Matt’s Story

Site created on January 11, 2019

On Monday January 7th, Matt went to United Hosptial with the impression that something was not right with his epilepsy medications. His life with epilepsy has brought many ups and downs, but we were definitely not prepared to hear that his symptoms had nothing to do with his epilepsy. Rather, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Tuesday involved more tests, which indicated that Matt’s tumor was about two inches and was located within the brain. Wednesday, Matt had brain surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible. We are so incredibly lucky that his neurosurgeon was one of the best in the world. We are so lucky to be surrounded by an awesome care team. He made it through the surgery and was informed that the mass would be sent to have a biopsy done. For the past two days, Matt has been on the mend. He’s been joking around when he can (a good sign that he’s staying strong!) and has been fighting to stay positive, as we are not sure what the road ahead will bring. We have been surrounded by amazing people that love Matt! Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. We will keep this updated as much as possible. 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Ellen Brokl

With great sadness, we had to say goodbye to Matt on February 2nd 2020 after his year long battle with brain cancer. He was a wonderful father, husband, son, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by many. For full obituary please see Star Tribune and Pioneer Press on February 5th. 
Visitstion will be held this Friday, February 7th from 4pm to 8pm at Klecatsky and Sons located at 1580 Century Point, Eagan, MN 55121. Please see for more information. 
There will be a short visitation followed by the funeral this coming Saturday, February 8th. This visitation will begin at 12:00. The funeral will follow at 1pm. This will be held at Easter Lutheran Church (on the Hill). The address is 4200 pilot knob road, Eagan 55122. 
Thank you all for your love, kindness, and ongoing support. 
Andrea, Ellen, Grant 
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