Jean Mattison

Jean E. Hogie Mattison, age 89, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Stoughton Hospital.  She was born Oct. 2, 1923, in her home, 501 W. Main St., Stoughton.  Her parents, Josie Aasen Larum Hogie and John Hogie, had moved to Stoughton from their farm at the intersection of Route 138 and Hogie Road, south of Stoughton. That farm was started by Jean’s grandparents, who emigrated from Norway.

Jean was married to Bernhard (Barney) Mattison, whose parents owned the Home Bakery (now Fosdahl’s). Barney served in the army during WWII and died in Stoughton Aug. 12, 1995.
Jean graduated from Stoughton High School and Whitewater College with a degree in business. She took over her father’s insurance agency when he became ill, a business she conducted from her home until her retirement. She was a prominent member of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce.  She attended church at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (now Covenant Lutheran).
Jean loved to play golf and was tutored by Karl Geiler at the Stoughton Country Club, where she was a champion. She encouraged Barney to play golf with her, and he encouraged her to hunt with him. They traveled the state in their Harley-Davidson motorcycle and hunted pheasant near Stoughton and deer in the north. Jean was famous for shooting a bear near Tomahawk; its skin became a rug in her office. They had several beloved hunting dogs, one of whom was named William Butler Yeats after the poet. Barney and Jean loved to garden and grew vegetables and grapes in their yard. Each year, they made wine from their own grapes and labeled it “Norwegian Happiness.”

Jean is survived by her nieces, Mary Lou Birkett Goodfriend (Ted) of Madison, Joan Brown of Chicago and Jacqueline Pettiford of Chicago; and their children and grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were Jean’s sisters, Adelean Cottingham (Billy) of Benton and Dolores Birkett (Louis) of Hammond, Ind.; and brother, Earl Hogie (Vivian Brewer) of Crystal Lake, Ill.
Jean’s family wishes to give thanks for the attentive and loving care she received from the staffs at Harmony House and Stoughton Hospital and the doctors at Dean Care Stoughton. Her church and its Pastors Mark Petersen and George Carlson wrapped her in love and kindness. We also want to thank Jean’s loyal friends in Stoughton and elsewhere in Wisconsin for their support and kindness.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Covenant Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Van Buren. A visitation was held one hour prior to service. A luncheon followed in the church fellowship hall. Donations were suggested to Covenant Lutheran Church, Stoughton.

Cress Funeral Service
206 W. Prospect St.
Stoughton, WI 53589

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