- August 5, 1990 - April 5, 2013
- Marquette, Michigan
of Monica's Passing
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“Monica was the sweetest, nicest person I have ever met. Most of the time we spent in school was just sitting around talking, but we always had the...Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Stacey Mei - Chicago, IL - Friend
“This is very sad news to find out what happened to my cousin Monica. I had never met her before, and I first connected with her last year via e-mail...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Mark Eric Camp - Logansport, IN
“Although we only met one time when you were a young child, reading these passages tells me & us all that you are beautiful, talented, & most...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Chris Matus - Inverness, IL
“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Hopefully your happy and proud memories will comfort you.
4 of 49 | Posted by: Carla Axt-Pilon - Naperville, IL
“Monica was so talented. She could draw, write, take inspiring photographs. She saw the beauty in everything. In elementary school, she always had the...Read More »
5 of 49 | Posted by: Jennifer Osagie - Chicago, IL
“I must thank Monica's parents for planning such a beautiful memorial and letting the NMU and Marquette community join them in celebrating Monica's...Read More »
6 of 49 | Posted by: Sarah Briggs - Marquette
“I also did not know Monica too personally. We were in a group together in a class a few semesters ago and she was really sweet and adorable. I always...Read More »
7 of 49 | Posted by: Rachael Raspatello - Marquette, MI
“When I think of Monica, there are a lot of memories that come to me. I see the shy smile of a beautiful, kind, unique, and talented woman. I hear her...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Brooke Backhaus - New Boston, MI
“It's hard to find enough words to describe how truly amazing Monica was. She had a way of making everything beautiful. Her artistic genius just...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Ariana Anthony - Munising, MI
“Monica was a really kind, giving person. I had the pleasure of getting to know her a bit this year. Not only as a roommate but as a classmate. I...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: McHenna - Watersmeet, MI
“I know know what to say. Back in 2010 after we broke up, we stayed in contact but I didn't want to bother her too much. We would say hi every so...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Brandon Harris - Denton, Texas
“Although I did not know Monica(my son was a friend),as a mother and a parent...I wanted to extend my deepest heartfelt prayers and condolences to...Read More »
12 of 49 | Posted by: Rhonda Barkle - Iron Mountain, MI
“I am good friends with Asa and knew Monica through him. I know that she has a major impact on his life, which was inspiring to see. I remember seeing...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Lindsey Wilkinson - CO
“Monica, you were the best thing to happen to me and you will always be in my heart and mind. You made me who I am today, and I couldn't be happier...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Asa - Marquette, MI - Best Friend
“Monica, shocked when I heard the news. I was your Beginning Drawing and Illustration prof and loved seeing the drawings you created for our...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Diana Magnuson - Marquette, MI
“About Monica, I still can't find the right words to say. Everything I come up with just feels inaccurate in comparison.
I'm so glad that we...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Ally Berry - Cheboygan, Marquette, MI
“I, too, am one of the many friends Monica made through Alkaline Trio's fan club, The Blood Pact.
We talked fairly often throughout the years and...Read More »
17 of 49 | Posted by: Emily Draeger - Minneapolis, MN
“I met Monica in 2005 through Alkaline Trio's fan club, The Blood Pact. She was always seen as the baby of the group having been by far the youngest....Read More »
18 of 49 | Posted by: Meghan Spinn - Chicago, IL
“What a sweet, and friendly young women. I was shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. I met Monica in Winter of 2011 we were in The American...Read More »
19 of 49 | Posted by: Sarah K Ylitalo
“I remember when you came into the photo lab to make a print. You were so precise and so excited about your work. It was nice to see an art student...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Lance Larson - Marquette, MI
“Monica was a sweet unique soul...too soon gone...She will be dearly missed.
21 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Campbell Gebhardt - Kuttawa, KY
“Job14: 13-15 Life- Like a mist appears for just a day, Then disappears tomorrow. All that we are can fade away. He will call, the dead will ...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Cecelia McCane - Knoxville, TN
“I met Monica is a Creative writing class at NMU in Fall of 2012. She stood out to me with her artistic yet collective presence. I made a point to sit...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Ollie Bartlett - Marquette, MI
“I did not know Monica personally but I am a student at NMU and I am sorry for your loss.
