Obituaries

Matthew Richard Gillett

May 30, 1991 - September 5, 2020

Matthew Richard Gillett

Obituary

Matthew Richard Gillett, 29, of Caledonia, IL died peacefully at home, September 5, 2020 in Caledonia. He was born May 30, 1991, in Rockford, IL, son to Michael and Penny (Haithcock) Gillett. He graduated from Belvidere North High School and attended Rock Valley College in Rockford. Matthew worked for Acme Grinding Company as a machinist. He loved gaming, fishing and hunting. He also loved guitar and music. He was a true sweetheart and loved his family dearly. He never left his family gatherings without giving them a kiss goodbye and saying I love you.

Matthew is loved and will be missed by his parents, Michael and Penny; sister, Amanda;  grandmother, Darlene Gillett; girlfriend, Kaitlin Stern; special friends, Richard and Joey; aunts, Paula (Mitch Melms) Gillett, Lori (Doug) Williams; and Mellione ( Mike) Kincaid;  numerous great aunts, great uncles, and cousins; and many other friends.

 He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Gordon Gillett; and grandparents, Joe and Ann McCain.

A walk through visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008. Only 50 people at a time will be allowed in the building during the visitation. Due to state guidelines, masks and social distancing are encouraged. Funeral service and burial will be private. Deacon Olson will officiate. Private burial at Highland Garden of Memories. Memorials in Matthew’s honor can be made out to the family to be established at a later date. To write a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

A walk through visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, September 10, 2020, at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave. Belvidere, IL 61008. Only 50 people at a time will be allowed in the building during the visitation. Due to state guidelines, masks and social distancing are encouraged.

Funeral service and burial will be private. Deacon Olson will officiate. Private burial at Highland Garden of Memories.

Highland Garden of Memories

Private burial at Highland Garden of Memories.

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Mike, Penny, Amanda and family, I am so very sorry for your loss . Matt was always a great kid to babysit when he was a kid, and great as a young man helping me several times shovel my car out of snow mounds , or just talking with when he’d bring the dog out . My prayers are you and your family .

Amanda Hoopengarner-Bragg 2020-09-11T15:04:12

Penny, Mike, & Amanda – words cannot express my sympathy. Matt was such a huge part of my and Nathen’s life that my gratitude for his kindness is endless. ❤️ His smile would brighten anyone’s mood. Love you guys so much. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Katie Humphrey-Scherbarth 2020-09-10T15:49:51

My heartfelt condolences to your family. I am friends with Kaitlin and from what she had told me and by the pictures Mat was gentle and caring. His smile seemed contagious. I smile at some of the pictures and shed a few tears at a life gone too soon. May Matt rest in peace and fly high. He is free!

Tammy Lannoye 2020-09-10T12:06:19

To the Gillette family, and all who knew and loved him, I am so sorry for our loss. Matt was everything you expect a man to grow to be. Kind, caring, tough, a true gentleman. An amazing friend. An old soul. He was a listener, a co-conspirator and some of the best laughs I’ve ever had. I will miss him and his heart forever and keep him with me in my heart. I’ll pray for us all in hope we find peace in this world without him.

Kerri Ciancio 2020-09-09T22:10:09

Mike & Penny my thoughts and prayers goes out to you and your family, if there is anything I can do please feel free to call me 1-815-391-3550 at any hour, I’m so sorry.

Gordon Nygren 2020-09-09T22:07:52

Penny, Mike and Amanda, I am so very sorry for your loss. I only met Matt a couple of times and he was a very nice and polite young man. I could tell that he was a very sweet, kind and caring person. His mom spoke of him often at work so i felt like i knew him. I cannot imagine the heart break and sadness. Sending you healing thoughts and hugs at this difficult time. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Michelle Hubbs 2020-09-09T18:38:03

Penny and Mike – I am so so sorry for your loss. He was always so nice and friendly and I can’t even imagine the sadness. Sending you tons of hugs and love to you both and the whole family. Please give tight hugs to the best hugger Amanda! XOXOXOXO

Jennifer Rochocki 2020-09-09T14:27:58

Penny: So very sorry for you and your family’s loss. I can not even imagine what your feeling or what to say. Your son was such a sweetheart and so good to his family. Definitely heaven bound. Sending love and hugs your way.

Joan Barucca 2020-09-09T13:11:24

No words can say how heartbroken I am for your dear family. Matt is one of my best friends and forever will be ,he’s the light in my day and his smile is the thing that keeps you feeling safe. He has an amazing knack of caring for those he loves. He will always and for ever be my Shrek. My partner in crime lol my best friend,I love you Shreky,,,Love Your Donkey 💔💜

Chris Sturm 2020-09-09T09:29:10

“Just heard the sad news! Mike ,Penny, and Amanda, & Family so sorry for your loss! If there any thing we can do Please let us know
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Wanda Schmuggerow 2020-09-09T09:28:59

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