Mattson, Nancy - Obituaries | Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative

Mattson, Nancy


1935 - 2023

Nancy passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 27th, 2023 at Englehart and District Hospital at 88 years of age. Nancy was predeceased by her loving husband, Helge, of 61 years.

Proud mother of Cindy, Wanda, Eric (Ingrid) and Aaron (Sandra). Cherished Grandma to Kaitlan, Kayla and Elsi. She was predeceased by her father, Yrjo Branny, mother, Amalia Selma Maki, brother, Jorma Branny and grandparents Hjalmar and Ida Lindros. She considered Signe (Sally) and Sven (Spin) Wallsten her adoptive parents.

Nancy’s greatest joys were her family, her close friends and the endless wonders and glory that Mother Nature provided. To know her is to know that she loved wildlife, befriending the many creatures that inhabit the woods by the family cottage that she and Helge built. Her family was inspired by her appreciation of nature, hard work ethic and the importance of helping others.

In her youth, she was an accomplished athlete, a member of the Finnish sports clubs, winning many events at competitions throughout northern Ontario. She was a tiny but mighty competitor in the sports of track and field, gymnastics and cross country skiing. As an adult she continued to participate in sports activities including cross country skiing, bowling and curling and became an enthusiastic figure skating super fan with her dear friend, Jenny, which gave her the opportunity to do some travelling. Her other hobbies included ice fishing, mandolin and accordion playing, reading poetry, playing cards, dancing and gardening.

In the mid-1950’s she worked at Eaton’s in Kirkland Lake, first at the switchboard then in the accounting department. After she married, she devoted her life to caring for her children and husband. Though born in Canada, she helped to maintain her Finnish heritage by speaking the language and cooking traditional dishes. She embodied the Finnish SISU spirit.

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Cindy and Mattson family

I’m so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please accept my most sincere condolences.

Cindy (Whittle) Charette, June 30, 2023

The Mattson Family

Nancy was such a lady and watching her an Helge dance was a sight to behold. She was blessed with a wonderful family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Brian and Mary Culhane, June 30, 2023

Cindy, Wanda ,Eric, and Aaron

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom..I am so glad i stopped by there and had a great conversation with Nancy recently..Helge and Nancy were a part of our childhood and held a special place in our hearts ...I shall never forget them and glad they are together again...Find comfort in knowing they were a special couple and parents..RIP till we all meet again Sincerely Barbara, and Marion Lingenfelter and families xxxxx

Barbara Mooreand Milne Rennie, June 30, 2023

Cindy, Wanda and family

I am sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a very nice person and always a class act. My thoughts are with you.

Michelle Turner, June 30, 2023

Mattson family

To Cindy and Wanda, you know how much I cherished my friendship with Nancy especially during my 15 years living in Kirkland. You will all miss your mom/grandmother terribly but know her good friends will miss her too. She was so welcoming and kind. Know that I am sending lots of love and prayers during this difficult time.

Joan Lemire, June 30, 2023

Cindy, Wanda, Eric, Aaron

My heart is breaking for you and with you. My life has been so enriched because of Nancy.

Diane and Jim Wilson, June 30, 2023

Cindy Wanda Eric and Aaron

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very special person and cared for me for many years when I was young. Take care. Your mom is a very special person and will remain special in all our lives. Lois

Lois smith, July 1, 2023

Mattson family

It was a pleasure to have Nancy (nan) as a nany to my family. We developed such a neighborly loving connection. ️ we will definitely miss her beautiful smile and motherly advice, as well as her stories with Helgie. So thankful to have such wonderful memories.
I gained two beautiful older sisters that I so needed.. ..and will cherish that for years to come as well. Knowing the two oldest sons, the Mattson legacy will carry on with great pride out at Round lake for years ahead. May God bless you all throughout this difficult time.
Love Cheryl, Heather and Adam Doner.
Rest in peace my dear friend, and nany Nancy. Xoxo ️

Cheryl Doner, July 1, 2023

The Mattson Family

I am so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. I bowled with your parents many years ago at Mary's (Jerry's) bowling alley and we became good friends. My sincere condolences.

Charlene & Rick Owen, July 1, 2023

Mattson Family

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I have always enjoyed my visits with Nancy and she will be truly missed. Please accept my condolences.

Jen Ivanov, July 2, 2023

The Mattson family

Heartfelt condolences at this difficult time to Cindy, Kaitlan, Kayla, and all family and friends who were lucky enough to have this beautiful person in their life. What a perfect example of a warm and loving mother and grandmother. May she rest in peace and leave those of us behind to cherish our memories.

Maureen Church (MacInnis), July 3, 2023

Mattson Family

We are sorry to hear of Nancys passing. She was a very kind and gentle lady. Always enjoying the cottage and friends.

Rose and Jeff Grant, July 4, 2023

Kaitlan, Kayla, and Aunt Cindy

My deepest condolences to you all! I'm sorry to hear of her passing! Your grandma and mom was so sweet! She was very welcoming and had a great laugh, and funny stories!! I hour visit a few years back turned into closer to 3, I believe!

Katherine MacInnis , July 5, 2023

The Mattson family

My condolences to the family, sending prayers your way during this hard time. Will be thinking of you!

Mac Innis Family, July 5, 2023

The Mattson Family

It is with great sorrow to learn of Nancy's passing. She was one of a kind! We have great memories of the years past. May you find only the great memories of her life.

June and Chuck Wallsten, July 6, 2023

The Mattson Family

So sorry for your loss. she was a mom to all the tower street kids growing up.

ROB TAYLOR, July 6, 2023

Cindy, Wanda, Eric and Aaron

So sorry for the loss of Nancy. She was a beautiful person. I have many good memories to hold on to and am so glad my daughters had her as their grandmother. They will miss her dearly.

William MacInnis, July 6, 2023

Cindy, Wanda, Eric (Ingrid) and Aaron (Sandra) and family

She will be missed, however you can be re-assured she is reunited with her Helge. May she Rest in Peace and may they both be fondly remembered as proud Round Lake cottagers and Kirkland Lakers.

Henri & Cindy Fillion, July 7, 2023

The Mattson Family

Ruth(Luoma) and I would like to send our condolences to all of the Mattson family.
Helge,s farm was behind Ruth,s family farm on the Marquis road,behind the Finnish cemetary.Ruth and I moved up there in 2005,and my wife introduced me to Helge and Nancy.They were a very nice couple and interesting to talk to because they had so many interesting stories to tell.I was glad that I got to know them.
Now they,helge and Nancy will be together,for ever more.

Tom & Ruth(Luoma) Richardson, July 15, 2023

Mattson family.

My sincere condolences to the whole Mattson family on your loss. Thoughts and prayers.

Shawn Whelan, July 25, 2023

Wanda and family

I hope you can cherish the many good memories you have of your mother, especially her love for the wilderness, the north, and her strong heritage. Sending love and condolences — Eamon (and Henry)

E MacDonald, August 19, 2023

Cindy, Wanda, Eric, Aaron

My greatest sympathy to you all. Your mom was a lovely woman and I have many childhood memories of her. Hopefully dad met up with her and is laughing about old times. Love and light to you all.

Nicole Allard, August 23, 2023


Dear Wanda:

I am sorry to hear of your Mother's passing away. I hope you can be comforted by the good Word of God. I encourage you to read Psalms 22, 23, 24.

I remember you as a very good student in either Grade 5 or 6, I think. That's about 50 years ago!

Murray Pratt

Murray Pratt, October 16, 2023