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December 30, 1950 ~ January 1, 2024 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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Bernice Linda Matson, age 73 of Wadena, MN passed away Monday, January 1, 2024, at Fair Oaks Lodge, Wadena, MN.
Bernice was born to Edward and Florence (Kettunen) Matson on December 30, 1950, in Park Rapids, MN. Bernice was baptized and confirmed in the Apostolic Lutheran Faith. She attended school in Sebeka, MN and attended the Brainerd Vocational Technical Institute and received her certification as a Food Service Worker on January 31, 1975.
Bernice enjoyed fishing, swimming, and working on numerous crafts. She always loved the time she spent at summer camp. She loved visiting with family and friends and enjoyed her coffee. Bernice learned the Finnish Language before she learned English and was known for her Finn-glish up until she passed away. She would throw in a word or two of Finnish whenever speaking with someone.
Bernice lived at Humphrey Manor for several years, also a number of the group homes in Wadena before becoming a resident at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena. Bernice also enjoyed hearing God's Word, attending church until she was no longer mobile. Everyone loved her kindness, infectious laughter, and sweet smile. She will be dearly missed by everyone that knew her.
Bernice is survived by her sister, Carol Haataja of Deer Creek, MN; two brothers, Lester (Helen) Mattson of Menahga, MN and Clarence Matson of St Cloud, MN; one aunt, Lorraine Macho of Motley, MN and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins too numerous to mention.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Florence; four sisters, Lillian, Irene, Virginia and Beverly; five brothers, Raymond, Marvin, Alben, Leslie, and Clyde; and a great-nephew Jacob Haataja also numerous aunts and uncles, and cousins.