George M. Mattila, age 93, of Old Hwy M-35; Rock passed away on Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at home quietly in his sleep.
George was born to Nestor and Mary (Hill) Mattila in Rock on September 29th, 1916 and he was a lifelong resident of the Rock area.
During his working life, George was involved in numerous pursuits including being employed at the cheese factory in Rock, as a bus driver for the Rock School System, and later for A.O. Smith Manufacturing in Milwaukee. In addition, he was employed as a carpenter at KI Sawyer AFB in Gwinn for a number of years. George also was a self -employed construction worker for many years and was engaged in farming much of his life. He was a member of the Carpenters Union #1510 in Escanaba.
George enjoyed the outdoors which included riding his three-wheeler, raising and selling Christmas trees, working on and using his bulldozer and backhoe, and working in his garage. His family remembers his strong and independent nature, and they always enjoyed his stories about life. His grandchildren especially remember his interesting manner in which George taught them a work ethic and the way of operating various types of equipment. They always felt at home and welcomed at grandpa’s house. The Rock community recognized George’s special personality and his continuous ability of helping others by honoring and naming him as Grand Marshall in the 2008 Rock Labor Day Parade.
George Mattila’s survivors include:
One Son – Michael (Deloris) Mattila of Rock
Two Daughters – Linda (Jim) Maki of Rock; Judy (Bill) Koski of Gwinn
Six Grandchildren: Jill Thompson., David Maki, Doug Maki, Kari MacLean, Amy Koski and Mary Koshi
Six Great-grandchildren: Eric Thompson, Brienna Thompson, Samantha Maki Johnson, Justin Maki, Amanda Englund, and Melissa MacLean
Four Great-Great Grandchildren: Adam and Alivia Frappier, and Alia and Anthony Thompson
and by necies and nephews
George also leaves to survive a good friend, Greg Brunette, of Gladstone and by his loving dog, “Charile.”
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Lund and Elmi Holmi
The family of George M. Mattila will recieve friends on Tuesday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Remembrances shared by family and friends to celebrate George’s life will follow at 5:00p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home. Luncheon will follow services at the Faith Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Rock. Burial will be in the Rock Cemetery.