TRAVERSE CITY — Matthew J. Weatherholt, 47, of Traverse City, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, surrounded by his loving family. Matthew was born Aug. 8, 1966, in Traverse City, to Philip and Marguerite (Vincent) Weatherholt.
He attended Traverse City St. Francis and graduated in 1985.
He married Nancy Braciak on Oct. 24, 1995.
His greatest joy in life was his family and his beautiful girls, Maddy and Abby, who gave him the family he always wanted.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Weatherholt; daughters, Madalyn Hope and Abigail Faith; parents, Philip and Marguerite Weatherholt; brothers, Mark (Maristella) and David (Tracey) Weatherholt; sisters, Mary Anne (Mark) Avery, Sara (Robert) O’Hara and Ellen (Matthew) Lambert; brothers-in-law, Dennis (Karrie) McLenithan, Brian (Pam) McLenithan, Tim (Jan) McLenithan and Brett (Kelly) Braciak; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and so many dear friends.
Matthew was an incredible man, husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was very close with his parents and siblings and loved spending time on the Weatherholt farm. Some of his best friends included his siblings, nephews and cousins. He was known affectionately as “Foo Foo” by his adoring family.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish and hunt, especially hunting at the Weatherholt cabin in the Upper Peninsula with his dad and brother. He also loved biking, skiing, boating, archery, traveling and camping with his family.
Matthew was a huge sports fan and enjoyed watching his Red Wings, Lions, Spartans and Pistons. He learned his love of sports from his mother and sisters and passed that love on to his girls. He enjoyed coaching the girls’ basketball teams.
Matthew was loved by all who knew him. He was the kindest and sweetest soul and loved his life fully. He will be loved and missed every day and remembered for his beautiful, kind and loving spirit and his fierce loyalty. Our Daddy is in heaven with his “Red Wings” on.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass honoring Matthew will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 720 Second St., Traverse City, with visitation one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy my wish to consider a donation to Madalyn and Abigail’s education fund in care of Nancy Weatherholt.
Please share your memories with Matthew’s family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Arrangements were made by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.