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Matthew L. Branstetter

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On August 6, 2021 @ 2:42 pm In Obituaries | 35 Comments

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Matthew L. Branstetter, 52, of Lancaster, passed away on August 4, 2021.  Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late Mark D. Branstetter and Fredonna (Holcomb) Branstetter. 

After graduating from Manheim Township High School, Matt attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Millersville University.  He worked for several years at Dick’s Sporting Goods before spending most of his career as a landscaper with Twin Oaks Landscaping. 

Matt had a long-lasting love of music and played drums throughout high school.  As an adult, Matt played percussion and harmonica with the local band, Rombis, and played drums in praise bands for multiple churches.  He had an equally long lasting love of golf. Matt was a junior club champion at Conestoga Country Club, a member of the high school golf team, and played with family and friends throughout his adult life.  In addition to music and golf, Matt loved to attend his son’s ball games and his daughter’s ballet performances. He was an avid reader and die-hard fan of his beloved Boston Red Sox. 

In addition to his mother, Matt is survived by his former spouse, Dyan; two children, Evan and Lea Branstetter of Lancaster; a brother, David Branstetter (Tena) of Waldorf, MD; aunts Jane Phillips of Lancaster and Ann Benson of Vermont; a nephew, Zachary Branstetter (Stephanie), of Fort Polk, LA; a niece, Kaitlyn Branstetter, of Kansas City, MO; three great nieces,; and numerous cousins. 

An informal gathering celebrating Matthew’s life will be held on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM followed by a time of sharing beginning at 11:00 AM at DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, located at 141 East Orange Street Lancaster, PA 17602.  Masks are required and all social distancing measures will be enforced.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Grandview Church in Lancaster, where Matt was a long-time member, or to any non-profit organization of your choice.  

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Condolences for the family of “Matthew L. Branstetter”

Condolence from Amy Mendenhall Nidds on August 7th, 2021 1:01 pm

I am heartbroken for all of you. Please let me know if you have a service. Matt was a wonderful person/friend. May he Rest In Peace now.

Condolence from Molly on August 8th, 2021 2:04 pm

I amso sorry for your loss. I’m still in shock….I think of him oftern especially when I’m on the porch and can see the bushes he planted for me.Love Molly

Condolence from Chad Rothfus on August 8th, 2021 10:41 pm

I’m going to miss you that is the worst disease to go through not many people understand I always loved your support when you were there I will always remember your stories when I listened to them it made me come through the most difficult time of my life ill miss you

Condolence from Mia marinaro on August 25th, 2021 4:37 pm


Condolence from Mike Marlin on August 9th, 2021 10:01 am

I would like to share my heartfelt condolences to all of Matt’s family and friends . Matt was such a kind and sweet person and will be sorely missed. ” Thanks for being a good friend , Matt. Love ya man. R.I.P. “

Condolence from Marian Bevan on August 9th, 2021 12:55 pm

To Matt’s family, I am heartbroken for your loss. He spoke of you often and how much he loved you. I pray for you all that God’s peace and love surround you during this difficult time. Matt always greeted with a big smile and light of his faith… Rest in peace my friend. Love Marian B. – ME.

Condolence from Donna Eckenroth on August 9th, 2021 3:01 pm

I am heartbroken. I remember Matt from middle school and high school. He was always great at making us all laugh. He will be greatly missed. My loves goes out to all his family and friends!!!

Condolence from Donna Wilcox on August 10th, 2021 7:46 am

Hearing of Matt’s death is devastating for all of his many friends. He was sweet, kind and loved by his friends. I am so sorry his disease took his life and that he was helpless to stop it. I have never seen someone try so hard. He is now in God’s grace and in His hands where he will find the peace he sought. I am so very sorry for his family’s loss.

Condolence from Meg Macfarlane on August 10th, 2021 8:39 am

Heartbroken for you all. Matt spoke so lovingly of his family and was so grateful for you. Keeping you all close in prayer.

