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Erma Valerie Mattila

03/19/1935 - 07/05/2021

Erma V. Mattila, 86, died on Monday, July 5, 2021. Erma was born on March 19, 1935, in Marshall, MN to Hans J and Minnie T. (Kroll) Schmidt. Erma was united in marriage to John Donald Mattila on May 10, 1968. The couple owned the Mattila’s Birch Lake Resort in Babbitt, where Erma ran the store for many years.

Erma was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jay Mattila; and 6 siblings.

Erma is survived by her husband, John; children, Tom (Jess) Mattila, and Jody Mattila; grandchildren, Willow and Jay; sister, Norma (Orville) Koland; and numerous friends and acquaintances.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Mattila’s Birch Lake Resort in Babbitt at 1:00 pm.


8 thoughts on “Erma Valerie Mattila”

  1. Judy (Bielejeski) Huset says:

    Sincere sympathy to the family.

  2. Dear Don,Tom&Family and Jody, We are very sorry to hear about Ermas passing. We are keeping all in our prayers each day . You all have wonderful memories of her as do all of her friends. Please let you faith, and good memories be a strength each day. Know that we care and are here if we can do anything. Love and Friendship, Percy and Jim

  3. Carol Greene says:

    Dear Jody and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May memories of her bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. I am praying for all of you.

  4. Gary and Jill Drilling says:

    Don, Tom, Jessi, Willow, Jay and Jody we are so sorry for your loss. Losing your wife, mom and Grandma is one of the hardest things we have to bear here on earth. We will all miss her sweet smile and giggle. I know I will miss my little visits with her. I wish she could have seen the final project of our house done but I know she is watching from above. I pray that God gives you all strength in knowing she is at peace now. ❤️🙏🏻

  5. Paula Wilson says:

    To the family of Erma. My prayers to you that peace will return to all the lives Erma touched. For several years I stayed at the resort, I looked forward to seeing her and she was always so nice. Peace & healing prayers.

  6. Ruth, Jill, Everette, Leo says:

    Expressing Sympathy
    To The Mattila Family:
    So Grateful for Erma’s
    Life. Her Joyful and
    Loving Heart, Warm
    Hugs, Laughter, Friendly
    Smile will Always Live On
    Thur God’s Love for His
    Children. What a Friend
    We Always have in Jesus.
    Thank-you, for the Good
    Memories. Love You Always,
    Ruth,Jill,Everette,Leo Schmidt

  7. Bob and Fran Pulkinen says:

    So sorry to read about Erma’s passing. We have so many memories of your resort, as we had our camper there, many years. Erma was so nice, friendly, and at times would bring us a homemade fry bread.
    With sincere sympathy to your family Don,

  8. Bruce and Judy Von Wald says:

    Our condolences to the family. We always docked our
    boat at Mattila:s and had many nice visits with Irma and Don.

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Saturday 08/21/2021 at 1:00 PM
Mattila's Birch Lake Resort, First Avenue, Babbitt, MN, USA