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Obituary for Mattson Dorothy
Dorothy E. Mattson, 90, was born into eternal life on Wednesday, October 27, 2010. Dorothy was born April 26, 1920 to Clarence and Alice Miller in Clayton, Wisconsin. She married Lester Mattson on October 18, 1941. To this union, 4 children were born.
Dorothy’s life was defined by her service to the community. She taught for more than three decades, mainly at Luck Elementary. In many ways, she never stopped teaching and delighted in watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and learn. She continued her service to Luck Schools as a volunteer teacher, mentor and assembly coordinator for the newsletter. She was a faithful servant to her church, Laketown Lutheran. She served in many capacities and leadership roles at the church, never missing an opportunity to lend a helping hand. She was a willing contributor and worked tirelessly at the church bazaars, pancake suppers, and other events at church, perfecting the recipe for Lutheran coffee and a hearty hot-dish. She also started the furnace in the church and parish hall before each Sunday’s services, often shoveling her own way through the snow.
Dorothy was an avid volunteer with Interfaith Caregivers, the Natural Alternative Coop, Skonewood Christian Retreat, Kinship and many others. She recently surpassed the 1700 hour mark of volunteer service to St. Croix Hospital. She also spearheaded fifteen years as leader of an American Cancer Society Walk for Life team with her friends from Laketown Lutheran. When asked about all of her volunteer work, she said, “To me, this work has been a real privilege."
Dorothy had a very independent spirit. She lived in her own home until shortly before her death and regularly helped her son Bill out in the barn. Dorothy’s long life was likely due in part to her commitment to exercise. She kept a schedule of three times per week in a water aerobics group. She enjoyed feeding the birds, reading, keeping a window full of plants and gardening. She maintained many lifelong friendships and made many new friends along the way. She really took pleasure in spending time with family and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; parents, Clarence and Alice; brothers, Merlin, Milton and James; and sisters, Beulah Dittloff and Cass Wells.
Survivors include her sister, Alice May Boe; sisters-in-law, Memory Miller, Evelyn Miller, Lorraine Miller; brother-in-law, Fred Wells; children, Diane (Gary) Nelson, Bob (Sue) Mattson, Bill (Irene) Mattson and Terry (Patti) Mattson; 9 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and great friends.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Cushing with Pastor Dorothy Sandahl presiding.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck.
Burial will take place at the Laketown Cemetery in Laketown Township at a later date.
Please check back for further updates. For assistance, call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444; http://www.rowefh.com/ or http://www.wicremationcenter.com/
Rowe Funeral Home, Luck, WI was entrusted with arrangements.