Josephine A. Matthies
Josephine A. Matthies, age 84, of Faribault, died on Monday, December 21, 2009, at her home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Faribault, on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery, Faribault.
Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Sunday, December 27th from 2 to 7 p.m. and also on Monday for one hour prior to the service.
Jo was born on December 14, 1925 in Faribault to Adrian and Whilhelmina (Bongers) Maas. She married Ronald A. Matthies on January 21, 1942 at St. Lawrence Church, Faribault. He preceded her in death on April 28, 1988. She later married Edward N. Gillen on February 12, 1993 and he preceded her in death on September 14, 2007.
She was previously employed at the Faribault Regional Center and by the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf for 29 years prior to her retirement. Jo cherished her family and loved them unconditionally. Religion was very important to her as she was an active volunteer for many organizations, including the Daughters of Isabella, CCW, Meals on Wheels, the Eagles Auxiliary and the Faribault Senior Center. She also sang in the Paradisum Choir and at area nursing homes, served as a Eucharistic minister and worked at the BA Food Stand at the Rice County Fair and the Dakota County Fair. She also loved bowling and playing cards with her family and friends.
She is survived by her six children, Mary Ann Thompson of Faribault, Dick (and Sandy) Matthies of Bloomington, JoAnn (and Bernie) Murphy of Aurora, CO, Larry Matthies of Faribault, Jan (and Larry) Odegard of Northfield and Dale (and Deb) Matthies of Merrifield; 17 grandchildren, April (and Kyle) Bendt, Dawn (and Jim) Jandro, Todd (and Sarah) Matthies, Tim (Angie) Matthies, Mark (and Missy) Matthies, Heidi Langford, Michael (and Linda) Hein, James (and Priscilla) Hein, Michael Murphy, Todd (and Cindy) Murphy, Troy (and Mary) Murphy, Mindy (and Bryan) Berkner, Leslie (and Steve) Koepke, Jenny Odegard, Kathy (and Eric) Witkey, Brandon Matthies and Cody Matthies; 34 great grandchildren; 5 great, great grandchildren; three siblings, Harriet Reuvers of Faribault, Edward Maas of Faribault and Donald (and Kathy) Maas of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She is also survived by 12 step children from her marriage to Ed Gillen: Theresa Eberhardy of Inver Grove Heights, Patricia (and Spencer) Wilker of Faribault, Susan (and Jose) Pagan of Richfield, Elizabeth (and Richard) Dupuis of Ellisville, MO, Judith (and William) Hauer of Oakdale, Michelle Gillen of Northfield, and Rosemarie Boskowitz of St. Cloud, FL, Nicholas Gillen of Farmington, Anthony (and Gail) Gillen of Faribault, Edward (and Toni) Gillen of Faribault, Jonathon (and Doris) Gillen of New Prague, and Andrew Gillen of Farmington and all of their children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; a son, Michael; a great grandson, Dillon Bendt; a son in law, Frank "Butch" Thompson; and four siblings, Bernard and James Maas, Bertha Hirdler and Dorothy Hausen.
Aunt Jo was a wild and active woman. We invited her (and Ed) to my son's graduation reception some 17 years ago. They arrived, mingled and proceeded to play cards. The card playing lasted until 1:00 AM the following morning, we almost had to 'kick them out' becuase we were so tired from the festivites. Aunt Jo was like the energizer bunny, 'kept going and going". Upon meetign her she always knew my name, my kids names, and when asked about herself had positive things to say. What an AWESOME life she had. Instead of thinking of her own life challenges, her efforts were spent doing and thinking of others. You go aunt Jo! Tell my dad hello when you meet and request the Beer Barrel Polka for a dance with him in heaven! Family members: think of how blessed you were to have someone like this in your life and when you do something for others, Josephine will be watching from above (and smiling down with love). Cindy Delesha
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are never alone. Turn to the Holy Scriptures for guidance and to help soothe your heart. Psalms 34;18 assures us that God is near to those broken at heart and crushed in spirit. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Jo was such an accepting person, welcoming, and warm in her embrace of all of us as she joined the Gillens! She always asked about our family and verbalized her concern and caring with such sincerity. She will surely be missed by many. She left us one year to the date our Dad did, joining the heavenly choir to be with them for Christmas! How special is that!