Muriel J. Mattson, 86

Muriel Joyce Mattson, age 86, of Howard Lake, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, at the Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center.

There will be a memorial service Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake, with interment in Swedesburg Lutheran Cemetery in Marysville Township.

Visitation will be offered Friday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.; continuing Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Muriel was born Dec. 3, 1932, in Howard Lake, to Louis and Esther (Streich) Birkholz. She grew up in Howard Lake, and was baptized and confirmed at the St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Muriel graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1950.

She married Clayton Mattson Oct. 21, 1950, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake. The couple made their home first at Dean Lake, then on the farm north of Howard Lake, where they operated a dairy farm and raised beef.

In 1958, Clayton and Muriel started Mattson Well Company.

Muriel enjoyed sewing, golf, going to the casino, and dancing.

She was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.

Muriel is survived by her children; Nola (Loyal) Staskivige of Loretto, Deborah Herbst of Delano, Kurt Mattson, and Kent Mattson, both of Howard Lake. grandchildren David Nettleton, Jason Herbst, Stephanie Schumann, Nathan Mattson, Forrest Mattson, and Amber Mattson Gruba; and great-grandchildren Brandon Nettleton, Clark Herbst, one on the way, Ethan Ragan, Dylan Mattson, Kane Koerner, Alexa and Kasja Schumann, and Skylor and Devin Gruba.

She is also survived by her sister, Lavonne Stueven of Waconia.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Esther Birkholz; husband Clayton; son John, and a brother, Ken Birkholz.

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