Matthew Lawrence Whetzel, age 38, passed unexpectedly at his home in Fargo, ND, on March 4th, from COVID-19 complications. His loss was completely unexpected and we are shocked and deeply saddened. Matt was born on December 9th, 1983, to loving parents Dana and Carol (Massmann) Whetzel at United Hospital, Grand Forks, ND. Matt was the youngest of the three Whetzel boys and big brother to the only sister in the clan. Matt lived in many places in his youth, including Williston, ND; Fargo, ND; and St. Cloud, MN. Matt graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School in 2002. In his early 20s he moved and settled in the Fargo area to be closer to his siblings. Matt was a loving uncle to Dominic, Ian, Meredith, Ella, Dana, Dakota, Weslee, Charlotte, Dean, Arlo, and Felix. Matt enthusiastically sought out time to spend with his nieces and nephews who overwhelmed him with great joy, sweet memories, and a fulfilling sense of purpose. They were his entire world. Being a kid at heart, he loved doing anything they wanted whether it was a simple visit to the park, a trip to the zoo, visiting the yearly pumpkin patch, swimming, or a night at the movie theater. He cherished holiday get togethers, above all else he took great joy in giving gifts. Matt enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, bowling, golfing, watching his favorite local bands and caring for his dog, Buddy. He also enjoyed his weekly poker and pinochle night with friends, the highly competitive cribbage games against his grandpa Don, and occasional rummy with his grandma Bea. Any activity that Matt could do with family and friends would become a new hobby that he would give his heart to just to spend more time with those he loved. Anyone who knew Matt, knew that he was incredibly kindhearted. Matt refused to do anything but enjoy life and always made others feel valued. Matt’s family and friends will miss him more than words can say. Matt will by lovingly remembered by his mother Carol and stepfather Dennis Langer; his brothers, Daniel (Tara) and Michael; sister Cassie (Cody) Beckwith; 11 nieces and nephews; grandparents Fred and Beatrice Massmann and grandfather Donald Whetzel; best friend, Mitch Skajewski and dog, Buddy. Matt was preceded in death by his father Dana, 2002; grandmother, Doreen Whetzel, 2011; his sister-in-law, Melissa Whetzel, 2020; his uncle Derek Whetzel, 2015; and his aunt, Julie Wiecks, 2019 Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 11th, at 6 pm with a one hour visitation prior at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, ND.

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  1. We will miss a good neighbor. Only knew Matt for a couple years, but was a great addiction to our neighborhood. Our sympathy to Matt’s family and friends.

  2. We are so sorry for the unexpected loss of Matthew. You are all in my thoughts & prayers right now
    Lucas & Melony (Massmann) Kingkade

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. Covid is a nightmare. So many young and old taken for no reason. I lost my brother to covid also. My prayers are with you.

  4. I remember Matt bringing in huge boxes of Christmas gifts for the Whetzel kids. Ian, Meredith and Ella always looked forward to his visits. I didn’t know him well, but I sensed he was genuinely a great guy with a huge heart. RIP Matt.

  5. All of us here in St cloud certainly love Matt’s company played cards like his dad I was hoping to get some of my money back from but maybe in the next life prayers are with you guys I won’t be able to make it in Florida take care

  6. So sorry to hear of the loss of our beloved cousin Matt. Sending prayers and hugs of comfort to Dan, Mike, Cassie, Carol and the rest of the family.

  7. Danny, Mike, and Cassie — My deepest sympathy to you and your families on the loss of Matthew. He always made a point of visiting with us at family gatherings, with that big smile on his face. He had such a caring nature, and I’m sure you will miss him greatly. Treasure your memories of him, they are priceless.

  8. Matt was so fun loving. I never saw him not happy. Your family is in my thoughts and he will be greatly missed.

  9. My spouse and I were lucky to be included in Matt’s circle of card playing friends. We always felt welcomed at his home. He was a kind and outgoing host… his loss will be felt for years to come. We know his family meant everything to him. Our condolences to his loved ones…

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Even though we never really knew Matt like others were blessed to know of him. After watching this beautiful tribute to him, we feel like we know him a little better than before. Hold onto & treasure those precious memories/moments you all shared with your loving son, grandson, brother, uncle and friend. Thank you for sharing Matt with all of us. Please let us know if you need anything. God Bless You Always 🙏 ❤️

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