- 16 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 17, 1999
- Place of birth:
Portland, Oregon, United States
- Date of passing: Mar 4, 2016
- Place of passing:
Molalla, Oregon, United States
In Memory of Matthew Kutnerian Albrecht 06/17/1999 - 3/04/2016
This memorial website was created in honor of the many people whose lives Matthew touched while he was with us for an albeit short time. So many stories to share, so many memories, so many laughs - Please use this website to bring us all together to heal as best we can in our time of grief.
God Bless and Love to each and every one of you!
Background Music: See You Again by Charlie Puth
"Matthew always had a spot in my heart, one place just for him. That place is not empty, it is glowing because of how much life he had in him, and how happy he must be looking down on all of us joining together and laughing at the good times on his Golden birthday. When I was attending school with him, I always thought about how any one of my fellow friends could be taken at any moment.. and I imagined how much hurt I would feel the moment I knew they passed. When Matthew was taken from this earth, the pain was so severe, I could not breathe, I cried for days, I never imagined It would hurt that much. There isn't a day where I don't think about that amazing young man, he affected everyone around him in the most amazing ways. He was committed, true, loyal, respectful, considerate, and he was a hero. I can't wait to join Matthew in Heaven and celebrate together for eternity. God gave us this gift, showed us the good in people, and how one person could impact others life so much. I love you, Matthew, there won't be a day I forget your name, there won't be a year I forget your birthday, and there won't be a lifetime I forget how much you impacted my life growing up."
"Our darling, funny, handsome Matthew.. I know you're celebrating your 17th Birthday in Heaven with Taco Bell right now!!! It seems so unbelievable that you are truly not present in our lives.But always present in our hearts, with beautiful memories with cousins in Fresno. We will always treasure that amazing spirit of yours and Never forget your smile and loud funny sense of humor. We will of course hang out again in Heaven some day, oh what fun that will surely be. You are LOVED so much by many special people. The stories shared at your service, on this site and so many other places are a true testament of how very special of a young man you truly were. We will carry on just like the song says until we see you again, hanging tight to the touching memories we created with you. Matthew your Fresno Family loves and misses you... and Karyn and Amy, Fresno is home for you anytime!!
Sending you California LOVE and HUGS!"
"Happy Birthday Matthew, I know you are in heaven celebrating loud and proud to be an American! We miss you dearly and honor today of what an amazing young man you were and how you touched our family, the friendship and love you shared with Alex & Austin will always be cherished, and the impression you left of us as parents will never be forgotten. I have posted new photos here today, oh, how you touched our hearts! You will forever be a part of us. Celebrate in heaven, your rainbow is never far away."
"Matthew - when I felt you flutter for the very first time that cold January morning in 1999, I laid my hands on my swollen belly and I promised you that I would protect you from harm and love you unconditionally until I drew my last breath.
I never considered for a moment that you would take your last breath before I did - and I suspect it is you now that will be protecting me and Amy from harm.
You loved those you cared about generously, completely, unfailingly. As a son, a mother couldn't have been more proud of the fine young man you had become than I am of you - and I couldn't have asked for, nor wished for, a better relationship in my life than the one we shared. We had it all, you and I, and while I can't imagine living any one of my remaining days on this planet without you, that is exactly what God has tasked me to do. How I will do this is beyond comprehension.
I love you more than life itself Matthew, and I miss tremendously everything about you, every second of every day - your thunderous footsteps around the house, your loud voice, your laughter, your smile, your endless jokes/joking around, your amazing accents (Scottish was my favorite!), your height, your intelligence, your compassion, your understanding, and the incredible depth of your unconditional love. You simply were a truly amazing human being, impacting and touching more people's lives in your seventeen years than most people do in their entire lifetime.
I was truly blessed to be a part of the gift that you were to the world in the all too short time you were here - and I love you to "twaka" infinity and beyond.
With all the love a mother could possibly give, Mom"
"I only met Matthew once but he struck me as a cool layed back human, and he loved Heavy Metal. So he quickly gained my respect and made me feel that a younger person had good taste. I have experienced a lot of loss it is difficult when someone close to you leaves the earth and I wish the best for the Karyn and her family."
