Verdaine C. Mattson, age 93, of Merrill, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born on January 2, 1927 to the late Arnold and Lucille (Yahnke) Wyland in Merrill. Verdaine attended school at Schulz Spur. She met Kenneth Mattson, and the two exchanged marriage vows on May 3, 1947 in Merrill. Sadly, Kenneth preceded her in death on February 10, 2008.
In her younger years, Verdaine worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory, Badger Hotel, Merrill Distributing and seasonally worked for the Peterson-Latzig Evergreen. Verdaine was a housewife, mother and homemaker for most of her adult life, farming and raising beef. She was a fun lady that had an infectious laugh and liked to have fun! Verdaine especially looked forward to auctions, rummage sales and having her “sister’s weekends”. Whether it was a family gathering, school shopping, or going down to the creek, everything was an adventurous and fun event. Verdaine enjoyed bowling. She and Ken would often go out dancing or playing cards with friends. Verdaine was a member of the Women’s V.F.W. Auxillary, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and the “Snow Campers” snowmobile club. Verdaine will be missed, but her happy personality will live on through those she loved.
Verdaine is survived by her children: Nick (Deborah) Mattson of Appleton, Todd (Cynthia) Mattson of Gleason, Brad (Theresa Grund) Mattson of Merrill and Gail Abegglen of Merrill, grandchildren: Jesse (Anna Fabishak), Brent (Jen), Clay (Becky), Isaac (Mandy) and Becky (Brady Goeks) Mattson, along with, Angela (Adam Rosek) Lom, Rachel (Jamie) Lane, Cody (Amanda Boyd), Clint (Trina) and Cassidy (Brianna) Rogers, Cali (Jesse) Gehrung, Chelsea and Jacob Grund and Paige (Mark) Sanders, 23 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, sisters: Delores Smith, Loretta Hulke and Sandra (Fran) Doering, brothers: Arnold (Carol) Wyland Jr. and Alan (Doris) Wyland and brother-in-law: Scott Stevenson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Kenneth, sisters: Glorian (“Rusty”) Sukow, Patricia Stevenson, Emily (David) Streich and Pearl Waldburger, son-in-law: Dennis Abegglen, brother-in-laws: John Smith and Ronald Hulke and sister-in-law: Margaret Wyland.
The funeral service for Verdaine will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 11am at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Steven Hulke will officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 10am until the time of the service, also at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Verdaine’s name may be directed to the Pine Crest Special Care Unit.
Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.