Matthew J. ĎMattí Collett

Aug. 9, 1988 - Dec. 9, 2011

Matthew J. "Matt" Collett of the Town of Genesee died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at his home at the age of 23. He was born Aug. 9, 1988, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Mark and Diane (nee Wittig) Collett.

Matt was currently in his fourth year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and worked at Kwik Trip for the past five years to help pay for his schooling. He was an active member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where he most recently helped with teaching religious education over the past few years. He also had been an active member of St. Paulís Youth of the Spirit (SPYS), where he attended Bible study and helped with extra activities including working with retreat and his peers. Matt was extremely involved in community service. He helped regularly with fish frys, Parents Day Out and food drives. Matt was always willing to help anyone and volunteered at the Milwaukee Shelter feeding the homeless. He had a passion for landscaping and was an avid runner competing in many triathlons. He was very detail oriented and loved the holidays and decorating. Matt will always be remembered for his kind, caring and gentle nature.

He will be forever missed by his parents, Mark and Diane Collett of the Town of Genesee; his brother, Christopher (Crystal Wallner) Collett of Cottage Grove, Minn.; his maternal grandmother, Helen Wittig of Plum City; and his paternal grandmother, Janice Bemis of Plum City; his aunts and uncles, Janet (the late Duane) Ardolf of Maple Grove, Minn., Karen (Steve) Traynor of Smithville, Mo., Jean (Arnie) Maxwell of Afton, Minn., Gloria Link of River Falls, Rosemary (Rick) Jones of Woodbury, Minn., Doris (Kevin) Weinzirl of River Falls, Steven (Vicki) Wittig of Durand, David (Debbie) Wittig of Plum City, Jerome Wittig of Maiden Rock, Julie (Ray) Martin of Centerville, Minn., Clark (Sue) Collett of Omaha, Neb., Margie (Tom) Collett Danzinger of Plum City and Susie (Terry) Schuh of Oakdale, Minn. He is further survived by many cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Anthony Gerald Collett; maternal grandfather, Joseph Wittig; paternal grandfather, Vernon Collett; and his uncle, Roger Wittig.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral Mass on Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Paul Catholic Church, S38-W31602 Highway D, Genesee Depot, WI 53127 (corner of highways 83 and D). The Rev. Mark Molling will preside, assisted by Deacon Larry Norman.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to St. Paulís Catholic Church (address above.)

For further information, please call Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to to leave the family an online tribute message.