Dietta Lenore Mattson, age 95, of Dassel, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at the Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
She was born Dec. 14, 1913, in Dassel, the daughter of Claude and Minnie (Mattson) Clement. Dietta grew up in the Lake Jennie area, where she attended district school for her elementary education, and graduated from the Hutchinson High School.
After graduating from high school, Dietta attended nursing training and received her RN licensure.
Dietta was united in marriage to Reuben Mattson Feb. 21, 1938, in Litchfield. They made their home in Dassel until 1953, when they moved to Alexandria.
In 1960, Dietta and Reuben moved back to Litchfield, where they resided for many years. Dietta moved to Dassel following Reuben’s death.
A caring person who always had time to take care of others, Dietta was a surgical nurse for 20 years at the Litchfield Hospital, now known as Meeker Memorial Hospital. When they made their home in Alexandria, she was employed at the Alexandria hospital.
Dietta loved to knit, read, and do crossword puzzles. She was loved by her family, and was considered a grandmother to all. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her grandson, Carter Mattson, and daughter-in-law Charlotte Mattson, both of Calera, OK; sister Bernice Anderson of Wadena; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Dietta was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben, June 9, 1978; her son, Bruce; her parents, a brother, Delmar Clement; a sister, Eva (Hardy) Tichy; and brothers in law, Clifford Hardy, Bill Tichy, and Donald Anderson.
The funeral service took place Friday, May 22 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. John Peterson officiating. Congregational hymns were “Borning Cry,” and “God Be With You Tell We Meet Again.” The Benson family sang a selection of songs, and the pianist was Florine Osness. Interment was at the Dassel Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday evening, May 21 from 5 to to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Casket bearers were Carter Mattson, Jim Mattson, Richard Anderson, James Anderson, Jon Benson, Ronald Freeman, and Stuart Johnson.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.