Read the obituary for lifelong Mansfield resident Matthew Zonghetti

The 26-year-old died in an avalanche during a ski trip to New Mexico.

Matthew Zonghetti, who was killed in an avalanche while skiing in New Mexico.  

(Cropped version, photo provided by his father, no need to credit.)
Matthew Zonghetti. –Provided

The 26-year-old Mansfield native, who died in an avalanche at a New Mexico ski resort, is being remembered by his loved one for his optimism and compassion.

A funeral will be held for Matthew Zonghetti on Saturday at Saint Mary’s Church in Mansfield, according to his obituary.

The 26-year-old treasured spending time with his family and friends, and was a faithful New England Patriots fan who loved hiking, playing football and lacrosse, and traveling, his relatives wrote.

Matthew will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his optimism, loyalty, humility, compassion and his lust for life and adventure,” they said.


Read the full obituary for Zonghetti, shared by Sherman and Jackson Funeral Home, below. 

Matthew C. Zonghetti, age 26, a lifelong resident of Mansfield, passed away following a tragic accident on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Born in Boston, MA on May 4, 1992, he is survived by his loving parents Deacon Michael T. and Susan K. (Machi) Zonghetti, his devoted sister Kathryn M. Zonghetti and her loving companion Stuart Pink, the love of his life Kristen L. Schifferli, his uncle Robert Machi and his wife Terry and their children Laura, Erica and Julia, his aunts Linda Adkins and her husband Gary and their son Tyler, Theresa Zonghetti and Beth Zonghetti and her boyfriend Richie.

Matt grew up and was educated in Mansfield. He was a 2010 graduate of Mansfield High School where he excelled both academically and in sports. He played football and lacrosse and in his senior year was captain of the lacrosse team and was the recipient of many academic and athletic awards. He furthered his education, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Wake Forest University in North Carolina, where he met Kristen, was a member of the club lacrosse team and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Presently, Matt was working as a real estate investment professional and was a lifelong communicant of Saint Mary’s Church in Mansfield. He loved spending time amongst family and friends and his passions in life were skiing, extensive traveling, hiking, football and lacrosse. He was a faithful New England Patriots fan and especially treasured and loved his dog “Bodie”.

Matthew will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his optimism, loyalty, humility, compassion and his lust for life and adventure.

His funeral Mass, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend, will be celebrated on Saturday, January 26th at 10:00 A.M. in Saint Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt St. (Route 106), Mansfield. Burial will follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Mansfield.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 25th from 5:00-9:00 P.M. at the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield.

In lieu of flowers, Matt’s family has requested that donations in his memory be made to the Matthew C. Zonghetti Scholarship Fund, care of Mansfield High School, 250 East Street, Mansfield, MA 02048.

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