Memorial on Monday for Matthew Bosisio, 1953-2021

A Funeral Mass is planned at 11 am Monday (September 13th) at Our Lady of Guadalupe for Matthew J. Bosisio. Here’s the remembrance his family is sharing:

Matthew John Bosisio, born January 29, 1953, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2021.

Matt was the middle child of Mariano and Celia “Stella” (D’Afflitto) Bosisio, who preceded him in death.

Matt is survived by his son Landon, daughter-in-law Stephanie, and grandson Bennett Bosisio. Matt is also survived by a brother, William Bosisio, a sister, Gladys Bosisio Mogensen, and two nieces.

Mr. Bosisio was born in Washington, DC, and moved at an early age with his family to Kansas City, Missouri, and, later, St. Joseph, Missouri. For his high school years, he moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, and graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1971. In 1975, Matt entered the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1977 from Edwards AFB in California.

Following his discharge from the Air Force, Matt graduated with honors from the University of California-Santa Barbara with a degree in Journalism. While in college, he worked for the Daily Nexus and the Santa Barbara News-Press. He later obtained a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.

Matt would work for newspapers as a journalist in Portland, Maine, Ruidoso, New Mexico, Roswell, New Mexico, Hays, Kansas, and Richmond, Missouri, and he was also employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Peoria, IL as a news writer. Mr. Bosisio owned his own newspaper in Albuquerque, New Mexico, The New Mexico Senior Digest.

Matt’s legacy is twofold. He was a father first – to Landon – and there’s no end to the pride he took in his son and his success and accomplishments. Matt instilled his supreme organizational, disciplinary, and extraordinary study skills into Landon.

Secondly, he was a magnificent teacher and associate professor of journalism at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, and Augusta State University, Augusta, Georgia. Matt put his heart and soul into teaching and was a loud voice in protecting our First Amendment rights, often dressing in character as a framer of the Constitution to teach these important points.

In retirement, Matt moved to Tacoma and later, Seattle, to be near Landon, Stephanie, and Bennett. While in the Pacific Northwest, he worked for L’Arche in Tacoma, living and caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He also worked for a time at the Downtown Emergency Service Center in Seattle and briefly for the Seattle Mariners.

Matt had a great sense of humor, was musically gifted with his accordion, and was a talented writer. His investigative journalism stories were succinctly and impeccably written. Matt loved being near the ocean, sailing, listening to classical music and was very proud of his Italian-Argentinian heritage. He enjoyed traveling and made stops in many countries including Italy, Argentina, England, Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Palestine. He was a devoted Catholic and was a generous giver to charities and always helpful to those in need.

May the Peace, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and may the blessing of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you, and remain with you, always.

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Arrangements Entrusted to Emmick Family Funeral Home of West Seattle

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11 Replies to "Memorial on Monday for Matthew Bosisio, 1953-2021"

  • Chris D September 10, 2021 (9:30 pm)

    RIP Matt

  • Allison September 11, 2021 (8:49 am)

    What an interesting life he led.  Thank you for sharing!  My condolences to his family.

  • Meru M September 14, 2021 (10:19 am)

    Matt was one of my favorite professors at ASU. I will always remember our talks during his office hours where he would regale me with stories of his many travels. I would bring my babies with me sometimes, and he loved to hold them and play with them. He was an absolute delight and such an intelligent and passionate man. I learned so much in his Communications courses. I will think of him fondly and often. Rest in peace, my friend. 

  • Gaye Morris September 14, 2021 (11:08 am)

    I had great admiration for Matt when I was his colleague at Augusta State University. Holding his family in the healing light of love.

  • Amanda Main September 14, 2021 (11:22 am)

    This is very sad news. I knew Matthew in 2005-2007 during my time as a journalism student at Augusta State University, as my advisor and also my professor several times. He was extremely caring and worked to do a fantastic job with leading and teaching the students and the student newspaper. I know his high standards were passed on to his students, and we took these standards into our careers. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Nick G September 14, 2021 (11:34 am)

    Heartbroken doesn’t begin to cover it. Matt taught me everything I know about interviewing and writing articles. He encouraged me to retake one of his classes because I was too shy to interview someone for one of his final projects, and when the time came, he took time out of his own schedule to help me prep for the interview. He was, without a doubt, one of the most patient and passionate people I’ve ever met. He’ll be sorely missed.

  • Jim Garvey September 14, 2021 (12:05 pm)

    Matthew was my colleague in journalism at Augusta State University. He was dedicated to the truth, to fairness, to service. He was generous with his students, courageous in the causes that stirred his soul, and deeply dedicated to his Catholic faith–not as a set of things to believe but as a way of loving and serving to dedicate his life to. He left his teaching career in Augusta to serve at L’Arche in Washington State–a decision that astonished and inspired me. He was a great man. I am glad I knew him.

  • Lindsay Thetford Black September 15, 2021 (9:07 pm)

    He was a wonderful professor at Augusta State. He sparked a lifelong love of news and journalism in me. I’m so sorry for your loss, Landon. Rest In Peace Professor 😢

  • Chanel September 23, 2021 (2:18 pm)

    Great professor. I learned so much from him. I now teach Mass Communications to high school students and remember a lot of what he taught.

  • Barry W Schorfhaar September 27, 2021 (4:15 pm)

    working with you at DESC was a joy.  be at peace, matti.

  • West Seattle Timebanker Janine September 30, 2021 (4:16 pm)

    Respects and condolences to Matthew’s family.  He was a generous man who volunteered widely and made himself available to listen and help others.  How kind of him to share his many talents throughout his life.

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