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Francis Mattis

October 21, 1921 - April 6, 2014

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Francis Mattis, 92, of Stone Lake, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014. His smile, laughter and positive outlook will be missed by all that knew him.
Francis Mattis was born on October 21, 1921. The youngest child of George and Veronica Mattis, Francis was raised on a farm in the community of Wooddale, east of Birchwood in the town of Edgewater. He had one sister, Margaret and four brothers named Joseph, John, George, and Thomas. Francis attended a one-room school house for his elementary years and graduated from Birchwood High School.
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Francis Mattis, 92, of Stone Lake, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014. His smile, laughter and positive outlook will be missed by all that knew him.
Francis Mattis was born on October 21, 1921. The youngest child of George and Veronica Mattis, Francis was raised on a farm in the community of Wooddale, east of Birchwood in the town of Edgewater. He had one sister, Margaret and four brothers named Joseph, John, George, and Thomas. Francis attended a one-room school house for his elementary years and graduated from Birchwood High School.
On October 25, 1941 he was joined in marriage to Audrey May Rowlingson of Couderay, WI. They moved to Hammond, Indiana, where Francis worked in an open hearth for Inland Steel. In 1944, Francis was inducted into the Navy. He served as a radar specialist in the South Pacific theatre aboard the cruiser Akron and later served on the Spangler, a destroyer escort carrier.
After the war Francis, Audrey and their young daughter, Carolyn moved to Stone Lake where the rest of their children were born. Francis built and refurbished their little white house on the lake including all the beautiful stone work with the advice of his father-in-law, Newell. While in Stone Lake, Francis became a jack of all trades providing for his growing family. His jobs included logging, hunting, trapping and working as a section hand on the old Soo Line Railroad. In 1956 Francis became Postmaster of the US Postal Office in Stone Lake. He retired from that position in 1981.
Francis and Audrey camped and traveled extensively when their children were little. After retirement the two of them hit the road again wearing out two motor homes. They were often seen walking hand in hand throughout the streets of Stone Lake. Francis loved life and was very proud of his four children. He enjoyed cribbage, traveling, trout fishing, hunting, and snowmobiling. He was often found singing while puttering in his garden or building gigantic bon fires or just singing for the joy of it - he loved to sing. He was a spirited sports' enthusiast and was especially fond of the Packers.
Francis is survived by three children, Allen (Anita) Mattis, Larry (Carol) Mattis, and Susan Mattis Turnham (David), six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of seventy-two years, Audrey, his parents and siblings, his daughter Carolyn, and grandson, Daniel.
A memorial celebrating Francis's life will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Stone Lake. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:00. Interment will follow the service at the Evergreen Cemetery in Stone Lake. At the conclusion a gathering with family and friends will be held at St. Philip's for a light luncheon.