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Helen R. Mattson, 93

Helen Rose Mattson, age 93, of Hutchinson, formerly of Cokato and Dassel, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Harmony River Living Century in Hutchinson.

A memorial service will take place Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato, with the Rev. Mark Little officiating. Interment of the urn will occur at a later date.

There will be a time to gather one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is handling the funeral arrangements.

Helen was born July 12, 1926, in Drammen Township, Lincoln County, the daughter of John and Lena (Johansen) Brandt. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of Stockholm Lutheran Church in rural Cokato.

Helen was united in marriage to Maynard Wigen April 8, 1944, at her parent’s home in Russell. The couple moved to a farm near Litchfield, where they lived with Maynard’s parents and brother-in-law, Marlow.

Upon Maynard’s passing, Helen and her three children moved to Litchfield, where she owned and operated Park Grocery. She had the store for many years, but sold it after she was united in marriage to Harold Mattson Aug. 31, 1968, at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield; and returned to being a farm wife, which she loved.

Helen was a very social individual, and needed to stay busy. She was constantly on the go. For 17 years, she worked for the Dassel-Cokato School District driving the school van. She absolutely loved the children she transported, who gave her so much joy.

She was an active member of the Stockholm Lutheran Church and Birthday Club. Most of all she loved to laugh, and her true passion were her friends and family.

The past two years, Helen resided at the Harmony River Living Center, where she was well cared for and loved.

She is survived by her daughters, Calla Beal of Minnetonka, and Darla (Loren) Nass of Dassel; grandchildren Stephanie (Al) Hansen, Scott (Lisa) Mattson, Ryan (Tina) Erickson, Alissa Nass, Katie (Russ) Atkinson, Lindsey (Chris) Beal, Christopher (Elisabeth) Beal, and Taylor (Justin) Fain; great-grandchildren Hunter Mattson, Boedy Erickson, Grady Erickson, Henry Atkinson, and Benny Klaus; nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her first husband, Maynard Wigen; Helen was preceded in death by her second husband, Harold Mattson; son, Gaylyn Wigen; daughter, Sharon Asplin; parents, John and Lena Brandt; and brothers Alvin Brandt and Don Brandt.

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