CHICAGO, Illinois – Matt Rieger, 50, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Vienna, died on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer.
Matt was born on May 21, 1971 to Warren, son of Gil and Casey Rieger. He graduated from Mathews High School in 1989 and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Toledo. Matt continued his postgraduate studies at Cleveland State University, receiving a JD and MA in English, and later, an MA in Creative Writing from the Art Institute of Chicago.
Matt had many different passions in his life. He has been active in theater, training, teaching, music, poetry, sports and yoga. Matt was dedicated to his pursuits, bringing intensity, compassion, quick wit, and a sense of humor that only he could, to all of his endeavors.
Matt was a longtime coach of the basketball and softball teams at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School and had also recently held a full-time teaching position there. He spent several years supporting youth sports in the region as Vice President of We Got Game. Matt was also the general manager of the Curious Theater Branch in Chicago, where he wrote, directed and performed in several productions.
Matt loved to learn. He loved to coach. He loved working with children. He loved the arts. When you were talking to Matt, he had the ability to make you feel like you were the only one with him in an otherwise crowded room. Matt has lived an eclectic life, leaving behind a legacy of all the lives he has touched through his many activities.
Matt is survived by his parents, Gil and Casey Rieger of Vienna; brother, Thad (Donna) Rieger of Lewis Center; sister, Amy Bos of Heber City, Utah; brother, Andy Rieger of Montgomery, Texas; and several nieces and nephews in Ohio, Utah, Texas and North Carolina.
He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Jordana Rieger.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren, Ohio, where visitation with Matt’s family will begin at 5 p.m., with the memorial service starting at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Matt Rieger Memorial Foundation which will support youth sports and theater activities. Donations should be sent to Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, c / o The Matt Rieger Memorial Foundation, 533 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.