"We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Matthew. He sounds like an amazing young man. You must have been so proud of him. Our heartfelt sympathy and love to you. You are in our prayers and we pray God's peace to comfort you."
"My deepest sympathy to you, Karyn and your family, in your terrible loss. Losing a child is the greatest pain one can endure. We all send our love, Marilyn"
"I wish to extend my deepest sympathy the Albrecht family.May God Bless Matthew........ RIP and SEMPER FIDELIS.
Cpl.Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMCR 1964/70"
"It has been a little over a month, and my heart hurts so much for your family- and for Matt for not being here to enjoy life. What little time Matt did get to spend with our family, it will never be forgotten. He was a magical kid, and my boys adored him. We all did. I am here if you ever need anything. I cannot even imagine what you must be going through... As the mother of 4 boys I pray for safety & happiness more than ever now."
"To the family and friends of Matthew, I share my condolences. The story that Matthew's mother shared is an incredible one - full of love, laughter, strength, survival and sacrifice. Matthew's life may have been brief on this earth, but from all of the tributes, memories and pictures, he certainly left behind a story to tell. Matthew's life echoes what the Bible says at Ecclesiates 7:1, 2 - "A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death is better than the day of birth. Better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting, for that is the end of every man, and the living should take it to heart." When Matthew was born, he was simply know as Matthew, a new born baby. But when he left this world, he made a good name for himself and will be remembered as so much more. May God bring you comfort during this time of loss knowing that the time will come when you will see Matthew again. (John 5:28, 29)"
"I'm sorry for your loss. It's always hard to lose those that are close to you. Especially when they are young. Matt seemed like a sweet young man. But the Bible assures us that we'll see those that we've lost alive and well. That promice is found at John 5:28,29 where it says "the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life..." We all can look forward to a time when we can see our loves ones again. Please let these words find you well and bring you peace in this time of need."
"Im sorry family."
"Matthew was really kind and nice. He was a great gymnastics teacher. He always called me Watermellon and himself Capt. America. He always made everything so fun and silly. I will miss him."
"The first time I met Matthew was at frog camp with LeAnn Savage when we were 11 or 12. I was helping her Matthew and some others I don't remember help Bunny keep track of all the little kids who were part of the camp. Matthew and I became great friends after frog camp, we talked almost everyday finding someway to make each other smile no matter how terrible our days had been. We even "hid" the fact we were dating from Karyn because she said he couldn't date until he was 16, but he thought that was dumb so he asked me to be his girlfriend anyways. He would take and write all the lyrics to a song he heard that he liked. The most memorable one was treasure by Bruno Mars, the text came in as about 10 different messages in random order and when I told him I couldnt understand he emailed it to me instead of text. Haha.. Soon into dating we realized we were better off friends, so we broke up but we didn't stop talking. Anytime Matthew would text me, snapchat me or just talk to me in general, when he had to go or I had to go, he always said "love ya" never once did he stop saying that to me. No matter how long it had been since he and I last talked, not after we broke up or if we were mad at each other, he always said he loved me and I always said it back. He was one of my only friends, and I still can't wrap my mind around what happened. He'll be forever loved, and missed."
"Condolences from Alice Lazarian and Family in Vancouver BC"
"WILL FOREVER BE IN YOUR HEART"
"Dear Kegham and Kutnerian family.
Losing a child/grandchild has been for all epochs and cultures,
one, if not the most difficult responsibility to carry as a parent/grandparent.
Words are surely not enough to provide solace.
Please rest assured that through this note of mine,
each member of St Gregory Armenian Church is also lighting a candle and laying a flower.
May the combined notes/prayers/flowers and candles of all the above and below be a testament that in the most difficult of times -when answers are inadequate and even the voice of the Divine appears incomprehensibly silent- we are with you, He is with us, and we will be with Matthew once again.
In deep sorrow,
V.Rev. Fr. Hrant Tahanian
(John 11:21, 34-35, 25)
“Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’
‘Where have you laid him?’ he asked. ‘Come and see, Lord,’ they replied.
‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die’”"
"I will forever miss you Matthew. You were my best friend, and part of my family. I will hold you forever in my heart. I have had fun with our trips to Lummi Island and our fishing expeditions."
"I remember Matthew always being interested in what was going on with me, during AG he always came up to me when I entered the room and sat next to me and just said, "Rachel, hows it goin?". He was that kid who never wanted to see pain in anyone! He'd usually take my phone and do silly little things, post on my social media and blow up my phone gallery with nothing but attractive selfies. I very much enjoyed that. One of Matthews best features were his hugs. I love that kid."
"Matthew, I started out freshman year with no friends, nobody to tall to, and nobody to hangout with. But then the second day of school, you talked to me in sixth period. From then on we became great friends and Mr brown pretty much hated us in sixth period. we have stuck by eachother throughout our years in highschool and I'm thankful for every joke you've told me, every laugh, and every single great memory you have given me. You will always be in my heart and thoughts. And will be dearly missed. I love you. Fly free. R.I.P."
"Matthew I remember when you first walked through those high school doors and how amazing I was to meet you. You were so full of life and was always smiling. I was so lucky to have you in my life you changed and impacted me for the better. You will forever be missed and I will never forget you. I love you Matthew! Forever an always"
"Matthew was the type of person who could bring people together. In the morning I would always sit at the same lunch table as him and it was insane how many people, who otherwise probably wouldn't have spoken to each other, gathered there. It was as if people felt so comfortable around him that, when he was there, they could be comfortable around anybody. It takes a pretty amazing person to be able to do that. I will miss that crazy Seahawks fan. (9ers forever the rivalry remains alive)."
"Matthew, I met you on your first day of life. Your mother held you with such awe and pride. That awe and pride stayed with her for your life, which was too brief. I have memories of you running around your farm, and playing on your play structure. I watched you grow into such an energetic and caring young man, one that I wished I knew better. I know that you were passionate about your sports, and in many areas of your life. Your passion will live on in those who knew you. Our hearts are grieving so deeply. I love your mother dearly, and we will watch over her, as will you, I am sure."
"Matthew, I could write a novel about you. Your crazy laugh, crazy jokes, and your crazy personality. You were my best friend for the longest time, and while I regret not spending as much time with you in high school, I'm glad we reconnected. We were the friends that just picked up right where we left off, like nothing had changed and we were back at Bethany, cracking jokes and being best friends. You will be missed forever. With a caring heart, a brilliant mind, and a fun soul, you touched everyone you ever met. They knew you were special, that you were going to do something great one day. I just regret that I couldn't see what it was going to be. Because it would've been great, Matt. So keep singing your songs you loved to sing, keep speaking in your absurdly loud voice, and most of all, entertain God up there, because I know you could. I love and miss you, Matt."
"I remember when me and Matthew had gone to see Mocking Jay part 2 and after we watched the movie and were walking out of the theatre someone took Matt's hat. We were both expecting it to be a buddy of his, but it was his mom Karyn accompanied by Amy. He was so mad but I thought it was the funniest thing ever!
Then there was when I took him to youth group a couple time and before we would go he'd hang out at my house. One day it was Matthew, Alex, and I, and he was wrestling with my little brother for awhile. Afterwards Grayson was trying to punch me and Matt said hey Grayson hit me. Grayson took a cheap shot and punched Matthew where the sun don't shine! But Matthew although was hurt was a really great inside joke later on xD
I will definitely miss Matthew, and he is someone I looked up to as a brother. He is apart of my family and we all love him.
Karyn I can only imagine what you and the rest of the family are going through... Just know I'm here for you like Matthew was always there for me :)
Jillian Marie Bliss"
"Matthew was a neat young man - Chaz wrestled and played football with him for many years. Whenever he saw me, Matthew always either waved to acknowledge me or came over to strike up a conversation in person. He was always very respectful and nice. As an adult, kids like Matthew give me hope for our future - kids raised to be kind, respectful and helpful to others is exactly this world needs. Many are hurting from this loss, but I hope Matthew's memories will inspire others to live their lives deliberately - to share a smile, to be kind to someone who's having a bad day, and to care about others just as Matthew did. You may never know what kind of an impact that will have, but as we can see from the many memories on this page, those kind acts from Matthew made a difference in many lives."
