Esther Mattson, 90, Rochester, MN formerly of Thief River Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at St Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, with her loving family by her side.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Wollenzein officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls.

Esther Jeanette Hanson was born August 23, 1928 to Anna (Steien) Hanson and Herman Hanson of Lancaster, MN.  After graduating from Lancaster High School in 1946, Esther moved to Grand Forks, ND where she attended Aaker’s Business School.

Esther married Clifton Mattson at Sion Lutheran Church in Lancaster on March 13, 1955. They made their first home together in Grand Marais, MN where Cliff was stationed with the Minnesota State Patrol. They moved to Thief River Falls in the fall of 1955. Their son Robert was born in 1956 and their daughter Linda in 1959.

Esther has been employed both with Independent School District 564 and with the Thief River Falls Area Vocational Technical Institute.

She was a long-time and very active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for many years, until health concerns necessitated that she moved to Rochester to be closer to family. Esther enjoyed knitting, sewing and baking. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter.  She will be missed deeply by family and many friends.

She is survived by her sister Helen of Hallock, MN, son Robert (Michele) of Blaine, MN, daughter Linda (Tom) Paltzer of Rochester, granddaughters, Melissa (John Lindstrom) Mattson of Andover and Chloe Paltzer of Rochester and great-granddaughter, Eliana Lindstrom of Andover, and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents and grandparents.

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