Mayme Elina Mattson, age 99, formerly from Sebeka, Minnesota passed away December 29, 2018 with her family by her side at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga.
She was born December 7, 1919 to Peter and Hilda (Laitinen) Sarkela in Meadow Township, Wadena County.
She attended country school at District 56 “Meadowlark School” in Meadow Township.
Prior to her marriage she was head cook at Shady Lane Nursing Home in Wadena and also owned a Dress Shop in Sebeka with her sister Hilma and sister-in-law Lila Sarkela.
She married Chester Mattson August 7, 1954 and made their home in Sebeka raising their children Michael, Dale, Richard, and Kathryn. Mayme was a caring stay-at-home mother who was there for them every day. She was a great baker. She and Chester cooked a special Sunday dinner each week for all the families. The combination of her baking and Chester’s cooking skills made for great meals and memories over the years. She made a different pie each week. At Christmas time she enjoyed sharing her Aunt Sally cookies and Prune Tarts. She enjoyed making quilts, mittens, and scarves for her family.
She moved to Woodside Assisted Living in Menahga in 2005 and resided there until 2015. She moved to Green Pine Acres Nursing Home at that time. She enjoyed a very active life at both places playing games with her friends. She enjoyed people and quickly became your friend. She had a great sense of humor and could get anyone to laugh. She enjoyed the staff at both facilities very much.
She was a lifelong member of the Sebeka Apostolic Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by husband, Chester; daughter, Kathryn Johnson; brothers: William, Albert, Elmer, Emil, Edward and Arvid and sister Hilma.
She will be lovingly remembered and missed by children: Michael (Linda) Mattson of Menahga, Dale (Sara) Mattson of Minnetonka, Richard (Janet) Mattson of Sebeka, son-in-law, Steven Johnson of Sebeka; grandchildren: Christopher (Stacy) Johnson of Milnor, North Dakota, Alicia (Jared) Roelofs of Barnesville, Alan Mattson of Burnsville, Stephanie Mattson of Fort Thomas, Kentucky and Jason Mattson of Duluth.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Sebeka. Friends may call at the Wevley Funeral Home in Sebeka from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 3 and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment services will be held at the Meadow Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery.
All arrangements are being handled by the Wevley Funeral Home. Please go to www.wevleyfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences.