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Passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Age 25 years. Beloved son of Robin and Jeff. Much loved brother of Deva (Jordan) Murphy. Treasured grandson of Kathleen and Robert Mathiesen. Cherished nephew of Renee (Phil Gleason) Monson, Rolf Monson, Regina (Douglas) Weber, Kevin (Tonya) Dupuis and Christopher (Veronica) Dupuis. Held closely by Ariana Filiatrault. Lovingly remembered by many cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at HALES CORNERS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 12300 W. Janesville Rd. from 4:00 PM until 5:45 PM with Service at 6:00 PM.

Ethan was a graduate of UW- LaCrosse with a degree in psychology. He was a very talented musician playing guitar, piano and percussion. Ethan loved watching and playing sports, especially basketball, and was an avid fan of the Lakers.

Ethan valiantly battled mental health and substance abuse issues and hoped someday to use his experience to help others in their recovery. Many family and friends walked with him during his journey in recovery and we are so proud of him.

If so desired, memorials to Aurora Behavioral Health Services-The Opiate Recovery Program are suggested. This Recovery Program provides treatment for substance abuse recovery.

Past Comments

Mary Hargarten

Robin, I am so sorry to hear about the sudden death of your son Ethan. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and may God give you the strength to deal with such a heartbreaking loss.

Mary Hargarten

Mary R

Dear Robin and Jeff

So Sorry for the loss of Ethan.The worst pain in this world,
for a parent,is the loss one of their child..Take Comfort of knowing that this tragedy has not unnoticed by God ,He will give you the strengthen needed to endure this days ahead. Psalms 34:18″ God is near those brokenhearted and is close those crushed in spirit”.. May every memories bring Joy and Peace, God bless and comfort you during these difficult days ahead.
Best Regards.


Robin and Jeff,

I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. I pray that God will hold you and your family in the palm of His hand and comfort you with His peace.

Dawn Stallworth

Alyssa Engelman

On December 27th the world lost a beautiful soul.

Ethan, you were my first boyfriend and you were my first love. I was lucky to be a part of your world and know you in a way many didn’t. Your complexity was always so intriguing to me. We learn from the people we spend time with and I will consider it an honor to continue to celebrate your life, through teaching others some of the life lessons you have taught me.

Your friends and family need to remember you weren’t only beautiful because of those piercing blue eyes, or your dashing smile, but you were beautiful because of your ability to connect with all of us through your passion of music, love of sports, witty humor and appreciation for life’s little moments.

I will forever cherish thinking about the smile on your face when you played your guitar and piano… because in those precious times, you were in your own version of paradise. That paradise will never be taken away from you. You may have not had an easy time in this short life, but throughout your almost 26 years you have inspired more people than you could have ever known. We are all faced with challenges and demons every day, and if you taught me anything, it is to remember to never take hard work, dedication, and willingness to allow ourselves to be open and vulnerable for granted. Those traits are rare and you excelled at all of them.

Our world became a little more dim on December 27th, but we gained one more angel to help light our paths.

Love always.

Beth Davis

Jeff and Family:

I just heard the news from Corinna, my heart breaks for you. May God comfort you in your time of grief and prayers for healing for all.

Beth Davis
Houghton, MI

Libda Hansen

Robin and Jeff: I’m so very sorry for your tragic loss. My God comfort you and may your memories bring you joy.
Linda Hansen

Marliss Baacke

Jeff, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Corrina just emailed me. May God hold your family in the palm of His hand and give you comfort.

Marliss (McD’s)

Ross Phillips

Robin and Jeff –

Though there really are no words to adequately comfort you right now, I will still say that I am deeply sorry for your tragic loss. Celebrate Ethan’s life, let yourselves be as sad as you need to be, and hang onto God with both hands.

– Ross Phillips

David & LuAnn Baker

Lit a candle in memory of Ethan Monson-Dupuis

Tim McElrone

Jeff and Robin, I just heard about Ethan. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the pain you guys must be feeling. Our prayers go out for you and the family. Not sure if I can make it tonight, but I’ll try.

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