24 of 49 | Posted by: Antonisha Smith - Marquette, MI
“Although I only knew Monica as a fellow student at NMU it was a pleasure to see her smiling face and the very high level of talent this young woman...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: William Peranteau - Marquette, MI
“I have never had the pleasure of meeting Monica, however I am an online student at NMU. As a fellow student my heart is heavy and I wish to extend my...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Dianna Gill - Marine City, MI
“I knew Monica when she took CHN101 and EN311Z from me. I remember her as an excellent student. Thank you for having raised such a beautiful girl,...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Z. Z. Lehmberg - Marquette, MI
“I was fortunate enough to have met Monica briefly inside The Chicago Diner last summer on her birthday. I have known Monica since around 2005 through...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Nicholine Lee - San Francisco, CA
“Although I may have never met Monica in person I have known Monica since 2005 through the Alkaline Trio's fan club called The Blood Pact. She was the...Read More »
29 of 49 | Posted by: Amy Erives - Tucson, AZ - Friend
“What a beautiful woman we have all lost. My condolences to all her family and friends. Although I only knew her for a semester, I am racked with...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Sarah Briggs - Marquette, MI
“I did not personally know Monica but I have heard nothing but wonderful things about her. It is deeply saddening that I had to wait until something...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Ashlee - Marquette, MI
“I only knew her near 2 hours, when she helped me out with some non art related school work, once. I can clearly see her face, so flawless, and even...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Anonymous - Marquette, MI
“Monica was such a great student and a wonderful person. I'm sure she would've been a marvelous teacher. I am saddened by your loss
33 of 49 | Posted by: Mitchell Klett - Marquette, MI
“I didn't know Monica, but I'm deeply sorry for the family's loss. I'm lifting them all up in prayer. May God give them supernatural rest and peace...Read More »
34 of 49 | Posted by: Deanna Knight - Marquette, MI
“She inspired me through her art and vegan cooking. I wish I could have known her better. Rest in peace.
35 of 49 | Posted by: Nic Behnke - Laramie , WY
“I've known Monica since 2005. We were both members of Alkaline Trio's fan club called The Blood Pact. While this group was closed about 2 years ago...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Jill Carrigan - Camarillo, CA
“I met Monica my freshman year through Asa. She was so shy and quiet at first, but then I came to realize how wonderful of a person Monica was. My...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Brooke Backhaus - Marquette, MI
“My daughter Joy and I have been very blessed to have known Monica. We first met her threw my friend Michael, he was Asa’s roommate on campus and we...Read More »
38 of 49 | Posted by: Katrina Williams - Marquette, MI
“To the girl who always fascinated me: every day your surprised me. Your love and devotion for Paula Deen mini cupcake holders, your incredible style,...Read More »
39 of 49 | Posted by: Jacqui Carroll - Marquette, MI
“I met Monica my freshman year at NMU. We all lived in the same house in Payne Hall, and she lived right by the RA with Claire. My favorite memory was...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: Courtney Anderson Brown - MI
“I met Monica in 7th grade at Kenwood. We always sat at the same lunch table every day with our group of friends. I'm remembering all the times we...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Amanda Mantilla - Chicago, IL
“I have so many dear memories of Monica that I always think of and cherish. She is a dear friend and while I am so sad that we were not able to meet...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: Melissa Renee - Chicago, IL
“I met Monica at Kenwood. She was the shy, quiet type., but she was always friendly. Since then we've stayed connected through Facebook, and I've...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Shaunette Smith - Savoy, IL
“I first met Monica my Freshman year in Breakwater house. She lived in the room just down the hall from me. She was such a sweet and talented person....Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: Kayla Palmeter - Marquette, MI
“i`m so sorry for your loss,,i`mat a loss for words sis.
i`m here for you.
45 of 49 | Posted by: thomas campbell - Montgomery, IL
“Goodbye, Monica. I'm proud to have called you a friend. We had so much in common, even when we lost touch through the high school years we followed...Read More »
46 of 49 | Posted by: Megan Zapiain - Chicago, IL
“I first met Monica my first year at NMU. We were both in the same freshman art block. Both being interested in Illustration, Animation, and...Read More »
47 of 49 | Posted by: Megan Taylor Nelson - Chicago, IL
“Rudy and Terri, I am so sorry for the loss of Monica. I know she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
48 of 49 | Posted by: Mary Grachan - Crest Hill , IL
I am so very sorry for your lost, if you need anything please call
49 of 49 | Posted by: Joe campbell - west dundee, IL
Monica Anne Campbell Matus, 22, of Chicago, Illinois died unexpectedly Friday, April 5, 2013, in Marquette.
Monica was born on August 5, 1990 in Winfield, Illinois and was a 2008 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois. She had been studying art, film, creative writing, and education at Northern Michigan University since 2008.
Monica enjoyed traveling the world, even spending a summer semester studying in Japan in 2011. She loved all things Disney. She saw the artistic value of Disney and often visited Disney World.
She is survived by her parents, Rudy Matus of Batavia, IL and Theresa Campbell of Chicago, IL; her maternal grandmother, Margaret Campbell; aunts and uncles, Mary Gebhardt, Joseph Campbell, Patricia Vicars, Thomas Campbell, Robert Campbell, Gerette Pease, Teresa Camp, Steven Matus, and Christopher Matus; also numerous cousins and her significant friend, Asa Faust-Smith . She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Alfred Campbell; paternal grandparents, Rudolph J. and Mary Matus, and step-grandmother, Georgene Matus.
A celebration of Monica's life with sharing of memories, poems and songs (media: DVD –R or iPod for music) will take place on Wednesday, April 10th at 7:00 in the evening in the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home. Please come prepared to share a memory you have of Monica as well.
A sunrise flower petal ceremony will be held at the Coast Guard Lighthouse at McCarty's Cove on Thursday, April 11th at 8 a.m.
Memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com