Matthew “Matt” Lloyd Bembenek passed away August 2, 2020, in Tucson, Arizona. He was born November 9, 1994, in Chicago, Illinois. The son of Daniel Thomas Bembenek and Robin Sue (Cole) Peterson.
Matthew attended elementary school in Illinois – first in Tinley Park then Rockford, finishing with completion of 8th grade at Will County School District #92 in Lockport on May 28, 2009. On November 21, 2009, he moved to Yuma, Arizona, to his grandparents’ home, where he received his high school education diploma early from rural Gila Ridge High School on December 19, 2012.
Matthew was a very intelligent, caring young man, who prided himself on doing a job well with quality, and possessed a great sense of humor. He is sorely missed by his family and his many friends.
Matthew worked at various jobs – yard work, construction, Alaska fisheries (EKUK and St. Petersburg), and Winter Park Resort in Colorado. He was planning to return there when they opened up for the season.
Matthew is survived by; his father Daniel (Amber) Bembenek of Makena, IL, his mother Robin Peterson, whereabouts unknown, his grandmother Clara Bembenek of Chicago, Il., his grandparents Sharon (Roger) Reid of Yuma, AZ., and James (Yvonne) Cole of Port St. Lucie, FL., brothers Nicholas (Christi) Peterson of Buckeye, AZ., Justin (Marisol) Jimenez of Chicago, IL., sisters Megan Bemebenek of Chicago, IL., Alexandria Bembenek of Romeoville, IL., and Samantha and Lyla Bembenek both of Makena, IL., his uncle Steven (Kelly) Cole of Olathe, KS., great uncles Douglas (Chuong) Cole of Des Moines, IA., Curtis Cole of Largo, FL., Terry (Mary Jane) Cole of Elkader, IA., David (Debra) Cole of Stephenville, TX., aunt Joan McManigle of Beloit, WI., stepbrothers Steven (Debbie) Reid of Clear Lake, MN., and Darren (Rebecca) Reid of Stacy, MN., cousins Aaron Cole and Tyler Grylls of Olathe, KS., Jody (Brian) Winchester and David (Linda) McManigle both of Beloit, WI., Linda (Craig) Osenga of Sussex, WI., Kate (Mitchell) Barthelemy of Maple Grove, MN., Andrew Reid of Nokomis, FL., Amber Reid of Clear Lake, MN., Elli Reid of Hempstead, NY., Megan and Nathan Reid of Stacy, MN., plus many 2nd cousins, and special friend Tiffani Schweers and her son Henry.
Matthew was preceded in death by his grandfather John Bembenek of Chicago, his uncle Richard Bembenek of Chicago, IL, and his great uncle Sheldon McManigle of Beloit, WI.
Angel Valley Funeral Home & old Pueblo Crematory of Tucson, AZ., is handling the arrangements for cremation. Due to the coronavirus and family members spread from Arizona to Florida, no funeral services will be held. A family memorial is tentatively being planned for some time in approximately June at an Iowa location.