Muscatine, Iowa - Matthew A. Shoppa, 51, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family, in care of Karen. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.
Matt was born on August 22, 1968, in Muscatine, the son of Gary and Barbara Swab Shoppa.
He was a mechanic and owned The Tread Shop with Karen. He loved drag racing, swap meets, and working on cars. Matt loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Karen Kochneff of Muscatine; daughter, Kelly Shoppa of Madison; two grandcats, Ridley and Viktor; son, Eric Kochneff and wife, Laura, of West Des Moines; two grandchildren, Francie and Clara; father, Gary Shoppa of Muscatine; five brothers, Tom Shoppa and wife, Becca, of Fruitland, Jeff Snyder and wife, Debbie, of Muscatine, Jay Snyder of Muscatine, John Rockwell and wife, Christy, of Minneapolis, and Tom Rockwell and partner, Don, of Palm Springs; five sisters, Amy TeStrake of Davenport, Julie Castillo and husband, Rolando, of North Carolina, Jill Rice and husband, Doug, of Muscatine, Amy Rockwell of Minneapolis, and Melinda Rockwell and husband, Shan, of Los Angeles; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara; his stepmother, Nancy; brother-in-law, Barry; father-in-law, Don; and mother-in-law, Carol.
"I just learned of Matt's passing today! I don't get a newspaper and never saw anything online, but have been very concerned since I noticed the Tread Shop didn't appear to be open. I found out by calling the Tread Shop tonight and hearing Karen's sad message. I'm totally in shock and so sad for you Karen and Matt's Family. I haven't cried in some time, but I cried today. I've known Matt since he was a young man working for Steve Curry in his garage in south end. Then mainly dealing with him through working on my vehicles at the Tread Shop. I never knew Matt well, but I knew him. Any regular Tread Shop customer understands what I mean by that. Matt was a true, honest, trustworthy professional and top in his field. He was the only person I would let work on my '71 Olds Cutlass. He enjoyed talking with everyone, ALWAYS had a smile on his face and that wonderful chuckle. It makes me wonder why bad things happen to good people.I along with everyone that has met Matt will truly miss him. All my love my Brother. Craig Courtois"
"So very sorry to hear the news. I well remember Matt as one of my MHS students, sitting in the front row, always polite and respectful. He truly was a trusted mechanic, always going above and beyond what he needed to do to provide outstanding service to a big following of dedicated customers. Blessings to Karen and his family during these very difficult times. Every time I need an oil change or new tires, I'll think of this wonderful guy, taken from us way too soon."
Karen, So sorry to learn of Matt's passing; He was a joy to work for; loved his sense of humor. My heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family.
"Karen & family, We send our sincerest & deepest sympathy. Matt was a very kind and gentle person. May the Lord shine his perpetual light upon his soul. God Bless.
Randy and Debbie Duncan "
"We just learned of Matt?s passing, Karen. We are so very sad. He will be missed more than words can describe. Please know you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers for His strength and comfort in the days ahead. "
"Very sorry to hear about Matt. He was such a nice person and will be missed. Take care."
"So sad to hear of this, Matt was such a friendly guy and so skilled at his profession. He will be sorely missed. "
"Karen - so sorry hear about Matt. My heartfelt condolences to you and the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
"Karen, Gary, and family, our deepest sympathies.
Matt will be missed by us all.
Bob Baars and family. "
"Karen, so sorry to hear of Matt?s passing. He will be missed by so many. He was such a great and trustworthy guy. R.I.P, Matt. Peace and hugs to you, Karen
With our sympathy, Nancy & Denny Jens"
"Karen and family, you have my sincerest prayers and sympathies. "
"Karen and family, We're so sorry to hear about Matt. Thinking of you. You are in our prayers. Larry and Char Meyer"
"Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family "
"Gary and family - So sorry to hear about your loss."
"Karen, so very sorry to hear about Matt. You?ve both been through a lot. He is at peace now. Thinking of you.
"Karen and family, we are so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man, gone way too soon. Sending you prayers and strength. Matt will be missed by everyone that knew him. Debbie and Bob Beatty"
"So sorry for your loss. Matt was a good mechanic and trustworthy. Blessings to all of his family. Wally and Sue Beason"
"Karen, So sorry to hear about your loss. Matt was a great guy. You are in our thoughts.
Larry and Cathy Snyder"
"Sorry for your loss Karen...you are in my thoughts.
"Karen, So sorry for your loss. He will be missed. R.I. P. Matt.
"Karen, I'm very sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my prayers. "
"Karen we are so sorry for your loss, all of you are in our thoughts and prayers."
"Karen, my deepest love and sympathy go out to you and the family! I will miss Matt?s smiling face! He was such a good person! Be brave, Karen! "
"Karen and family, so sorry for you loss, you are in my Prayers. Such a good and wonderful man. God Bless you. Mary Morrison"
"Karen and family, my heart breaks for you. Matt was such an endearing man. That laugh and smile of his were infectious! I don't think I have ever met a more down to earth and honest man. John and I are so sorry for your loss. "
"Karen and family sending you hugs and prayers for strength during this most difficult of times. We are so sorry for your loss.
"Karen and family, Sorry to hear of Matt passing. He was a great mechanic at the the tread shop. He will be miss by many."
"A great man worthy of much respect. He will be greatly missed by many. So sorry for your loss."
"Karen and family, so sorry to hear about Matt?s passing. Deepest condolences from Alta and I. Praying for you. Chris "
"Gary and family, my deepest condolences to you all and prayers for comfort ?"
"Such sad news :( So sorry for Karen and the rest of the family's loss. He will always hold a warm spot in my heart. He always had such a great smile."
"so sorry to hear that about matt"
"Karen, our hearts go out to you & your family. Matt was such a great guy, he always had that smile on his face. He will be truly missed. We are so sorry for your lose. Patty & Jay Chelf"
"Karen, Roger and I are so very sorry to hear the news of Matt?s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marilyn & Roger"
"Karen, Jim and I are so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. Peace and prayers be with you and your family."
"So sorry to see this. Matt was always so friendly and trustworthy. He will be missed. "
"We are so sorry. We are shocked and offer our condolences. "
"Words cannot express our sorrow. God bless you all??"