Michael Edmund Matusevice March 22, 1990 – December 24, 2020
Michael E. Matusevice, 30, formerly of Waterbury, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday December 24, 2020.
Michael was born March 22, 1990 in Waterbury, the son of the late Michael C. and Michelle B. (Wagner) Matusevice. He was a 2009 graduate of Waterbury Arts Magnet School where he enjoyed learning video production, French, and art, and he earned his Associate of Science degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College because his big sister wouldn’t allow him not to. He worked for more than a decade as night crew in the food service industry at various employers as a stocker, selector, and fork lift operator. Michael also enjoyed a brief stint as an Uber driver, though he found he loved traveling to new places more than driving others around.
Michael wasn’t into sports or military history like his dad, but he learned a thing or two from his mom who worked for the City of Waterbury as a horticulturalist before she passed. And he continued to honor her by always lending a hand to help his older sister in the yard or in her garden. Michael is survived by two sisters who loved him dearly and will miss him for all their days to come. His half-sister Jennifer DeWitt and brother-in-law Damian who had the honor and sometimes challenge of finishing raising him, his sister Simone Matusevice, all of Woodbury, and all of his extended DeWitt & O’Neill family will remember Michael as kind and gentle, silly, colorful, a great hugger, always kind to creepy crawly insects, a lover of dragons & furry culture, and swimming in the ocean, whenever he could get to the shore. Michael was never married but dreamed of true love, and would often venture across state lines to meet up with an online beau or to make new friends and adventures. Michael loved to draw and always had a sketch pad nearby. He considered himself a singer and had a beautiful voice to prove it. As a child, he loved making home movies with his sister Simone and neighborhood besties Mikey & Kadeem. And as an adult, he was an avid fan of Scorsese, Darabont, and Kubrick, and he could memorize the lines of each actor and entire scenes from theirs and other movies. He enjoyed spending countless hours online watching YouTube videos of whatever topic interested him at the time. One of his brother-in-law’s favorite memories of Michael was when he taught him how to use an Arnold Schwarzenegger soundboard and they spent the rest of the night prank calling family and saying things like “Get to the chopper!” Michael was his big sister Jennifer’s first experience with babies. She will never forget holding, feeding, and changing him as an infant, taking him for the haircut that their parents never forgave her for, or watching the smile he made as he walked across the same stage for both his high school and college diplomas.
Michael’s sisters and extended family invite you to celebrate his life and share your memories of him on Tuesday, December 29th from 3:00 pm until a prayer service at 5:00 pm at Munson- Lovetere Funeral Home, 2 School St. Woodbury, CT 06798. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either National Alliance on Mental Illness at namict.networkforgood.com, United Way of Greater Waterbury, 100 North Elm Street, 2nd Floor Waterbury, CT 06702-1512., or Animal Rescue Foundation, 366 Main Street Terryville, CT 06786, ARFCT.org/donations
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