Kathryn Violet Mattson, age 70, of Dassel, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.
She was born Feb. 27 , 1948, in Litchfield, the daughter of Rudolph and Violet (Johnson) Johnson. Kathryn grew up in the Dassel area, and graduated from the Dassel High School,
She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of the Lamson Evangelical Free church.
Kathryn was united in marriage to Gayle Mattson Aug. 12, 1966, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. They made their home in Cokato until 1969, when they moved to Kathryn’s parents’ farm.
In 2001, they moved to Fairhaven, where they lived for 13 years before moving back to Dassel, where Kathryn had since resided.
She was an integral part of the family business, Johnson Seed Company, where she was part owner, secretary, and held other positions within the company.
Kathryn was an accomplished musician and had served as the Lamson Evangelical Free Church organist for numerous years. She also loved to play piano, and had a wonderful voice.
She enjoyed attending southern gospel concerts, gardening, was an avid reader, and often stayed up late to finish a book she was reading. Kathryn enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends for holidays and special events in her home.She held her family dear to her heart and attended many special events her grandchildren were in.
Kathryn enjoyed learning new things and would sometimes take community education classes. She was dedicated to her family, and was married to her husband (Gayle) for 52 years.
Kathryn is survived by her husband, Gayle Mattson of Dassel; children Spencer (Michelle) Mattson of Dassel, and Leslie (Randal) Erickson of Rogers; grandchildren Emalie (Jordan Frericks), Evan, Miah, Madeline and Micah Mattson, Lydia, Greta and Anika Erickson, and Alexandra Packard and her special friend, Colfay Pointer; and great-grandchild Avery Frericks.
She is further survived by siblings Charles (Vanh Sisaket) Johnson of Dassel, and Bruce (Kathy) Johnson of Delano; mother-in-law Marjorie Mattson of Cokato; sisters-in-law Bernelle (Larry) Hansen of Cokato, and Barbara Price of San Diego, CA; brother-in-law Douglas Conboy of Mora; and several nieces, nephews, and numerous other relatives.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Violet Johnson; daughter Lara Packard; father-in-law Milton Mattson; sister-in-law Beverly Conboy; brother-in-law James Price; and a niece, Heather Hansen.
Kathryn’s funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at the Lamson Evangelical Free Church in Dassel, with Pastor Mike Newsom officiating. Interment was at the Pioneer Cemetery in rural Dassel.
There was visitation Sunday, Jan. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, continuing Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.