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Matthew James McDonnell, age 18, of Greenville, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.  The son of Steven Wayne & Renee Heather (Parsons) McDonnell, he was born on July 13, 1999 at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California where his father served with the U.S. Navy.

Matt was completing his senior year at Greenville High School where he enjoyed both metal and wood shop classes and he aspired to a career in engineering.  He also enjoyed playing video games, frisbee golf, and worked at the Greenville West McDonald's.

His paternal grandparents, Charles & Carolyn McDonnell, and his maternal grandfather, James Parsons, preceded him in death.  Surviving are his father and step-mother, Steve & Melanie McDonnell of Greenville;  his mother and step-father, Renee & Kevin Boles of Indianapolis, Indiana;  two brothers, Mike McDonnell of Los Angeles, California, and Zack McDonnell of Greenville;  three sisters, Nicole McDonnell and Charleigh McDonnell, both of Greenville and Amanda Boles of Indianapolis;  grandparents, Sandy & Walt Thompson, Denny Seidl, and Cindy Beaufore;  many aunts and uncles;  and several cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Matt's life from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, 1320 W. Washington Street, Greenville.  Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place. 

Instead of flowers, contributions to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/donate/)  or to your favorite crisis helpline would be appreciated.   

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Matt's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.

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  1. James and Mary Boles on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    To family, our deepest sympathy…..Matthew, a young man with a promising future…..May you fly high in the loving arms of our HeavenlyFather…



  2. James and Mary boles on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  3. Lori Johnson on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  4. Your friends at SHCI on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  5. Sara luscher on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  6. Sara luscher on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all!



  7. Jenna Casey on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  8. Elizabeth Gates on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    With heavy heart, please accept my condolences for such a tremendous loss. Matt was in my English 11 class all of last year. I remember his intelligence and slight grin when he really didnGÇÖt want to laugh at my jokes. I remember his reluctant hand up when nobody else knew the answer to a question, but Matt knew. There are no words, but please know he will always be remembered by me. May God grant you peace and grace.



  9. Miki Crankshaw on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Matt at Mcdonald’s and he was very nice and very easy to work with. Love and prayers sent to you and your family in this very hard time for you



  10. Ferris Plumb on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  11. Beth DePauw on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    My deepest condolences for your loss. Praying for your family in the weeks and months ahead.



  12. Stacey Lightfoot Walker on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  13. Kathy Maguire on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    The staff at Baldwin Heights Elementary School are grieving right along with you. We remember Matt, Nicole, and Charleigh fondly. I am praying for your family and I’m so sorry for this tremendous loss!



  14. The Stanford Family on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  15. The Rickner Family on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Prayers for strength & peace for all that Loved him=ƒÖÅ=ƒÅ+G¥ñn+Å
    Words cannot begin to take away your feelings of loss ,but know he wrapped in The Lords loving arms .



  16. Sally Moore on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    So very, very sorry. My deepest sympathy.



  17. Rev. Jason & Megan, Claire, Thomas, Jonathan & Katie Dillingham on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Sending our deepest sympathies to Matthew’s loved ones. May you all have the peace of knowing that you are loved by family, friends and your entire community.



  18. Martha McDonnell Fox on October 11, 2017 at 12:00 am


  19. Ruth Kakogiannos on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  20. Ruth Kakogiannos on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences!



  21. Daffern/Dickerson families on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  22. Jessie Cook on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  23. Julie and Scott Mikek on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  24. Tanya Bromley on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  25. The Thorsen Family on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  26. Monica, Katelin and Rachel on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  27. Lyndsey and Catalina on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  28. Beth Schripsema on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  29. Beth A Schripsema on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    My heart goes out to your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



  30. Lisa Blumberg on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  31. Expression of Sympathy on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

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    A SHADES OF ELEGANCE was sent by Cathy & Todd Harvey on October 12, 2017



  32. Amy and Micky Ancil on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  33. Deb Schmenk... So very sorry for your loss. on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  34. Deb Schmenk on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Matthew is beautiful! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God surround and protect your memories of this beautiful boy.



  35. Mandy Schroeder on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

    My heart aches for your loss. There are certainly grieving students & staff at Greenville High School. I was able to hear so many wonderful things about Matt yesterday from some of his closest friends. Praying for strength for your family.



  36. Expression of Sympathy on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am

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    A SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Bryce Larsen and family on October 12, 2017



  37. Judith Harvey on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  38. Melissa Knapp on October 12, 2017 at 12:00 am


  39. Robert and Hobie McMullen on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  40. Cassie Nicholson on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  41. Daniel Rasmussen Jr on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  42. So sorry for your loss. on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  43. THe Doyle Family on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  44. Deb Geldersma on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Steve, Mel and family…my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss and my heart aches for you.



  45. Isaac, Makailey, Brigit, and Jonah on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  46. Alyssa & Josh Quick on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Steve, Mel & Family our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May god give you comfort and peace. RIP Matt



  47. Barbara Swanson(Moblo) on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Dear Steve and family,
    May God find a way to comfort you and bring you strength. Amen.
    My deepest sympathy.



  48. Joyce Zimmer on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    So very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to the whole family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.



  49. Lesa Nicholson on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  50. Jodi Warfield on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am


  51. Jodi Warfield on October 13, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Steve, I am truly sorry for the pain you and your family must be going through right now. I hope that your happy memories of Matthew get you through this heartbreaking time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.



  52. Your Angel on October 14, 2017 at 12:00 am


  53. Jeff, Shelly, Miles, and Ian Winchester on October 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Our hearts are filled with sorrow upon learning of the passing of Matthew. Ian has been reminiscing of the times he and Matthew shared together with their love of video games We will all remember him as a smart kind young man. We hope all of you can find some peace in your memories and love for him. You are in our thoughts and prayers
    with love and blessings. Aunt Shelly, Uncle Jeff and boys.



  54. The Bruce Family on October 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Deepest, deepest sympathies are with your family.



  55. Katherine Pyne on October 14, 2017 at 12:00 am


  56. Katherine Pyne on October 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Steve,
    May you find strength from family, friends and the lords grace in the days ahead to help you with this loss. I will keep you in my prayers.



  57. Annabelle Johnson on October 14, 2017 at 12:00 am


  58. Allison Perry & Destiny Ring on October 15, 2017 at 12:00 am


  59. Allison & Destiny Ring on October 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

    May Matthew rest peacefully in the arms of our God & know that he is all better now he isn’t sick anymore. He is now all of our GUARDIAN ANGELS. HE WILL BE WITH US NO MATTER WHERE WE ARE AT !!!!! I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. BUT MAY GOD KEEP ALL OF US STRONG THROUGH THIS TIME OF LOSS. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL. GOD BE WITH YOU ALL.



  60. The McDonnell Family on October 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you



  61. The McDonnell Family on October 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you



  62. The McDonnell Family on October 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you



  63. The McDonnell Family on October 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you



  64. The McDonnell Family on October 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you



  65. The McDonnell Family on October 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you



  66. The McDonnell Family on October 24, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Thank you



  67. Another parent on October 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, an unimaginable loss. May God grant you and Matthew peace.



  68. another parent on October 30, 2017 at 12:00 am


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