Marge Angeline Mattson
Marge Mattson died in her home on June 5. She was 97.
She was born August 17, 1922 in Tabor, Minnesota. She was raised by her sisters as her mother passed away before she was a year old. She was poor and made some money babysitting her nieces and nephews in nearby East Grand Forks, Minnesota. She was the only sibling to graduate High School where she then went on to business school in Minneapolis and met Richard Mattson.
They married after World War II in 1946 and headed west to Spokane Washington where she had three children. In 1956, she moved her children to Astoria, OR where Richard was waiting, stationed in the Coast Guard. In Astoria, she had a fourth child who died from SIDS six months later.
She was always active. As a young mother, she volunteered at her children’s schools, and began working when all her children were in school. She went to work for Sears in Seattle as an auditor working there over 30 years until retiring at age 62.
She was a strong woman who grew up in the Great Depression of the 1920’s and 1930’s. She knew how to make a dollar stretch. She only bought groceries on sale, cut milk with powdered milk, cut dishwashing detergent with water, and made good use of the prized meat freezer they had saved for. She made and mended all of her children’s clothing until they started wearing uniforms in the Catholic schools.
After retirement, she volunteered more, traveled, bowled twice a week, went for walks every day, and organized family and friends gatherings. She was a volunteer, and couldn’t just sit home after retirement, she volunteered at St Bernadette’s Parish in Burien and the Burien Senior Center until she was in her 90s.
She was a daily walker. Over the years, while walking, she would find money in the street—coin and folding. She kept it in a special jar, collecting over $150.00. She walked up until age 97. She bowled in two leagues averaging between 140 and 148. She has several awards for high games and series. She bowled at Highline Lanes until she was 95.
She loved to have gatherings of family and friends at her house in Burien. Every holiday was celebrated by family and friends there. She hosted two “Card Ladies” afternoons at her house where they played different card and board games. These were two separate groups of ladies too. She loved people getting together.
Everyone she came across, she’d make them feel important, and upon leaving, she’d tell them, “I’ll pray for you.” She was very spiritual and a devout Catholic.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna; husband, Richard; brothers, Charles, Johnny, Frank, Stephen, Joe and an infant brother; sisters, Annie, Pauline, Mary, Emma, Susie, Julia, Helen and Agnes; and daughter Maureen. She is survived by her sons, Ray and Rod; and six grandchildren.
A celebration of life was not possible at this time. Interment is in Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery.
Sister Kathleen Marie Carr, BVM
Sister Kathleen Marie Carr, BVM died Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 73.
She was born February 19, 1947, in Seattle to James Patrick and Genevieve Agnes Kuhry Carr. She entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary congregation on July 31, 1965, from Christ the King Parish, Seattle. She professed first vows on February 2, 1968, and final vows on February 2, 1974.
She was the director of campus ministry at Clarke University in Dubuque. She worked as a program administrative assistant at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She ministered as a secondary teacher in Wichita, Kansas, and in Rock Island, Illinois, where she also served as retreat director. She was a parish social ministry coordinator in Corvallis, Oregon. She served the community as initial membership coordinator.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Michael. She is survived by brothers William and Patrick; sister Mary Ann: nieces, nephews, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 55 years.
Sharing of memories via Zoom, virtual visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held on June 22, with interment in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or online at https://www.bvmsisters.org/support_donate.cfm.
- Published in Obituaries