"I didn't know Matthew well but he echoed the passion for life his mother always displays. He will always be smiling in your hearts Karyn & Amy. God bless you both!"
"Matthew. Man when I first met you, I thought you were the most annoying person I have ever met in all my years of moving. I thought to myself, "Why is this kid so crazy?! How could one person hold all this energy inside them all the time!!" Turns out it was just you being you. Matt, while you were annoying most (if not all) the time, you were always making me, and others around me laugh our butts off! You were such a positive person no matter what you were going through. I remember our math study group the summer before freshmen year and boy was that a waste of time. We would always get distracted and talk about other things like basketball and then we got kicked out of the library because heavens forbid you would not shut up!! But I am glad we wasted our time away because those were some of the best memories I had of you. We would always play street ball at Bethany during our three (yes three people) recesses we had. It was the most fun to guard you because you challenged me as a player and you trashed talked all the time! But you would always shake hands with me at the end and say good game no matter if you won, lost or there wasn't a score at all. Matt I hope you saw me on Monday with the rest of our old crew. It was like the ild days playing ball, laughing, and being really stupid. You would have loved to have raced against Dakota, Logan, Cheyenne, and Matt S. down the street to Rite Aid. You would have loved making fun of all of them with me as you were also being stupid. It's weird seeing your desk in math empty, your seat in Spanish bare, and not hearing Perttu in Chem tell you to sit down. Your freedom drawing sits above us in Chem watching over us as we blow shit up without you. Mr. Albright doesn't know who to pick for skits anymore. Mrs. Bashor loves you. But I know you already know all these things because both you and Mr. Bonham can see all of us. Matt I hope your glad I was a (very) amateur videographer back in the 8th grade and filmed everything because I got you on some pretty funny stuff. No matter what I say in the letter, I know that I could never explain how awesome and amazing and inspiring you were to me, and other people around me. To quote The Help "You is KIND. You is SMART. You is IMPORTANT." I think that quote was made for you Matthew. I will miss and remember you always and forever. With a lot of love and a very teary face."
Your light will be shining through your everlasting memories. My favorite memory was riding horses on the beach with your family. You rode Hope and you made me laugh ALOT. The conversations with Hope were priceless. The best is the connection you had with her. She truly enjoyed you and the ride. You matched so well because you both had loving hearts and great personalities. Please give her a hug and ride her again. For she is with you in heaven. You will be missed! But we will see you again. Amen!"
"Karyn - I remember one night watching the stars with you, and seeing a shooting star. You talked about a shooting star always reminding you of your mom. When I saw the photo of the Perseids you posted, it reminded me of that night. I found this quote, and it seemed so appropriate for Matthews - our own shooting star - burning so brightly and gone too soon.
“A shooting star, for me, acts as a reminder of the greatness we have yet to know and the vastness we have yet to discover. When I think of a shooting star, I think of Heaven, spirituality, God. I think of the people that have come and gone and the love and light they left behind. Sometimes, I think a shooting star may just be their way of saying: “I’m still here, I’m thinking of you, I love you and am waiting up here for you”"
"Our sweet Matthew!!! You'll never be forgotten. We'll treasure the beautiful family memories together, your Taco Bell addiction, the love for your Armenian heritage and family! Words can't describe the unbelievable pain and shock. But I know you're in a beautiful place with love all around! I love you Matthew! Your family in Fresno will always have special memories of you! Karyn and Amy pls know you always have a place in our home."
