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Matt Loves Life.

Matthew Alan Styer, age 30, passed away peacefully with his wife by his side at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on December 19, 2011. He died after living courageously with leukemia for a year and a half. Matt was born on September 22, 1981 in Sellersville, PA to parents Alan and Grace Styer and grandparents Kermit and Edna Styer and Ralph and Doris Witmer. He grew up in Telford, PA and Greenford, Ohio. He was very active as a boy and known in high school for his skills in both soccer and football. He grew up to be an amazing cook, avid bicyclist, and creative designer and photographer. He loved to travel and go on adventures. His favorite thing to do was make meals to share with friends.

Matt attended Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Communications. He then worked for EMU as a graphic designer where he left his mark by redesigning the alumni magazine. At EMU he met many amazing friends including his future wife, Lindsay Martin. He moved to Philadelphia in 2008 to be near Lindsay and start a masters program in digital design at Philadelphia University.

Matt and Lindsay were recently married on September 24, 2011 at his grandparents’ farm in Salem, Ohio. It was a beautiful day where friends and family shared in celebrating Matt and Lindsay’s deep love, a day where Matt’s bold and creative personality could be seen in every detail.

Matt is survived by his wife Lindsay Martin Styer, his parents Alan Styer and Grace Witmer Styer, his brother Jon and sister Amanda, his grandparents Ralph and Doris Witmer, 24 aunts and uncles, and 31 cousins.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 am on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at Old North Church, 7105 Herbert Rd, Canfield Ohio. A private graveside service will follow. The family will hold calling hours from 5-8 pm on Thursday Dec. 22 at Old North Church. Arrangements are being made by Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio. Donations in Matt’s memory can be made to North End Greenway in Harrisonburg, VA.

Written by his loving wife Lindsay Martin Styer

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  1. JuJu Marquez / Jan 2 2012

    I started the masters program at Philadelphia University the same semester as Matt. He had a great attitude and was amazingly smart. I learned much from him that semester. Even though we were just classmates he definitely left his mark. My condolences go out to his entire family and wife. Matt you left your mark behind….may you rest on peace. You will be missed.

  2. Penny Blosser / Dec 23 2011

    They laid you to rest today. You gave a brave and courageous fight to your enemy. Rejoice in heaven and the presence of God. You will be missed here by all that loved you. My prayers will now go to you lovely wife and family for strength to carry on.

  3. Henok / Dec 23 2011

    My condolences to the Styer family and Linsley, I am very sorry to hear about this. May the God of peace comfort you in your time of sorrow.

  4. Shandra Yoder Stoner / Dec 21 2011

    I wanted to let you all know that I am praying for you and remembering you in this time of loss. I am Matt’s second cousin and though I am not in contact often with my Styer relatives, I know that the Styers are a huge part of my mom’s life (Rachel Moyer Yoder). My heart breaks for the hole that will now be part of your family where Matt should be. May the peace that passes understanding reign in your hearts and minds today. Much love to you from Lancaster County, Shandra

  5. ross buttle / Dec 21 2011

    I’ve had about 2 or 10 cocktails tonight and I have been listening to the smashing pumpkins all night. Good memories from the a long time ago. I always looked up to his sence of mind and being, He couldn’t play a board game without cheating though. I really miss him and our conversations about things I otherwise never would get to talk about. Grace I want to give you a huge hug, you will always be my other mom.

  6. Bonnie Price Lofton / Dec 21 2011

    I was a colleague of Matt’s at EMU from 2005 until he resigned in 2008 to move to Philly to be with Lindsey and was replaced by his brother, Jon. Here is a statement I drew up today from my experiences of working with Matt and his artistic gifts (his talents made it easy for me to write a letter of recommendation for his admission to the master’s program in digital design):

    Matt Styer was the first EMU staff member to combine skills in videography, design and photography to tell EMU’s story in a systematic way. Matt’s video work was a highlight of the 10th anniversary celebration of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding in 2005. In 2006, he redesigned EMU’s alumni magazine, Crossroads. In 2007, he redesigned EMU’s Peacebuilder magazine. For both magazines, he set up enduring formats that combined excellent photography with attention-grabbing graphic design. Matt left a legacy at EMU that has been continued by his brother and friend, Jon Styer.

  7. patience / Dec 21 2011

    lindsay and the entire styer family -continuing to hold you all up in the fondest of thoughts and prayers.

  8. Anna / Dec 21 2011

    I know you probably don’t remember me. But you and Matt attended my synthesis presentation last December. Matt and I were in the same design program and had class together. He was a very talented designer. I’m very sorry for your loss.

    Anna

  9. Linda Holloway / Dec 21 2011

    I am so sorry. You are on my heart and in my prayers.

  10. Sharon and Gerald Strite / Dec 21 2011

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Matt. We cannot imagine the pain you must be feeling now as you deal with your loss. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers. We will pray that the wonderful memories of his life will bring you comfort and peace in the days ahead of you.

  11. Marcia Ramsey / Dec 21 2011

    We are so sorry in hearing of Matt’s passing. May you Lindsay always remember the great times you had together. We will see you soon.

    Love, Marcia and Dave

  12. rachel schrock / Dec 21 2011

    I’m so sorry to hear this news! I remember Matt standing in as a model for one of our photography classes, and we were grateful to find him so accommodating. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones!!

  13. Chel Janci / Dec 21 2011

    Some of my older fond memories of Matt are watching him play sports, he was so talented in soccer and Kicking a football…beyond that he is a kind gentle guy, and we will sadly miss him. We are lifting up prayers and keeping your family in our hearts.
    Love , Chel

  14. Ellen Darden / Dec 21 2011

    Matt was an amazing photographer, he took our daughter’s senior pictures while she was in India and what a gift. He captured her essence like no other photographer. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Ellen Darden / Dec 21 2011

    Matt was a gifted photographer and took our daughter’s senior pictures while she was in India. They are wonderful pictures and he captured her essence like no other photographer has. What a gift he gave us with his talent. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  16. Joyce / Dec 21 2011

    Our thoughts and prayers are for Lindsay, the Styers and the Martins. May you support and comfort one another.

  17. Jess Hunter-Bowman / Dec 20 2011

    Matt, you touched many lives, including the life of this relative newcomer to your family. We are better for our time with you. Thank you for all you gave and shared. You are gone much too soon, but put up an amazing fight. You are already missed.

  18. kathy e. / Dec 20 2011

    my love extends to your entire family. matthew was a wonderful man. i have many fond memories of him. i am thankful for the hope of heaven. i know without a doubt where matthew is residing.

  19. Ellen Bowman / Dec 20 2011

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute.

  20. Dana Payne / Dec 20 2011

    I am so sorry. My prayers go out to Matt’s family. Matt was a great person and made impressions upon everyone he came in contact with.

  21. Penny Blosser / Dec 20 2011

    I am so sorry to hear this news. It is tough to lose someone this young. We prayed for him from the beginning and will continue to pray for the family.

  22. patience / Dec 20 2011

    rest in eternal peace and happiness my friend. you are already deeply missed!!

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