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“My thoughts and prayers go out to Matthew's wife and family. ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: Marsha Breaux - Austin, TX

“Cindy, Sammy and family,We were so sorry to hear about Matthew. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our prayers are with you and your family. ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: Maurice and Dianne Clements - LA

“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Matthew Joseph at this time and in the Future, and with his Family. Kristi Lynn Rushing LaBauve, Jason Michael...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Hudson Rushing, Jr. - Franklin,, LA

“Sammy, I'm truly very sorry for your loss of such a very fine young man. My heart and prayers go out to you, Cindy, Erica, friends and family. May...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Brad Frederick - Franklin, LA

“So sorry for your loss Cindy & Sammy. I will keep you in my prayers. ”
5 of 21 | Posted by: Vickie B. Chauvin - Lafayette, LA

“Sorry for your loss he warmed everyone hearts that he would ever meet. ”
6 of 21 | Posted by: Lauren Tyler - Franklin, LA

“My condolences to Matt's family, his Wife, his parents and all that loved him. May God comfort your sorrow and help everyone in this difficult moment. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Guilherme Nery - Lafayette, LA

“Words cannot express how sad I am for you Sammy and Cindy. Although I did not know Him , I can only imagine how wonderful he was as a son to both of...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Mark Poindexter - Lafayette

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Matthew. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
9 of 21 | Posted by: Melissa Hebert Trimm - LA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Brian Ibert - Friend

“So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. No words I say can make you feel better, but God and time will help. Keep his...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Robin Ecuer - Franklin, LA

“We wish to send our sincere condolences to his wife the families of Matthew. May he Rest In Peace. Joy and Donnie Aprill ”
12 of 21 | Posted by: Joy Aprill - Lafayette, LA

“Sorry for your loss, It was a pleasure to have met Matt, he was a true gentleman.A very nice person. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Clem Parent - Secane, PA

“We are so sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers . ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Ray&Marla Concienne - Jeanerette, LA

“Mr. Sammy and Ms. Cindy, and Erica, we are so sorry to hear about Matthew, our thoughts and prayers are with y'all at this difficult time. The...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Lori Sonnier - Franklin, LA

“Dear Cindy, Sammy, Erica and Sam Jr. - please know that you are all in my prayers and heart these days since I received word from Carol (my sis) of...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Eileen Lynch - Sacramento, CA

“All of you are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. My God shower up on you the peace and comfort that you will need in the...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Chris and Laura Pierce - Franklin, LA

“Cindy, Sam, Erica, and familyI am so very sorry for your loss. There are no words that seem enough, but please know you are all in our thoughts and...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Sheila Stone Sheehy - Littleton, CO

“Cindy and Sam, I am so sorry to learn of Matthew's passing. I can't imagine your pain and sadness. My prayers are with you all. Only God will...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Joyce Byrd - Houston, TX - Friend

“Cindy and Sammy, our hearts break for you. Know that y'all are in our prayers for God's peace to see you through this unbelievable tragedy. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Sandra and Graylen Davis - TX

“Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. May Matthew rest in God's eternal peace and may...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: the staff of Ibert's Mortuary - LA


Matthew Joseph Pusateri tragically passed away at the age of 26 on May 17, 2018 in Arkansas. Matthew was born and raised in Franklin and has resided in Lafayette for the past eight years.

Matthew was a loving, charismatic young man with an infectious laugh and a hilarious personality that could put a smile on anyone's face. He was a 2010 graduate of Hanson Memorial High School and was currently working at CPL Systems. Matthew was a people person who never met a stranger. He had a positive outlook on life and he lived his life to the fullest. Matthew's family played an intricate role in molding who he was and he cherished his time spent with them. He was also passionate about celebrating good times with friends. Matthew was a child at heart and he loved spending time with his nieces and nephews. He also loved to fish, golf, hunt, cook, and play video games, but more than anything he loved his wife, Erica, whom he married on April 21, 2018. Even though their love story had only just begun, Matthew and Erica were meant to be. They were perfect partners who were together for many different phases of their lives. Matthew and Erica were soul mates who adored and complemented each other in many ways. He protected and took care of her, and she was devoted to him. Matthew will be deeply missed and affectionately remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Those he leaves to cherish his memory include his wife, Erica Hahn Pusateri; his parents, Sammy Pusateri and Cindy Battaglia Pusateri; his brother, Samuel A. "Sam" Pusateri III; his father and mother-in-law, Timothy and Alice Hahn; his maternal grandmother, Theo Battaglia; aunt and uncles, Mike Pusateri and his wife Kim, Andrew Clark, Jodi Landry and her husband Jay, and Tony Battaglia and his wife Carol; sisters-in-law, Melissa Snowbarger and her husband Adam, Jessica Montoya and her husband Gabriel, Laura Breaux and her husband Jordy, and Karla Dias and her husband Dakota; cousins, Trey Landry, Saron Battaglia, Joseph Battaglia, Christopher Battaglia, Jeremy Pusateri and his wife Jennifer and their children, Miles Pusateri and his wife Lani, and Ian Clark and his wife Stacy and their children; and his nieces and nephews, Kaden and Ali (also his godchild) Snowbarger, Evelyn and Camila Montoya, Connor, Logan, and Jane Breaux, and Zoe, Emmy, and Ezra Dias.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joseph A. "Joe" Battaglia; his paternal grandparents; Samuel A. Pusateri Sr. and Dorothy Hidalgo Pusateri; his aunt, Patricia Pusateri Clark; and his grandparents-in-law, Clyde and Dolores Hahn and Helen Benge.

A gathering of family and friends will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Church of the Assumption in Franklin beginning at 9:00 a.m., with the Holy Rosary being prayed at 11:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. with Father Michael Russo as the Celebrant for the Mass and Father Lloyd Benoit, Father Oneil Landry, Father Billy Ruskoski, Father Ruben Primor, and Father Peter Emusa concelebrating. Inurnment will follow in the Franklin Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Ursula Gouner with CPL Systems, Captain Brady Gore with the Arkansas State Police, and the staff of Brazzel Funeral Home in Hope, Arkansas for their compassion and support during this difficult time.

Family and friends may view the obituary and express their condolences online by visiting www.iberts.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert's Mortuary, Inc., 1007 Main Street, Franklin, LA 70538, (337) 828-5426.