"Dear Matthew Albrecht,
I never wanted to write this letter. I’m struggling to process the empty front row seat that has stared me in the face this week during 6th period (we decided to leave it open for you, so nobody will take your spot). I will miss your contagious smile—it made me grin even when you said the strangest things, which you did often. I will miss you randomly shouting “‘Merica” and that ridiculous American flag and eagle shirt you adored. I will miss your honest struggles last year as a sophomore (man, you reminded me of myself). And I will miss your dedicated resolve as you raised yourself above those times in order to become one of the most dedicated English students I have ever seen. In many ways, Matt, your time with me during the last two years mirrored my early struggles and accomplishments as a student, and I am blessed to have had so many laughs with you, so many genuine moments with you, and so many shared understandings with you. You might not remember, but on the first day of class this year I had you write down what kind of person you wanted to be. You wrote that you wanted to be a person that had an impact on young people. I’m here to tell you that this goal was achieved. I have not only felt this impact myself, but I have seen the impact on countless faces this week. Thank you for blessing me with the gift of your life.
"Matthew was such a great guy, who always made me laugh just because it was my favorite thing to do. I'm glad I got the chance to know him. You sure will be missed Matt. Rest in peace Bud."
"My son was on the wrestling team with him. Matthew almost always drove him home from practice. When they finished a tournament and didn't have to make weight for a week or so, I always knew Matthew and William would be at taco bell. He was so funny and sweet and positive!"
"I personally didn't know Matthew. But my 4 year old daughter knew him for a little while as Coach Matt! She adored him! One class he complimented her on the leotard she was wearing. From that day on that was the only one she would wear. He was SO good with those little kids. It was fun watching him work with them.
As a mom I have NO idea what you are going through....all I can say is that I am SO sorry and you are in my heart. I will be praying for you ❤️
Thank you for sharing your wonderful son with us"
"I have known Matthew since 3rd grade. Freshmen year, we had math class together, and I remember him always cracking jokes. I will never forget you Matt. Whenever I see a rainbow, or a seahawks logo, I will always think of you. You were so kind, and loving, and people will always remember you for that. Rest in peace."
"Matthew was a good person full of energy and life nobody could bring him down he was always there for people and was a teal jokester he made my day by a simple high five or smile and he sure loved the seahawks we will all miss his hold spirit and positive attitude he was very enthusiastic he will be missed lots"
"Matthew was a person who always made someone smile, always filled with life, and very energetic. I walked into AG today and expected his to be there, that this had all need just a bad dream, but it wasn't, it was real. I will always remember the last time I saw you, you and Hynes-Stone had walked into class laughing about whatever you were talking about and now whenever I look at where you were sitting my eyes start to swell with tears. Your set in English will never be filled no one will touch it is now reserved for a special Matthew Albrecht."
"On behalf of Doug's family, we want to extend our deepest condolences for Matthew's loss. We know he and Doug were close.
If there's anything we can do to assist you at this time, Karyn, please don't hesitate to reach out to us."
"I will never forget my best friend Matthew, and his love for blueberries. He was there for me when ever I needed him. He was such an amazing guy. And when we talked. He would always bring up blue berries."
"Matthew, growing up with you over the years was wonderful. I have so many great memories of us riding horses, playing games and sleeping outside when I would spend a week at the farm. I'll love and miss you always."
"Matthew where do I start ... Freshman year on the bus so many memories ..the one I remember the most is when we would fight about the Seahawks and me making jokes how they were going to lose but you were always "nope you're wrong I know my Seahawks"and they won the super bowl! Gosh , it's crazy when I go back to silverton and not hear you yelling down the hall "where's my money, money , money " freshman year you where always their for guy advice and would tell me "he isn't treating you right I'd say drop him it isn't worth it " Heaven gained an Angel"
"I will never forget the first time I met you freshman year❤️ I looked forward everyday to seeing you and you saying the dumbest things that made me laugh. You being yourself was the highlight of everybody's day. I love and miss you Mathew❤️"
"God bless you."
"I will never forget my first memory of Matthew. My son, a first grader at the time, was at his first wrestling meet in Molalla. Matthew was a 5th grader at the time. He noticed Lucas was scared and nervous, so he took it upon himself to come over, make jokes with this little scared kid, and gently spar with him on the mat to make him more comfortable. At the time, they attended the same school and I always saw him being so kind to the little kids, they truly looked up to him, and for good reason! As an adult, he always addressed me as Mrs. Sperle, always excited to say hello. He was such a wonderful light in a world full of darkness, and I really just can't get over this loss. As a mother, this is the unimaginable, I pray for his mother every day."
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