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Genevieve E. Mattson

Nov. 6, 1922 - Jan. 18, 2008 ATWATER -- Genevieve Ethel Mattson, 85, of Atwater, formerly of Willmar, died Friday at the Sunnyview Manor in Atwater. The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Burial will be at...

Nov. 6, 1922 - Jan. 18, 2008

ATWATER -- Genevieve Ethel Mattson, 85, of Atwater, formerly of Willmar, died Friday at the Sunnyview Manor in Atwater.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, with parish prayers at 7, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

She was born Nov. 6, 1922, in Nevis, to Peter and Ethel (Smith) Kavanagh. She grew up and received her education in Nevis.

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She married Russell Mattson on June 3, 1944. They lived in Willmar. From 1968 to 1990, she worked as a cook at various cafe's such as Lakeland Hotel, Town Talk Cafe, Golden Stack and the House of Bamboo and at St. Mary's Rectory, all in Willmar. In the 1990's she was a foster grandparent.

She was a long time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and, in 1994, she received the Bishop's Medal of Service.

She is survived by her five children: Stephen (and Diane) Mattson of Columbia Heights, Mary (and David) Heen of Clara City, Susan Cantor of St. Louis Park, Jim Mattson of St. Louis Park and Anne (and John) Nelson of Elk River; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister: Beatrice Moore of Washington.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1983; an infant child; one grandson; a son-in-law: Tony; and several brothers and sisters.

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