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Obituary: Matthew W. Kontgis

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Matthew W. Kontgis, 20, passed away on Jan. 8, 2002 surrounded by his loving family after a hard fought battle with Ewing's Sarcoma.

Born in Culver City, CA, on Nov. 4, 1981, Matt lived in Wilton, CT since 1998 with his parents, William A. and Patricia Finn Kontgis and his sister and great fan, Katy Kontgis. Matt's playful wit, thoughtful insights and loyalty will be missed tremendously by his family and friends.

Most recently, Matt was a student at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was named to the Dean's list. While there, he played in an

African musical ensemble.

He attended Wilton High School and participated in the mountaineering club as well as the jazz band, graduating with the class of 2000.

Before moving to Wilton, Matt attended school at Granite Bay High and Cavitt Junior High in Roseville, CA. He also was active in the soccer program in the Sacramento area.

A natural outdoorsman, he enjoyed hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping and biking when he was not enjoying his guitar. Musically talented, Matt played classical, jazz and rhythm and blues. He also studied martial arts and enjoyed his part time job at Go Vertical climbing gym in Stamford, CT. He was a member of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Danbury.

In addition to his parents and sister in Wilton, two older sisters, Angela Tiemeyer and her husband Michael of Milwaukee, WI; and Brook McCune and her husband Ryan of Salt Lake City, UT survive Matt. Other surviving family members include his paternal grandmother, Angelina Kontgis of Salt Lake City, UT; his maternal grandparents, Bernard and Carla Finn of Corona, CA; three nephews, Alec and Kyle Tiemeyer and Andrew McCune, a niece, Olivia McCune, and George Miller; his Godfather, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins, who all played important parts in his life. Also, his friends, whom he enjoyed and dearly loved, will remember him.

His paternal grandfather, Angelo C. Kontgis, as well as his beloved older brother and role model, Andrew S. Kontgis, preceded Matt in death.

The family will receive friends at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Route 39 North, Danbury, CT on Sunday, Jan. 13, 4-7 p.m. The Trisagion prayer service will be conducted at 6 p.m.

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 15th, at 12 noon in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Salt Lake City, UT, preceded by an 11 a.m. viewing. Burial will follow at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, Salt Lake City.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Contributions Services, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Brookline, MA 02445. Contributions should be labeled: In honor of Matt Kontgis to support the fight against Ewing's sarcoma.