Connie L. Mattson

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. — Connie L. Mattson, 45, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, passed away on November 21, 2017, after a four-year battle with cancer.

She was born June 29, 1972, in Laurium, the daughter of Valerie Lafond and the late Ronald Carlson. She graduated from Calumet High School in 1990 and from Michigan State University in 1995 with a degree in computer science. She then married her high school sweetheart John Mattson on September 3, 1995, and together made their home in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Connie was a giving person, with a passion for helping others. She always put others before herself. The focus of Connie’s life was her three children, faithfully attending their many sporting, music and other extracurricular activities and helping at school and church. One of Connie’s joys in life was going on vacations, which over recent years included trips to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the Bahamas and three months spent in Upper Michigan. She also had a passion for learning about alternative healing methods. She was quick with a joke or prank and her sense of humor will be long remembered.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Carlson.

She is survived by mother, Valerie and step-father, Edward LaFond of Ishpeming; loving husband of 22 years, John; children, Jeremy (19), Elizabeth (17) and Rachel (10); sisters, Cindy (James) Helppi, Carole Koski and Chris (Mike) Nurmi; brothers, Brian (Julie) Carlson and Bruce (Kyla) Carlson; mother-in-law, Linda Mattson; and father-in-law, James Mattson of Laurium; sister-in-law, Amy Mattson (who was a constant companion and caregiver over the last few months); brother-in-laws, Tom (Christy) Mattson and Dan (Stefanie) Mattson; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Faith Lutheran Church, 11115 Hanson Blvd NW, Coon Rapids. The visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000.