THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: February 28, 2013
Levine Lee Mattson, 89, of Menominee passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 19 at her home.
Born Aug. 17, 1923 in Fergus Falls, Minn., she was the daughter of Ole and Betsy (Johnson) Sletten. She spent her early life in Fergus Falls before moving with her first husband, Leo Johnson to Chicago, where they raised three children.
She and her family moved to Wildwood, Ill. where she began working for Anchor Coupling, later residing in Grayslake. In the years following her marriage to Donald R. Mattson, they became residents of Menominee, living there for over 20 years. Her life always focused on her devotion to family and friends. She also loved many things in life, animals, music, dancing, books, writing poetry and the sun. In her retirement she demonstrated her love of animals through volunteer work at the Menominee Animal Shelter. She was also a volunteer for the BAMC Auxiliary and member of the Menominee Womans Club and the Rebekah Lodge.
She is survived by two children, Steven Neal (Deborah) Johnson of Hamilton, Ill. and Shari Lynn (James) Eide of Champaign, Ill.; a brother, Orvin Sletten of Salem, Ore. and her two closest friends, Mary Ann Langill of Menominee and Iona Brekke of Fergus Falls, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald R. Mattson; a son, Scott Leo Johnson and two sisters, Palma Martin and Thora Eide, both of Fergus Falls.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, Menominee with Rev. Jon Nelson officiating. Memorial donations are suggested to the Menominee Animal Shelter. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home of Marinette assisted the family.