Matthew's Support Emma Fund

$7,743 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 133 people in 15 months
My cousin Matthew Amsler went missing from Chatham, MA on Thursday October 27th. His wife Catherine reported him missing on Friday after he did not come home. She called his place of work, and they let her know he never showed up for his shift. Matthew suffers from schizophrenia. He was diagnosed several years ago and it has been a struggle for his family since then. Within this past year Matthew has really been on track, going back to school and was able to hold down a steady job. He also has a daughter Emma, who will be 2 in April. Mental health disorders are very difficult to manage on a day to day. Matthew has been in and out of treatment, and has been doing great with his medication. However, with mental health issues, it is ever evolving, and medication works at times, and at times it does not.

Recently we believe Matt had a bad reaction to his medication, resulting in him leaving home. We have contacted local police who have been looking for him, as well as some media outlets, such as Fox 25 news who have helped get the word out. Matt is not in a good mental state of being, and his Mother, Wife, and family are all very concerned for him! With him being gone it has been difficult for his wife and mother to work full time, while searching and communicating with family, and authorities.

We are asking for some help to cover some bills that he was assisting with paying like the mortgage, and some utilities, as well as a little extra to help cover the cost of an investigator to try and help us bring Matt home!

Anyone who has ever dealt with mental illness themselves, or in their family know the stigma that comes attached with it. Matthew is a kind, generous, and caring husband, father, and son! He loves his wife, and daughter, and would never intentionally do anything to hurt his family. However, right now he is not himself, and he may not be fully aware of his actions. We need to find him, we need to bring him home, and we need to continue to help him through treatment! Nobody ever asks to be handed these struggles…and our family is close and has been doing what we can to provide support from all over the country! We just need a little extra help! Anything donated will 100% go to finding Matt, and caring for his family in this difficult time! Thank you.
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Thank you to all the amazing friends and family who attended Matthew's memorial. The church was full of people who loved him. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, you have no idea how much you have helped our family.

I ask that you continue to share and donate as all proceeds will go to help Matty's 2 year old daughter Emma and wife Catherine. Some of you may have had the chance to meet Emma and Catherine at Matty's memorial.

Emma is just like her Dad, full of live and energy, and she LOVES the ocean! She will swim until her lips are blue, and when you ask her if she wants to go in and warm up, she answers "I okay!" She needs our love and support! Thank you all again!
Little Emma at the Ocean
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A funeral mass will be held Thursday August 10th at 10:00am at Holy Redeemer Church, 57 Highland Av, Chatham MA.

A celebration of Matt’s life will be held in the church basement immediately following the service. Should anyone want to share a memory of Matt, which the family could keep, either photograph or written story, please bring along (childhood, sports, funny, school, work, adventure, serious). These memories are greatly appreciated by the family and will be a cherished gift.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Matthew Amsler Memorial Fund c/o Cape Cod 5 Bank, 129 Route 137, East Harwich MA 02645.

Thank you to all who have reached out to our family this past week. You truly have no idea how much your memories, thoughts, and prayers have meant to our family during this difficult time. We are so blessed to have so many people who loved and cared for Matty! He was a very loved and cherished man.

Matthew J Amsler, 24, of Chatham MA. He was the husband of Catherine, father of 2 year old Emma, and son of Mary McHugh and James Amsler. He was a cousin, a nephew, and a friend.

He loved the ocean and enjoyed boating. He traveled, and was an expert at making people laugh. Always up for some fun, and to push the boundaries to make an unforgettable memory! He will be missed by so many, but his memory will live on in his daughter! We will share memories of Matt, stories of his life, and how he touched so many.

Thank you all for your love!

OBITUARY: http://www.capecodtimes.com/obituaries/20170807/matthew-j-amsler
Matty & his cousin Toni (Babies)
Matty a man of deep thought!
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I want to thank everyone who has come together and supported our family these past 48 hours. It has been a difficult time for us. What was once a search has come to a close. Mary, Catherine and Emma have been surrounded by people who love them and who care for them to provide support during this very hard time.

Mental illness is something so many people struggle with. We loved Matty and we were here to help him during his difficult times. He was working so hard to be a devotes husband, a dedicated father, and a loving son, and each day although difficult he was making that effort.

We love Matty so deeply, and are saddened that such a young life was lost so soon.

We will continue to be together, and spend time as a family sharing memories and thoughts of Matt. We will share his life with his daughter Emma, and we will continue to love him now as our Angel as we did when he was here with us on Earth. Thank you.
The little boy with the big smile!
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It saddens me to share that today we found Matthew. He was located this morning in Chatham. He had crawled into an airtight space on a boat for shelter from a recent storm, and fell peacefully asleep and ran out of oxygen. This of course was not the ending we wished or hoped for. We thank you all for keeping him in your thoughts and our family in your prayers. We will share information later on a memorial service, but at this time we will come together as a family and surround Mary, Catherine, and Emma with love and support. At this point, I am changing this go fund me page to a page to help cover the cost of Matthews funeral, as well as to help support his family within these next few months. It is sad that Mary lost her son, Catherine her husband and Emma her daddy! We are thankful he was not in any pain, and we ask you continue to pray for our family. Thank you.
R.I.P.
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Montes Lydia
6 months ago
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Praying for comfort for family. And God hand of Protection for baby Emma, My Condolences.

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Erin FitzGerald
6 months ago
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I'm so sorry. Will donate soon. I am from western mass and was actually at the cape in early November and remember this young man on a news story. Nice looking young man. Sorry for his and the family's suffering. Mental Illness has touched my family so I know the extreme stress and heartache involved.

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Joy Elizabeth
6 months ago
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I am so terribly sorry.

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John William Geiger II
6 months ago

God Bless Matthew's memory in all those who path he crossed.

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Debbie Gerber
6 months ago

My heart goes out to your entire family. People everywhere are thinking about you Mary.

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Madalyn Hillis-Dineen
6 months ago

Mary... Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. We will be away on the 10th but will keep you all in our prayers. When you feel up to it, your Sunday friends will be waiting.

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Robin Britner
6 months ago

Mary we are so saddened to hear about Mattie. He will forever remain our hearts. Our prayers are with Matties whole family at this difficult time

MS
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Meg Smith
6 months ago
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We are so very sorry for your loss. Rest In Peace Matt. Graham and Meg Smith

CM
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Catherine Moye
6 months ago

Mary,Jim Catherine & Emma, We are so very saddened to hear of Matty's passing. Relieved he fell asleep peacefully. What a bittersweet blessing that he left behind that beautiful little girl to carry on his mischievous grin and fiery spirit. So glad to know that Matt had the chance to feel the unconditional love of a parent as you know so well. He will always remain with us in our hearts, memories and many tears. Blessings to you. With love and melancholy. Catherine Moye & Brad Pease

MM
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Mallory Martin
6 months ago

My heart hurts for Matt's Family. You're in my prayers for peace.

Montes Lydia
6 months ago
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Praying for comfort for family. And God hand of Protection for baby Emma, My Condolences.

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Erin FitzGerald
6 months ago
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I'm so sorry. Will donate soon. I am from western mass and was actually at the cape in early November and remember this young man on a news story. Nice looking young man. Sorry for his and the family's suffering. Mental Illness has touched my family so I know the extreme stress and heartache involved.

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Joy Elizabeth
6 months ago
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I am so terribly sorry.

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