Matthew Elliott Thompson

Matthew Elliott Thompson passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007 at the age of 19.

His friends and family shared in a celebration of his life on Sept. 23 at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon. His burial and memorial service took place on Sept. 25 at Big Grove Lutheran Church Cemetery in Belgrade, Minn.

Matthew was born on Oct. 3, 1987 in Fergus Falls, Minn., the son of Mark and Mary Thompson, and youngest brother of Megan and Michael Thompson.

He lived with his family in Willmar, Minn. from 1988-97. It was there that he started his academic, athletic and musical career.

In 1997, he moved with his family to Cedarburg, where he continued his pursuits, and graduated from Cedarburg High School in 2006.

Matthew’s interests were as widespread as his famously enormous arm span. He played football, baseball and basketball and was on the CHS Varsity Tennis Team. He was also an avid racquetball, ping-pong and softball player.

His competitive spirit fed into his love of board and card games of all kinds. He was often known to be the organizer of "game night" with his friends.

Matthew was perhaps most well known for his musical talents. He started playing piano at the age of 6, and the joy he felt at the keyboard was conveyed to all who ever had the privilege to hear him.

He later began to play the trombone, which he played both in the CHS Symphonic and Marching Band as well as the Jazz Band. He sang in the CHS Concert, Swing and Chamber Choirs. He was involved in numerous CHS theatrical and musical productions, as well as several other local and community theater programs.

Throughout high school, Matthew worked at the Cedarburg Piggly-Wiggly, where he was sometimes called upon to don the Mr. Pig costume, a duty that he secretly loved.

For the past two summers, Matthew was a counselor at the JCC Rainbow Camp, doing something that he genuinely loved - being with children. At nearly 6 foot 8 inches tall, Matthew was a large presence, and his size and his enthusiasm for kids made him a natural source of fun and entertainment.

Matthew attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he was a biology major on a pre-medicine track. He was just starting his sophomore year when his life was unexpectedly cut short.

In his brief time at college, Matthew became very involved in campus life, participating in choirs, working as a student assistant and constantly finding new ways to have fun.

Matthew is survived by his parents Mark and Mary of Edina, Minn. (formerly of Cedarburg); sister Megan Thompson of Elk River, Minn.; brother Michael Thompson of Madison; grandfather Eugene Thompson of Brooten, Minn.; grandfather Adler Strandquist of Bloomington, Minn.; loving girlfriend Caitlin Steinberg of Cedarburg; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Matthew was preceded in death by his grandmothers Merle Thompson, Bernice Strandquist and Ruth Strandquist.

The family of Matthew Thompson would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has provided support and assistance in this time of grief. The outpouring of love and friendship has been truly overwhelming and words cannot express how greatly this blessing has been felt.