Donna R. (Bergum) Mattson 1937–2020 Kenyon—Donna Rae (Bergum) Mattson, 82 of rural Kenyon passed away on Friday, November 20, 2020 at home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Donna was born on December 10, 1937 in Faribault, the daughter of Walter and Edna (Aakre) Bergum. She was baptized and confirmed at Dale Lutheran Church. Donna grew up on a farm in Cherry Grove township, attended country school and graduated from Kenyon High School in 1955 as the salutatorian of her class. She graduated from Luther College in 1957 with an elementary education degree. She taught first grade in Bloomington and Wanamingo for several years. On June 8, 1963 she married Bernard Mattson at Dale Lutheran Church in rural Kenyon. Bernie and Donna had three children, Pam, Lisa and Jeff and raised their family on the same dairy farm where Donna grew up. Donna was a faithful member of Dale Lutheran Church where she was active in Ladies Aid, Circle group, Sunday School teacher and various committees. She also enjoyed monthly meetings of the Cherri- Mingo project club group and was a leader for the Cherry Grove Busy Gophers 4-H club. Donna tirelessly worked side by side with Bernie on the farm until their retirement in 2012. She loved being outside, music, cooking and baking. Donna enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, reading and teaching them many life skills and attending their activities. Donna's most important and favorite job was raising her children and spending precious time with her grandchildren. She was strong, faithful, sweet, kind, gracious, generous, funny and loving and will be deeply missed. Donna is survived by her husband, Bernie; children, Pam (and Tom) Donkers of Faribault, Lisa Mattson- Halvorson of Lonsdale and Jeff (and Jeannie) Mattson of Kenyon; grandchildren, Adam, Ryan and Jason Donkers, Lucas and Jacob Halvorson and Max and Megan Mattson; brothers and sisters in law, Phyllis Mattson of Annandale, Don (and Marlene) Mattson of Kenyon, Darlene (and Don) Mueller of Dresser, WI, Morris (and Audrey) Mattson of Cannon Falls, and Cherie Grunzke of Itasca, IL; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Edna Bergum; brothers and sister in laws, Cliff and Jeannette Mattson, Merle Mattson and Jim Grunzke. Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home, Kenyon on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and hour prior to the service at the church. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Dale Lutheran Church with The Reverend Heather Culuris officiating. Interment will be in Dale Lutheran Cemetery. The public is invited to view the service at 2:00 pm at https://www.wearelivetoday.com/celebration-of-life.
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