After a short period of failing health, Jane Mattson, 95, died peacefully at her residence of 10 years at the Shady Oaks Assisted Living Facility of Bristol on Monday, June 13, 2022, with her children Dawn Belanger of Burlington, and Mark Mattson of Portsmouth, NH at her bedside.
Jane was a lifelong resident of Bristol (Forestville). Born Jane Loise Anderson to John and Amy Anderson on South Street Extension on Sept. 6, 1926, she attended the nearby Bristol schools, graduating from Bristol High School in 1944. After high school, Jane worked at Wallace Barnes Co. on Main Street in Bristol, and proudly represented them as a parade float queen during the 1946 victory parade celebrating the end of WWII.
Jane also was a volunteer enemy aircraft spotter on Chippens Hill in Bristol as part of the US defense system during WWII. Jane married her high school sweetheart, Stanley M. Mattson, on May 29, 1948 upon his return from WWII. Together they had their two children and resided in a home built by Stanley on Cronin Street in Forestville from 1957 until his death in 2012.
After her children were of school age, Jane worked part time as an accounting clerk for Superior Electric Co. of Bristol so that she could be home to serve lunch when her kids walked home from Green Hills School, and eventually worked full time for Superior when her kids were of high school age. Jane also volunteered and taught nursery school on Sundays at Trinity Episcopal Church on Summer Street in Bristol for over 30 years, and remained a parishioner of the Episcopal (Anglican) faith throughout her life, most recently at the Anglican Trinity Church in Plainville. Jane loved nature and the outdoors, and instilled this love in Dawn and Mark that has remained with them throughout their lives. Jane also had a kind heart for the many dogs and cats that she took into her home over the years.
Jane is survived by her two children, Dawn and Mark, their spouses (Bob Belanger and Adele Mattson), and by four grandchildren, Brett and Todd Belanger, and Tyler (wife Shelly) and Jeffrey (wife Kat) Mattson. Jane’s family wishes to thank the Shady Oaks Assisted Living Facility and staff for the compassionate, safe and protective living environment provided, particularly during the past two years of COVID-19.
The visiting hours will be on Friday, June 24, 2022 at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol, from 10 to 11 a.m. A service will begin in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in West Cemetery, 49 Pound St., Bristol. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a local animal rescue foundation of your choice. To leave an online condolence, go to Jane’s memorial page at www.FunkFuneralHome.com .