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Gladys Mattson

July 24, 1920-March 10, 2012

Former Osage resident Gladys Etta Mattson, 91, of Park Rapids, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012 with her children by her side at Heritage Cottage in Park Rapids.

Gladys was born to Ira and Amy (Lemon) Burlingame on July 24, 1920 in Carsonville Township, Ponsford, as one of five children. Gladys attended the Linnell School as a child.

On April 9, 1942 Gladys married Richard O. Mattson at the Osage Baptist Church. This union was blessed with four children: Patricia, Sandra, Ron and Russ. They ran a dairy farm southeast of Osage until 1962, when they moved into Osage and built their new home.

Gladys also worked for Osage Manufacturing for 15 years and the housekeeping department for 3M/Wonewok Retreat Center from 1962 until her retirement in 1982.

Gladys was known to all as an excellent cook and baker. She enjoyed growing large gardens of vegetables and beautiful flowers. She was a long time member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman.

Surviving Gladys are her daughter, Sandra (Joel) Nelmark of Menahga; two sons, Ron (Lorretta) Mattson and Russ (Judy) Mattson, both of Osage; one son-in-law, Chuck Becker of Grand Rapids; 18 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; four step-great-great grandchildren; sister, Ethel Kivinen of Park Rapids; two sisters-in-law, Betty Burlingame of Houston, Texas and Senia Lindbom of Park Rapids; brother-in-law, Edwin Mattson of Detroit Lakes; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Preceding Gladys in death were her parents, Ira and Amy; husband of 62 years, Richard; daughter, Patricia Becker, whom she lost in 1996; two grandchildren, Joshua and Rachel Mattson; two brothers, Royce and Ivan; and one sister, Helen Olson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids and for one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Snellman, with Reverend Eddie Hosch officiating. The organist will be Evelyn Wehmas.

Casketbearers are Joel Becker, Richard Becker, Brian Nelmark, Daniel Nelmark, Ross Mattson, Ryan Mattson and Jessica Mattson.

Honorary casketbearers are Amy Donaldson, Jeff Becker, Lisa Eischens, Karen Wyttenback, LeAnn Nelmark, Robert Nelmark, Tracie Koskela, Geralyn Mikesh, Rory Mattson, Roth Mattson and Staff Sgt. Travis Mattson.

Interment will be in Snellman Cemetery.

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