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Gladys A. Mattson

Gladys A. Mattson Oct. 27, 1923 - Aug. 4, 2013

WILLMAR - Gladys A. Mattson, age 89, of Willmar, died Sunday, August 04, 2013 at Bethesda Heritage Center in Willmar. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Tripolis Lutheran Church, rural Kandiyohi. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar.

Gladys was born on October 27, 1923, in Willmar, Minnesota, the daughter of Gunwald and Tillie (Mickaelson) Akre. She grew up in Willmar where she attended Willmar Public Schools. On March 16, 1946, she was united in marriage to Oscar Mattson in Watertown, South Dakota. Following their marriage, they lived on a farm and Gladys worked at Town Talk Bakery and later Juba’s Super Valu in the bakery department.

She was baptized and confirmed in Willmar and was a member of Tripolis Lutheran Church ever since their marriage. Gladys was active with circle, Bible school and was always there supporting the church, along with Oscar, in whatever way needed. She also was a 4H Leader, volunteered at Willmar Regional Treatment Center and was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary. Gladys truly enjoyed all the family get-togethers at their farm where she was a gracious hostess and was a “favorite” aunt to many.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Oscar; daughter, Patsy Taylor (and Larry) Trusty of Northfield; five grandchildren, Bradley (and Cindy) Trusty, Robert (and Peggy) Trusty, Tamara (and Mark) Winter, Karmi Anna (and Matt Fujinaka) Mattson, Theodore Mattson and four great grandchildren, Joshua Winter, Rebecca Winter, Alexandra Trusty and Benjamin Trusty. Also surviving is her daughter-in-law, Linda Mattson of Beresford, SD and Marie (Elrue) Dunsmore of Waite Park.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Rev. Donald Larry Mattson; brother, Clarence Akre, four sisters, Mabel Nelson, Ann Hoogheem, Helen Heath and Ruth Martin.