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Helen Matson

August 29, 1920 — April 24, 2010

Helen L. Matson, 89, of Detroit Lakes, MN died Saturday, April 24, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home surrounded by family and staff. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Friends may call from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 27, 2010 with a prayer service at 6:30 P.M. at Furey Funeral Home in Frazee. The visitation will continue 1 hour prior to the service at the nursing home on Wednesday. A luncheon will be held at the Emmanuel Nursing Home following the funeral service for all to attend. Interment will be held in Chilton Cemetery. Casketbearers will be: Joshua Thorsvig, Tyrel Mischke, Tom Schielke, Grace Matson, Jesse Trusty, Gary Wood, Bonnie Schielke, & Dale Matson. Honorary casketbearers will be: Ron Frey, Roger Engstrom, Clem Niesen & Jerry Cleveland. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Furey Funeral Home. To leave memories and condolences, visit

Helen Lorraine Matson was born August 29, 1920 to John and Amanda (Keller) Wood in Jamestown, North Dakota. Helen's family lived in several communities as she grew up. She graduated from Detroit Lakes High School with the class of 1938. Following graduation, she gained employment at Bryngalson's CafAC. in Detroit Lakes where she met her husband, Pete Matson. Pete and Helen were united in marriage on January 2, 1942 in Detroit Lakes. This union was blessed with 8 children: Laura, John, Dale, Warren, Fern, Kristi, Lilly, and Bonnie. The young family made their home on a farm in rural Frazee. Along with raising her family, Helen worked at the Frazee Turkey Plant, Swift and Company in Detroit Lakes, Erie Jr. in Detroit Lakes and later at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes, retiring in 1982.

When Helen was not busy with her family and work, Helen enjoyed crocheting, knitting, embroidering, and watching TV game shows. She was a fan of the MN Twins. Helen especially enjoyed time that she spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Helen is survived by 6 children: Laura (Jerry) Smith of Vida, OR, Dale (Grace) Matson of Frazee, Fern Schurdevin (Ron Burg) of Vergas, Kristi (Kelly) Ruud of Twin Valley, MN, Lilly (Jeff) Romberg of Lake Park, MN, & Bonnie (Tom) Schielke of Jamestown, ND; 12 grandchildren;13 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, June Wood of Detroit Lakes; and 2 daughters-in-law, Julie Matson of Frazee and Irene Matson of Frazee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete; 2 sons: John & Warren; 1 grandson, Billy Schurdevin; and 1 brother, Jack Wood.
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