Matthew Adam Friedman

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December 6, 1975 - July 9, 2021
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Matthew Adam Friedman, of Saint Charles, MO, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021, at the age of 45. Beloved son of Lou Jane and the late Dale E. Moore and birth parents, Paulette and the late Seymore Friedman; dear brother of Debra (Bob) McCormack, Julaine (Tom) Murphy, Lori Denise Smelik, Marla Friedman and Danny Friedman; and was also a beloved uncle and great uncle. Matthew is also preceded in death by his sister, Lori Sue Moore.

We think God broke the mold when Matt was born on December 6, 1975. He was truly someone special (and cute as a button). Matt warmed the hearts of many with his happy disposition and undeniable charm.

When Matt was 3 he declared that he wanted to be a “McDonald Man.” He achieved that goal and worked for McDonalds for 17 years. He was very proud of his job and loved going to work.

When Matt was 6, his parents purchased and operated Empire Resort in Camdenton. Matt considered himself social director of all resort activities including swimming, boating, pool tournaments, and the game room.

Matt loved attending church, going to music shows (Main Street Music Hall was his favorite), visiting Six flags and Silver Dollar City, and traveling in the RV, especially to Jellystone Park where he could see Yogi and play candy bar bingo.

He also loved birthdays and holidays and would plan for them all year. Above all else Matt loved his family and friends and because he never met a stranger, he had many friends.
Matt lived well and loved well. He had the biggest smile and the best hugs. He found the good in everything and everyone and was an inspiration to all.

He was a wonderful son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and great-uncle. He was incredibly proud of his nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Matt will be terribly missed, but he’s high-fiving the angels and catching up on hugs with Dad, sister Lori Sue, Teddy, and others who’ve been home waiting for him.

Memorials may be made in Matthew's name to Willows Way, 800 Friedens Road Suite 100 St. Charles, MO 63303 or Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Road, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368.

Baue Funeral Homes is currently following CDC recommendations regarding mask and social distancing policies.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Liz Soldwish-Zoole RN July 14, 2021 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    candle 8I will miss Matt very much – he was a pleasure to work with!
    May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

  2. Kelvin Onyango July 14, 2021 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    candle 7I’ll miss you forever buddy, your memories will live with us forever Matty🕊

  3. Johanna Elkana July 15, 2021 at 9:32 am - Reply

    candle 8Matt’s smile could brighten the darkest day. I’m so glad I got to know him. May his memory be a blessing, always.

  4. Carolyn KenneyRN July 15, 2021 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed working with Matt during the years he lived at the Lake of the Ozarks. He was a remarkable young man who touched many lives. His loving heart and friendly smile will live on in our memories.

  5. Main Street Music Hall July 15, 2021 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    The cast of Main Street Music Hall was saddened by the news of their number 1 fans passing. Matt was a fixture on the front row for many years on Friday or Saturday nights. We will miss him as I’m sure many will. Rest In Peace Buddy and we love ya!!

  6. Tracy Smelik Celeslie July 15, 2021 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    candle 1Matt will live in our hearts forever. His smile was always present and his warmth and enthusiasm for life could be felt a mile way. What an awesome brother he was. He took such good care of our sister Lori. I will always treasure the memories of our fun times at Six Flags, riding the Batman ride and seeing Yogi and putting him to bed at the RV park and all the other wonderful times we have enjoyed. Miss you terribly

  7. Marti Corbett July 15, 2021 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    candle 5I have so many wonderful memories of Matt from his years at Camdenton High School. He was truly a gem!

  8. Rhonda Shepherd July 15, 2021 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    candle 4Matt you will be truly missed 😢

  9. Cynthia July 16, 2021 at 4:38 am - Reply

    candle 5Memories of his warmth from McDonald’s to People’s First, when he moved to St Louis I even cried. I can imagine him greeting people entering Heaven.

  10. Melissa Lai July 16, 2021 at 6:53 am - Reply

    You where kind friendly worker who could light up the room thanks for making my McDonald experience so great they need friendly worker like you may you be happy in your new home fly high happy angel with wings my heart is so full of sadness for your family!!!

