Matthew Owen Soldatke, 13, passed away on August 17, 2021 surrounded by his family.
He was born on May 20th 2008, to Steve and Jill Soldatke of Lincoln, NE. Matthew had a gift to teach lessons without ever being able to speak a word. His smile lit up a room. He absolutely had the most gorgeous curly soft hair that was meant for running your fingers through. He endured so much, fought hard and battled for every day on this earth. He taught his parents to trust God, dig deep, love hard, persevere, fight for the important things and forget the small stuff.
Grateful to have shared in his life his parents, his siblings Micah, Megan, Mason and Max Soldatke; his grandparents Bob and Sue Shumaker (Parker, SD) Cheryl Johnson (Sioux Falls, SD), Larry Soldatke (Sioux Falls, SD); Aunts and Uncles James and Kim Shumaker (Greenville TN) Curt and Elisa Shumaker (Sioux Falls SD) and Ryan Soldatke (Sioux Falls SD) cousins Oliver and Amelia Shumaker, Parker Shumaker and Lisa Soldatke and a host of extended family and friends. Matthew was blessed to be loved by many.
A special thank- you his current private duty nurses: Rosa, Laura, Trevor, Tina, Tim, Susan and Annalisa who loved and cared for him, his Horisun hospice nurse Shannon who helped Matthew’s family navigate end-of-life care and also to his numerous doctors, therapists, educators and past care givers; including his 1st two special nurses- Jane and Serena. Every person that partook in Matthew’s care contributed to him being able to live his best life at home surrounded by his family.
A celebration of life has been scheduled for September 12, 2021 at 1:00pm at Piedmont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church, 4801 A Street. Due to county mandate and family wishes, masks will be required if you choose to attend the service in person. A livestream option will also be available for those who would prefer to attend remotely.
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