Matthew Wolf

Matthew Allen Wolf

Thursday, February 18th, 1988 - Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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"To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever." — Dumbledore
Our big brother, Matthew Allen Wolf, was given the gift of life on February 18, 1988. On March 19, he exchanged it for eternal life following an intense battle with cancer.
Matthew was born in Rockville, Maryland, where two (kind of three) of us played with our mama on a swing set, watched Barney in our cool Ninja Turtle Chairs, and baked bread with our daddy. We all agree, however, that Matthew really grew up in Westminster, Maryland, where we added a fourth sibling and spent many more happy years playing on a new swing set, kicking a soccer ball, and enjoying our mama’s peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwiches.
Matthew graduated from Winters Mill High School in 2006, where he played varsity soccer. Following high school, he served in the Army National Guard (2006-2012) and attended the University of Maryland and Stevenson University. He was proud to work at our uncle’s store (Good Earth).
In 2014, Matthew packed up (most of) his belongings and moved to Breckinridge, Colorado, to pursue his life-long dream of working in medicine. While there, he worked as a manager at Patagonia. He then achieved his EMT certification and proudly worked at St Anthony Summit Medical Center as an ER Technician. When not working, Matthew adored being outdoors, hiking, and shredding the gnar (aka skiing). He had a clear love for his mountain and all the snow it could offer.
In no particular order, Matthew loved: his little sister, Harry Potter, science, medicine, arguing politics with dad, cooking, camping, sitting by a fire, climbing, inappropriate jokes, sleeping in maddingly late on Christmas morning when there were presents to open, reading, a good drink, the color orange, good music (whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there), taking adventures, and our mama’s cookies. A random sampling of highlights include: being present when dad was told that Dumbledore dies before dad read the book, meeting Ben Carson, winning state-level Geography Bee honors from fifth to seventh grade, and placing in a county fair with a delicious cinnamon bread recipe as a four year old. He may have also liked his brothers, too.
Most importantly, Matthew had a huge heart. He is the embodiment of what a big brother is supposed to be: protective, loving, confident, compassionate, intelligent, and fiercely loyal to everyone he loved. Matthew always chose to live life. He was, quite frankly, the coolest of the four of us. We want the world to know how absolutely and whole-heartedly proud we are to know and love him.
Matthew is survived by his family: Mark and Beth Wolf, Theresa, Patrick, Rosealie and James Kniesler, Brendan Wolf, Nicholas Wolf, Angela DeStefano, his grandmothers, a myriad of aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as all our extended family. We know Matthew considered his friends and co-workers as family; please know that we consider anyone who loved him as our family, too. We feel your love and hope you can feel ours in return.
A funeral mass and burial are set for 11 am on April 7, 2020. Due to restrictions concerning the COVID-19 virus, we regret these services will be private, but live streaming is available on Please join us in spirit by toasting Matthew with a peanut butter and chocolate chip sandwich on this date.
Once restrictions are lifted, a memorial mass and celebration of Matthew’s life will be held in both Maryland and Colorado. Details will follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to support the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center Scholarship Program at the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation in Frisco, CO. To donate online: For questions, please contact foundation officer, Candy Elkind, at
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    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 11:00am
    Burrier-Queen Funeral Home & Crematory, PA
    1212 W. Old Liberty Road
    SYKESVILLE, MD 21784
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    Services are PRIVATE Matthew Wolf LIVE STREAM FUNERAL AT 11:00 AM today 4/7/2020
  • Interment

    Meadow Branch Cemetery
    821 Old Taney Town Road
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    PRIVATE Matthew Wolf LIVE STREAM FUNERAL AT 11:00 AM today 4/7/2020


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Region 15 District 6 Friends and Family

Posted at 10:21am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Posted at 03:19pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Corrie Burr

Posted at 12:00am
What a wonderful human being; I absolutely adored his smile! It Is so hard to let go, but so thankful I was honored to know Matt.

T A Sands

Posted at 02:42pm
I did not know your brother but I have been very moved by the beautiful memories that you wrote of Matthew in his obituary. It is very obvious that Matthew was very much loved by his family. My deepest sympathies at such a tremendous loss to your family. Praying for all of you during this difficult time. T.A. Sands

Judie Kapraun

Posted at 02:18pm
I did not know Matthew, but after reading his obituary I wish I had. This is the most heartfelt, thoughtful, truthful and uplifting tribute I have ever seen. He was truly an amazing person and obviously loved by so many. I hope you find comfort in your memories and peace in your faith and family love.

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