  11. Shaunte Harris July 16, 2021 at 10:42 am - Reply

    candle 4I’m going to miss Matt so much! He was more than a client, he was a dear friend. He always asked about my grandbabies and my better half. Although when I first started working at Willows Way and cane into his home I was his future wife. We watched his favorite TV programs every day sane routine! I’ll miss his hugs and his famous “Oh Yeah baby”!
    Love you Matt there was no one in this world like you 💔!

  12. Kay Pirch July 16, 2021 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Matt was a wonderful student at Camdenton! He had the most beautiful smile, and such a caring soul! I got many hugs from this amazing guy! He had a gift of love! God bless his family, and all who loved him!❤️🙏🏻

  13. Jamie Webster July 16, 2021 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    candle 2Both sadness and gladness fill my heart to hear of Matt’s passing. There is gladness because he is most certainly loving on the angels and his family in Heaven and in the presence of the Lord! But, of course, it is hard to let go of the hand of an angel, because that is who and what he most surely was! Gentleness and loving kindness were his trademarks, but I also remember that fun loving, outgoing, sometimes even a little flirty, always respectful, teenager! Always a joy to be around! He left a mark on our community, for sure! My love and prayers for his family, especially thinking of his mom and sister, Lori Denise!

  14. Jan Berry July 16, 2021 at 10:28 pm - Reply

    Such a happy guy! I knew himwhen I read him stories in the Elementary Library and years and years later. He will be missed!

  15. Pat Luther July 17, 2021 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Matt was one of the Luther family’s ambassador employees at McDonald’s. We all have fond memories of the years Matt worked at McDonald’s. He always greeted me with a hello without even looking at me because he recognized my voice and perfume. Todd always took pizza to Matt’s and watched wrestling with him and even took him to St Louis for a match. Christmas McDonald bowling parties were Matt’s favorite. He loved bowling and always was one of the last to leave. Customers and employees were all his friends and loved Matt, his awesome smile and sweet personality! I know everyone who knew him will miss and were truly lucky to have Matt in their life! We love you Matt.

  16. Dave Tyler July 18, 2021 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Matt was a blessing in my life and to anyone who was fortunate to have known him. It was a privilege and honor to be one of Matt’s teachers at Camdenton. I have so many fond memories of Matt. He was an exceptional role model with many outstanding qualities including tenacity, kindness and a great sense of humor. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  17. Dee Lewitt July 18, 2021 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    candle 1So nice to have known Matt. He always had an inviting smile. I was lucky to have met him and enjoyed his positivity. I am certain he touched many people’s heart. I will miss you in the crowd of get togethers.

  18. Camille Meriwether July 18, 2021 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    candle 3Matt Matt was one of kind so grateful, loving, kind,greetings always made my day, he was always pleasure to be around. Matt you will be missed dearly.

  19. Mary Kay Roofener July 19, 2021 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about Matt’s passing. I too had the pleasure of working with Matt at Camdenton. Some of my favorite memories were class trips to HaHaTonka State Park and St. Louis to see the arch. I also looked forward to seeing Matt when he worked at McDonalds. He had a fantastic memory and loved people. He was always upbeat and a joy to be with.
    My sincere condolences to his family.

  20. Tina Henderson July 20, 2021 at 10:18 am - Reply

    candle 3We will miss dear Matt, he was such a wonderful friend with the best smile and hugs the minute you saw him. I will cherish all the times we were with Matt and especially the time we went disco dancing at Boogie Nights, he had the best moves ever. My deepest condolences to his amazing family, with love and prayers. Rest In Peace dear Matt. ❤️🙏🏻

  21. Linda B.Moore July 20, 2021 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    To know Matt,was to love him.He always had a big smile and those tight hugs.When we traveled to visit them we always brought a box of boudin from Louisiana and Matt would always look forward to that.He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved him.Matt will live in my heart forever.Love Aunt Linda

  22. Trusten Williams August 4, 2021 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Matt was the best! Thankful to have been his friend.

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