MATTHEW N. PIERCE, 27 ROCKFORD - Matthew N. Pierce, 27, of Rockford died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, after a sudden illness. He was born July 4, 1985, son of Larry and Betsy Pierce. He lived his entire life in Rockford. He attended Barbara Olson Center of Hope for six years. He was a member of St. James Church and the Rockford Red Hot's Special Olympics. Matt loved sports and movies and he especially loved his nephews, Zachary and Jacob. He graduated from Page Park School. Survivors include mother, Betsy; brother, Christopher (Melissa); maternal grandmother, Joanne Catron; aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by father; sister, Gretchen; paternal grandparents, Larry and Ronnie Shauger; and maternal grandfather, Bud Catron. Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. James Church, with Father Dean Russell officiating. Interment after mass will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home, with a rosary recited at 6 p.m. Arrangements are with Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 707 Marchesano Drive. To share condolences, please visit www.gasparinioliverifuneral.net.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2012