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Mathias Jessup Bartels

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mathias Jessup Bartels, 16, died unexpectedly at his family’s home on Thomas Street in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2004.

Mathias was born June 5, 1987 in Munich Bavaria, Germany, son of Elizabeth Heekin and Thomas H. Bartels.

Despite all of his achievements as an exemplary scholar, athlete and citizen, Mathias knew what is truly important - being a loving son, brother and friend. He brought the greatest joy to all those who knew him. Kind, wise, honest, strong, funny and brave, Mathias is an inspiration to the world.

Mathias attended Williamstown Elementary School where he received the Helen Renzi Citizenship Award.

At Mt. Greylock, he was at the top of his class; a National Merit Scholar Finalist for the 2005 program; a member of the honor roll each semester from 1999 to present.

Mathias’ coaches and teammates consider him one of the most dedicated and disciplined athletes at Mt. Greylock. Mathias received an individual first place at the 2003 Stowe Derby. He was a member of the 2004 Massachusetts Nordic State Ski Team and was a 2004 varsity soccer captain.

He participated in many student organizations and volunteer causes, including those at St. Patrick’s Church.

He is survived by his parents, by his two brothers, Philip of Williamstown and David of Princeton, N.J., both of whom graduated from Mt. Greylock; and by his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James R. Heekin of Williamstown. He is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be a memorial service at St. Patrick’s Church in Williamstown for Mathias on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. Following the memorial service, the family would welcome everyone to the Williams Inn for a time of informal remembrance and fellowship. Burial will take place on Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. in the South Williamstown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be sent in Mathias’ name to the GAP Fund, P.O. Box 615, Williamstown MA 01267, or to St. Patrick’s Church, Williamstown (for weekend meals on wheels) through the office of the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring St., Williamstown MA 01267.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 2, 2004
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