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Theresa Mattern




Theresa (Krim) Mattern, 91, of Glasgow, Mont., passed away from heart failure on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow.

She was born in Rugby, N.D., on Oct. 19, 1924, the daughter of Lawrence and Angeline (Massine) Krim. She was raised in Jefferson Township, Pierce County, near Balta, N.D., and attended country school there.

She married Frank J. Mattern on July 1, 1947, in Balta. They lived in the Balta, Rugby and Knox area until 1954 when they moved to a farm in Kottke Valley Township, McHenry County, southeast of Deering, N.D. They lived and farmed there until Frank passed away May 1, 1995. In 1996, she sold the farmstead and moved to an apartment in Minot. She resided in Minot until the flood of 2011 and then relocated to Glasgow.

She was a member of St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Glasgow, and she and Frank were members of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot.

She was a homemaker who loved to garden, providing her family with fresh and canned produce. She enjoyed cooking and baking for extended family dinners. A place at the table and a bed were always available at her house. Her home was always kept spotless and many were heard to comment that you could eat off the floor.

She loved music, and in earlier years, she and Frank loved to dance to the old-time music at family weddings.

She was an avid follower of the local, state and world news. She kept the family up to date on what was happening in the world and was even known to discuss politics occasionally. During dinner hour at Nemont Manor, she was known to entertain her table of lady friends with jokes and stories (affectionately called the Rowdy Bunch). Weekends you would find her watching either golf or NASCAR on TV. She loved visiting and entertaining her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Since living in Glasgow, she considered Bonnie, Char, Connie and Kari as her girls and was a mother to all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; 10 brothers, Jack, Anton, Markus, Steve, Joe, Mike, John, Leo, Peter and Rochus; two sisters, Caroline and Anna; one son-in-law, Dennis; and a great-grandson, Donovan.

Survivors include two daughters: Betty Ell of Minot and Rose Speer and her husband, Greg, of Fort Peck; three grandchildren: Bruce Sloan and his wife, April, Bonnie Richter and her husband, Robert, Zebulon Speer and his wife, Cedar; and six great-grandchildren: Joshua Sloan, Kami Sloan, Jasmin Green, Daniel Green, Waylon Richter and Ocean Speer.

Our Mother Theresa will be missed by all.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Minot, N.D., with Father Jadyn Nelson officiating, followed by burial at Rosehill Memorial Cemetery in Minot. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m., with the Rosary being said at 6 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home in Minot, on Friday, Nov. 6. Condolences may be left at


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