryl & Carolyn Young

Daryl & Carolyn Young, Mountain Home, AR, 72653

Larry and Kelly. We are so sorry to hear of Matthews passing. May God give you strength during this difficult time. He was such a special young man and even though we didn’t know him personally we remember his struggles from a very early age and the devotion, love and support that you had for him. Think of you often and will keep you and your family in our prayers

Tom and Linda Wuertz , Millstadt, Il, 62360

My condolences to Matt’s parents. I went to Abe Lincoln with Matt and I would still got to see Matt a few times due to my line of work. It always amazed me how he never seemed to let anything bother him. He was a great man and I know he will be missed by many.

Amber Hinterthuer, Millstadt, IL, 62260

I grieve for thee. That is a quote from Spock. Mat was my English-102 professor this last semester at SIUE. I learned so much from him and was overjoyed that I had a teacher that was a comic book geek like me. Peace be with him and all of you.

Jimmy Gillentine, Edawardsville, Il, 62025

Kelly, I am heartbroken for your loss. It’s been so long since I’ve seen you but continue to think of you often. Please know that I am praying for you and Larry. Love and prayers always.

JoEllen Stephens Hackmann, O Fallon, Illinois, 62269

Larry and Kelley, I’m so sorry about Matt’s passing. I hope your family and friends will lift you up through this seemingly impossible time. My thoughts and prayers are with you, old friend. My son-in-law, Tim Tolin sends his condolences also.

Terry Hobbs, Freeburg, Illinois, 62243

I had mixed emotions when I saw Matt’s photo. The photo made me smile, yet somehow it was in the wrong place. I was Matt’s 7th grade science teacher and had the pleasure of enjoying his sense of humor. That year he had a special aluminum pen that he used for writing. He had a way of “accidentally” dropping the lid of the pen so that it made a Tink, Tink, Tink sound as it bounced around the room. This accident happened frequently, and I always saw the mischievous smile on his face afterward!

donna k. Whitaker, belleville, IL, 62223

Dear Kelly and Larry, I am so very sorry to hear of Matt’s death and your great loss. Know this, you were excellent parents, making life as normal as possible for him. As a result, you had this beautiful person who always seemed to smile, even with pain and discomfort. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts, Sincerely, Mary Ann Montgomery, school nurse at AL/WJH

Mary Ann Montgomery, Belleville, IL, 62221

I worked with Matthew at the SIUE Writing Center and must say he was one of the kindest and most helpful individuals I have ever known. His courage and drive were inspirational and he will be deeply missed by everyone here.

Chad Verbais, Edwardsville, Illinois, 62025

I worked with Matthew at the SIUE Writing Center and must say he was one of the kindest and most helpful individuals I have ever known. His courage and drive were inspirational and he will be deeply missed by everyone here.

Chad Verbais, Edwardsville, Illinois, 62025

I am so sorry for your loss. I was in the English education program with Matt at SIUE. He made any class I had with him more interesting and enjoyable with his wit and positive attitude. He will be missed.

Alisa Wartick, Chicago, IL, 60613

It is with deep regret to hear of the passing of such a fine student. Matt was a student in two of my communication class. He was an excellent student and gentleman as well. I admired his courage and tenacity in life to overcome all obstacles despite the odds. My deepest sympathies to the family.

Diane D. Hayes, Edwardsville, IL, 620026

Kelly and Larry,
I was thinking about all of you and searched google when I came across this in my search. I’m so sorry to hear of Matthew’s passing. I don’t know if you remember me, but I was one of Matthew’s private duty nurses when he was a baby. It was such a pleasure working with your family. Your diligence and great care you took of him was extraordinary! It appears he enjoyed life and had a very productive, full life! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Becky (Stringer) Vickery Tyler, Hayward, California, 94541

I am so sorry for your loss. It is natural to have questions as to why we loss those we love. You can have faith the God has a plan for us to see our loved ones again. At John 5:28&29 Jesus promises us: “Do not be amazed at this, for hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life…” God yearns to reunite you with your son again. Revelation 21:4

Cathy Butler, Henderson, NV, 89015


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