Matthew “Matt” R. Dorn

March 16, 1962 - May 05, 2023


Obituary For Matthew “Matt” R. Dorn

Madison, WI – Matthew “Matt” R. Dorn, age 61, passed away following a long illness on Friday, May 5, 2023, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. He was born on March 16, 1962, to Victor and Carol (Durawa) Dorn in Madison, WI.

Matt graduated from Madison West High School and the University of Wisconsin Madison. After spending several years working in California, Matt moved back to Madison to work at the family business. Matt enjoyed working at Dorn Hardware, where he was Co-President until his health caused him to retire.

Matt loved spending time at the Dorn cottage in Waupaca. In his free time, he enjoyed waterskiing, snow skiing, running, biking, reading, and Wisconsin sports.

Matt is survived by his wife of 32 years Anne (Felten); children, Elizabeth (Graham Highdale), Stephen (Lily Thongnuam), and William; siblings, Lisa (John) Fahrney, Tom (Wendi) Dorn, Sarah Dorn, and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Carol Dorn; in-laws Edward and Catherine Felten; and other family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 602 Everglade Dr, Madison, with Father Bart Timmerman officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at Ryan Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Road and again from 10:00 AM until the time of service at Church on Thursday. Interment will be held at Resurrection Cemetery.

A special thanks to Dr Laura Buyan-Dent, Dr Ernest Lee, and Dr Ken Robbins. Matt’s family is also grateful to Agrace Hospice, especially the Memory Care nurses and CNAs, for their kindness and compassion as well as all the chocolate ice cream and wheelchair rides.

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Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

5701 Odana Road


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  • August 16, 2023

    Deepest condolences to Anne and her family.

  • May 14, 2023

    I enjoyed getting to know Matt on our weekly Thursday morning wheelchair rides at Agrace. My sincerest sympathies to you Anne and kids. Leslie (Agrace volunteer)

  • May 11, 2023

    Hello Dorn Family ! I am so glad to have had a chance to visit you all yesterday. Some of you I was meeting for the first time which was my pleasure. Matt was special person to all of us ! I known him since we were 5 years old and glad to have been a friend of his. Those special childhood memories of growing up on Randy Lane will always remain with me. Our Prayers are with you all with love from the Hurst Family still on Randy Lane. I was the guest speaker on Inland Trout fishing for the Yahara Fishing Club last night. So, I had to leave the visitation earlier than I wanted. At the conclusion of my presentation I talked to the club members about Matt and I asked everyone there for a moment of silence in Matt's honor. Some of the club members knew Matt too. Thanks to your Dorn Family who always sponsored the Yahara Fishing Club. So on behalf of the Yahara Fishing Club of Madison WI. we extend to you our sympathy and condolances to all the Dorn Family members and friends of Matt Dorn. Stay strong together as you navigate forward. RIP Matt ! Thank you ! With love sincerely, Steven J. Hurst

  • May 08, 2023

    I will miss Matt. My payers for healing go out to the whole family and may God's love surround you.

  • May 08, 2023

    Being in your presence for a very short time Anne; my heart is heavy knowing you have been carrying so much. I light a virtual candle in your husbands memory. Peace and care Maureen B

  • May 08, 2023

    We worked with Matt at Dorn Hardware, I from 1989 until he retired, Ron even longer. Spent many hours in the office working to make business better. Have a memory , Matt would not normally take part of all the treats I brought to share but one day I made a Pineapple filled vanilla cake and he had 2 pieces. made happy to find that he enjoyed my cake. Sorry he could not continue to be in the business. I have thought about Matt and Anne many times in the last few years, Anne sorry for what you needed to do you are a great person. Take care and keep loving. Love Darleen and Ron Scott

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    I met Matt in the last few months of his life and was struck by his deep kindness and his love and devotion to his family. We enjoyed many conversations. I am in complete admiration of his acceptance of his limitations, his strength and courage and the devotion of Anne. He knew he was loved. My deepest condolences to his family. He lives in your hearts.

  • May 07, 2023

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  • May 06, 2023

    Dear Anne, Stephen and family, so sorry to hear about Matt's passing. Enjoying getting to know him as a fellow Cub Scout Dad. Praying for you all. Nick Ferry

  • May 06, 2023

    So sorry to hear of Matt's death. Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May the Holy Spirit guide you in the days to come.

  • May 06, 2023

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Rest in peace, Matt, and enjoy your heavenly reward. Sr. Hedwig & Fran


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    Mary Kramer sent Golden Days Basket for Matthew “Matt” R. Dorn - May 10, 2023

    My deepest sympathies to the entire Dorn Family. From our teenage years, I remember Matt as kind, smart, and also so much fun. Special hug to Lisa. Mary Kramer

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    Michael Burke sent Beautiful Dreams for Matthew “Matt” R. Dorn - May 09, 2023

    We're so sorry for your loss. I remember with great fondness all playing together as kids on Post Road. Our deepest condolences. -Michael Burke and family

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