Matthew Eric Schotte
Friday, December 9, 1966
Date of Death:
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
56 years old
Matthew Eric Schotte
Matthew Eric Schotte, 56, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past three years, formerly of Wabasha, MN, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 after a long battle of ALS. He was born December 9, 1966 and was raised in Plainview, NY.
Matthew had a strong Christian faith which is what helped him cope knowing his illness was terminal. He had a personal relationship with Jesus and believed everything happens for a reason. Matthew was willing to dedicate the remainder of his life by encouraging others. Smiling or giving a wink, he always had a positive attitude. He knew his ultimate healing would be in Heaven. He was an avid hockey fan and was proud to be one of the first season ticket holders from the inaugural season of the MN Wild. He also loved to coach and play hockey, wakeboard & waterski, enjoy sunrises with his family at the beach, drive his corvette Lucille and play poker/dice games. He loved to sing karaoke; his voice was very well known in many of the karaoke establishments and brought a smile to everyone.
Matthew was a hard working, self taught, well respected master tile setter. His company – MS Custom Tile, was highly regarded in MN.
While living on Long Island, he met the love of his life, Tara, and through their 34 years of marriage they were blessed with two beautiful children. Phillip Matthew Schotte of Cape Coral and Kaitlyn Nicole Nelson (Luke) of Rochester, MN. He is also survived by his parents, Paul and Barbara Schotte of Dover, DE; as well as siblings, Mark (Aja) of Camden, DE, Stephen (Diane) of Wading River, Margie Buck (Dan) of Chesepeake, VA, Diane Gaglio (Matt) of Pawling, NY, in-laws, Maurice and Tootie Hargens of Rochester, MN, brother in law Barry Hargens (Evelyn) of Rochester, Mn and sister in-law, Nicole Finne of Elgin, MN, along with many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service for Matthew will be held starting at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 18, 2023 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, MN. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM prior to the service, in the chapel. Please don’t feel obligated to dress up – instead wear your favorite MN Wild attire.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following organizations:
At the family’s request, you may give financially to help with funeral expenses.
The family of Matthew Eric Schotte has received the following condolences.
Tara, I was shocked when Barry Thorson told me Matt had passed. My heart goes out to you & sending thoughts & prayers to you & your family. So glad I was able to know him even though a short time. Hoping to see you again. A friend. Shar Beisell
Very sorry Tara to hear of your loss. Matt was a wonderful man, and had a wonderful singing voice. Our prayers are with you and your family, friends and loved ones.
Tara and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Thinking about you and so sorry about Matt. I always enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em with you both. He was a neat guy and you were a great looking couple. God Bless you. Marlene