Matthew John Koester, 40, died Oct. 27, 2023, of what was likely a heart attack. He lived in St. Anthony Park and Como Park for much of his youth.

Matt was born in Princeton, Minnesota, on Oct. 16, 1981. He graduated from Concordia Academy in Roseville, where he met his future wife, Stephanie Perkins. Steph and Matt formed a close friendship playing in the Concordia Academy band, where Matt played trombone and Steph played flute. After graduating from high school, Matt attended Waldorf College for two years and then earned his bachelor’s in urban studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

Matt and Steph were married on Aug. 25, 2007. They built a loving home together in Forest Lake where they lived with their two cats and their dog. Matt worked as a custodian at Hope Academy in St. Paul for many years, and recently took a new position at North Branch Area Public Schools.

Matt was a Boy Scout and earned the Eagle Scout rank. He loved going to the State Fair and traveling on family vacations. Matt and Steph loved spending time with their pets, and enjoyed taking road trips to Minnesota’s North Shore and western national parks. Matt was ever loyal to his family and friends, and he was known for his goofy humor and love of puns.

Matt is survived by wife Stephanie, parents Nancy and Craig Koester, sister Emily and his grandmother. He is also survived by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sherri and Bill Perkins.

Matt Koester’s life was short, but he was blessed with a loving wife and family, home and work. He will be deeply missed.

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