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Gail Faith Mattson

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gail Faith Mattson, 78, of Prescott, Wis., formerly of Bessemer, passed away July 17, 2020 at United Hospital in St. Paul.

Gail was born Oct. 21, 1941, in Bessemer, the daughter of Verner and Faye (Peronto) Juntunen. She attended Bessemer schools. On Jan. 24, 1959, Gail was united in marriage to the love of her life, Roland "Rollie" Mattson. Their marriage was blessed with two children, a daughter, Lynne and a son, Darrell.

Gail worked various jobs throughout her lifetime, but spent the last of her working career as a sales associate at Kmart in Cottage Grove, and as an office clerk for the Dakota County Receiving Center in Hastings, retiring in 2002.

Most important to Gail was her family. She treasured each moment shared with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She and her husband, Rollie, loved to travel out west and to Texas. In her quiet time, Gail enjoyed crocheting and knitting.

Gail will remain in the hearts of her daughter, Lynne (Matthew) Severson of Mondovi, Wisconsin; son, Darrell (Kim) Mattson of Red Wing; nine grandchildren, Leander Stenroos, Gregory (Jess) Stenroos, Candice (Russell) Bruneau, Danielle Brannigan, Heather (Benji) Orth, Melissa (Charles) Jennings, Shannon (Josh) Wilder, Benjamin Johnson and Zachary (Tricia) Johnson; nine great-grandchildren, Mya, Sawyer, Jaylyn, Wyatt, Ellie, Evan, Ozlo, Georgianna and Harold; brother, Paul Erickson; sisters, Roseanne (Bill) Ferrari and Carmen (Donald) Mussatti; sister-in-law, Arlene Juntunen; along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rollie; sister, Sherry Erickson; brother, Robert Juntunen; stepfather, Reino Erickson; and her parents, Verner and Faye Juntunen.

Graveside services will take place June 11, 2021, at noon at Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood, Michigan.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O'Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Prescott. For more information, visit