Condolence from Essie Hewes-Carroll none on August 11th, 2021 6:59 am

What I miss most is Matt’s Voice and sharp intelligence. This is a great booboo for us as well. Wish we could have reached his soul . Will keep him close in prayer. Sweetness and Light dear man.Blessing to the family. You can’t control this disease .You didn’t cause it.You can’t cure it. God speed.

Condolence from Gail Beard on August 11th, 2021 7:45 am

I cannot express the sorrow I felt when Matt’s death was told to me. He loved his family dearly. May the Divine give you peace and comfort during this time of pain and sorrow.

Condolence from Cathy C on August 11th, 2021 8:42 am

My sincerest condolences for your loss. Matt had a kind heart and he is gone too soon. I hope that he is now at peace, and that his family can be at peace as well. God Bless and take care.

Condolence from Erin S on August 11th, 2021 7:53 pm

I only knew Matt for a short time, but he always had a friendly smile and great demeanor. The few one-on-one conversations we shared left a lasting impression on me. He was a good man and will be greatly missed. Praying God’s blessing on all his family and friends as we all grieve this pre-mature loss. Soar with the angels, my friend!

Condolence from Essie Hewes Carroll on August 12th, 2021 11:40 am

We all are sorry for your loss. Matt was a great guy and always thinking of others. He spoke so highly of his family and especially his Mother.

Condolence from Judi B on August 15th, 2021 7:22 am

I’m grateful Matt crossed my life. He brought strength and hope to my journey. I’m thankful he is now at peace . My prayers for peace and comfort to the family. He spoke lovingly of all if you. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Anne A. on August 15th, 2021 8:45 pm

I was surprised and saddened to hear of Matt’s passing. He always had so much positive energy and was so funny! My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. I wish you peace and strength.

Condolence from Cass Cindi on August 17th, 2021 2:24 pm

Wishing Matt serenity finally. I will certainly miss his smile, laughter, caring heart, kindness to others. He was a smart, good hearted man who passed through before his time. Sincere condolences to his family and children . Cass Cindi

Condolence from Mia Marinaro on August 25th, 2021 4:44 pm

Mrs Branstetter, I am so so sorry for your loss. Your and Matt’s kindness meant so much to me. He was such a good man. And a good friend. May his memory bring you peace. I see just how loved he was by all. He will be thought of and remembered always.

Condolence from Sandra Nixdorf-Eickholz on August 25th, 2021 6:10 pm

I was very saddened to hear the news of Matt’s passing! My thoughts and prayera go out to his family and friends. I will always have fond memories of Matt.

Condolence from Brian Kimmel on August 25th, 2021 8:36 pm

To the family, my condolences. Matt and I crossed circles in band and baseball, and a little in street hockey. He was always quick with a smile and had extremely quick wit.

Condolence from Natalie (Durbin) Trott on August 29th, 2021 3:34 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that you lost Matthew. I was a babysitter for Matthew and David when they were young and I enjoyed taking care of them. My heart goes out to the entire family.

Condolence from David Walton on August 30th, 2021 3:18 pm

So sorry for the loss of Matt. Thoughts and family prayers for his family and for yours.

Condolence from Skip Walters on August 30th, 2021 4:54 pm

Dave, Matt’s children and friends-

I had Matt as a student in Bio class, as a player on the MT baseball team and as a golfer on the MT golf team. To say he made class interesting might be a bit of an understatement. Funny? Very much so – I remember his Stevie Wonder impersonation. He was a hard working baseball player and a gifted golfer. In golf, he was a starter on an LL championship team. The world will be a little less of a place without Matt here with us. Our deepest condolences.

Skip and Pam Walters

Condolence from James Diamantoni on August 31st, 2021 5:56 pm

Mrs. Branstetter & Family,
My sincere sympathy to all of you on the passing of your son and father. My God Grant you strength during this most difficult time. Your old neighbor on Rutledge Ave.

