A Mass of Christian Burial for former Duluth Denfeld athlete Matt Kero is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mitchell Auditorium on the College of St. Scholastica campus in Duluth.
Kero died in his sleep Monday. He was 18. Following an autopsy, the medical examiner told his family that no cause of death was found, and the death would be listed as from natural causes.
Kero ran cross country and track for Denfeld (which was Duluth Central for 2010-11), and was a hockey defenseman.
The obituary which will appear in Wednesday’s News Tribune:
Matthew Thomas Kero, 18, of Duluth died unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday, August 22, 2011. He was born on February 7, 1993 in Duluth to Tom and Mary Kero.
Matt graduated from Denfeld (Central) High School in June and was attending the College of St Scholastica this fall. Matt participated in a variety of sports growing up but concentrated on cross country, hockey and track in high school where he earned 13 varsity letters and was a captain on all three teams his senior year.
He was named to the All Lake Superior Conference first team 4 years in cross country, LSC second team for hockey as a senior, and was 8 times all conference in track, winning 4 individual titles and was a member of 1 conference championship relay team.
He also qualified for 3 state cross country meets and the state track meet in 2 events. Matt was planning to compete in cross country and track at CSS. Matt was a member of St Lawrence Church and had worked the past two summers at the West Duluth Super One.
Matt was preceded in death by paternal grandfather Earl Kero and maternal grandfather Richard Klepfer . Matt is survived by his parents, Thomas and Mary Kero; sisters Katherine and Jessica all of Duluth; paternal grandmother Mary Kero of Duluth and maternal grandmother Avenelle Klepfer of Sugarland, Texas; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves behind an extended family of former teammates, coaches and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Williams Lobermeier Funeral Home and will continue from 10 until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday in the Mitchell Auditorium on the College of St. Scholastica campus. Rev Fr. William Fider officiating. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to establish a memorial in Matt’s name. Arrangements by Williams Lobermeier Funeral Home.