Braydon N. Matter, 3

Braydon Nicholas Matter, 3, of Grafton, was taken home to be with Jesus on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, after a lifelong struggle with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) and its related complications.

He was born on Aug. 13, 2009, in Milwaukee, the son of Nicholas and Kendra (Rusch) Matter. Braydon frequently expressed his faith in Jesus and often referred to his home in heaven. It wasn’t unusual for Braydon to reassure his family and friends that he was ready to be with Jesus. He dearly loved and embraced all who knew him with his jubilant soul and contagious giggle.

Braydon was a fun-loving boy who enjoyed stuffed animals, bubbles and playing with his big brother. All who knew Braydon remember his big blue eyes, a stuffed animal under his arm and a Nuk in between his great big smile. Braydon would remind us "Don’t be sad." "Be happy."

He is survived by his parents, Nick and Kendra Matter of Grafton; best friend and brother, Colson; maternal great-grandparents, Franklin and Adeline Held of Batavia; maternal grandparents, "Papa" Gerald and "Nana" Karen Rusch of Cedarburg; Uncle Bradley (Alison Propson) Rusch of Barton; Auntie Emily (fiancé Derek Bartelt) Rusch of Cedarburg; paternal great-grandparents, Floyd and Mary Lyneis of Grafton and Lucille (late Roman) Matter of Cedarburg; paternal grandparents, "Papa" Mark and "Gramma" Amy Matter of Cedarburg; uncle and godfather, Nathan (Heather Rucks) Matter of Cedarburg; and godmother, Anna Hering of Grafton. Braydon was also loved and cherished by his beloved pet, Bubba, and many special caretakers, including adopted grandmas, therapists, medical staff and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Erwin and Selma Rusch.

A celebration of his life will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Our Savior Ev. Lutheran Church, 1332 Arrowhead Road, Grafton. Pastor Mark C. Wagner and Staff Minister Tom Hering will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Family Life Center of the church. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, a collection of new stuffed animals will be accepted and shared with patients of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church or CMV research are appreciated.

The family expresses their heartfelt thankfulness to all the physicians, therapists, and medical staff who cared for Braydon and his family with great dedication, kindness, support and love.

Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.

Information and condolences are available at or 284-4431.