Jim Diamantoni

Condolence from Linda Rath Weik on September 2nd, 2021 6:24 pm

I am so sad to learn of the passing of Matt. He was one of the funniest people I ever met. He was sharp and witty and had a smile that would light up a room. We met a long time ago at the Host when we both worked there and became fast friends that summer. When he was in a bad car accident that left him in a halo I visited often. He sometimes made me watch stupid slapstick movies with him. My heart goes out to his family, may you find comfort that he has found Peace.
Linda (Rath) Weik

Condolence from cindy coble on September 6th, 2021 3:14 pm

dang it. we grew up blocks away, and I cannot remember one time that you were not engaged, witty, sparkly, preternaturally handsome. you did talk about your reality last time we spoke, and I’m sorry for your hellish struggles. I’m sad for your family. i’m sad you’re not here, but you are ‘over there’-! so, hi, buddy.

you really are one of the special ones, you always will be. we all had mad crushes on you. I thought you’d end up a New York/LA actor.
as most everyone who wrote on here has stated-you were kind. empathetic. real.

I hope your kids will one day be able to remember the beauty you brought, without much of the crippling pain of losing you.

I’m crushed.

so much love to you and yours. see you when I see you, on the school bus, 7th grade?

winning smile. starry celestial eyes. good man.

cindy [grumbein] coble

Condolence from Scott LeComte on October 14th, 2021 12:44 pm

I know he would have loved reading this!

Condolence from Maria (Witmer) Manby on October 18th, 2021 11:28 am

Yes, Cindy I remember Matt’s winning smile and sparkly attitude. I will never forget his passion for playing the drums and making others laugh. I was fortunate to know him well in high school. My condolences to his entire family as he died much too soon. May good memories bring you comfort and may he Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Margie Riggs on September 7th, 2021 1:36 pm

I just learned of Matt’s passing. I am very sorry for your loss and your family is in my thoughts.

Condolence from John & Mary-Ann Good on September 10th, 2021 2:09 pm

Dear Branstetter Family,
You have been in our prayers for comfort while you grieve the loss of Matt. We are grateful to have gotten to know him as a neighbor and friend. He always had a smile and was encouraging others in his conversation. Matt had a caring and thoughtful quality about him. When my mother died, Matt planted a beautiful winterberry bush on our property in remembrance of her as she was a neighbor to Matt …. now we’re remembering Matt and his kindness for giving such a gift. We are truly saddened by Matt’s death and grieve with all of you.

Condolence from Tamara (Shenberger) Guo on October 13th, 2021 5:05 pm

My deepest condolences to Matt’s family and friends. I went to middle school & high school with Matt where there are lots of fond memories. I am so sad to hear of his early passing.

Condolence from Scott Melville on October 13th, 2021 6:33 pm

I’m so sad to hear of Matt passing . I have fond memories of growing up with Matt and always seeing that big smile of his . Wishing strength to his family during this difficult time . RIP my friend !

Condolence from Maria (Sirbak) Jablonski on October 13th, 2021 7:46 pm

Matt was someone who always knew how to liven up any room he walked into- his smile was one that immediately made you smile because it was so contagious. He made you feel like you were his best of friend when you were in social settings- I am saddened by the news of his passing and my sincerest sympathy to his family. Matt was a classmate of mine – I’m so sorry.

Condolence from Nan & Nat Netscher on November 15th, 2021 11:36 am

Dear, Dear Donnie,
When I originally saw Matthew’s obituary my heart sank. I wrote you a note but it was returned. So now is my chance to write to you. I know Matt had problems and it must have been so hard for you to watch. In spite of that he led a very active and fulfilling life. Now it is time for him to rest in peace and for you to have peace of mind knowing he is all right. I can’t stand with you on Saturday, but I will be there in spirit. I pray for you every night. Nat and I are sending our love and blessings to you.

Condolence from Mike hohman on November 16th, 2021 6:14 am

So sorry to hear this news Matt was a great guy

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