Eleanore Minnie Fraid (P1039) , 19342010 (aged 75 years)

Eleanore Mattson
Eleanore Minnie /Fraid/
Type of name
adopted name
Eleanore M. /Makosky/
Type of name
married name
Eleanore M. /Mattson/
Type of name
married name

Eleanor Fraid Mattson, 1934-2010


(Adapted from the Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes website)

Eleanore M. Mattson, age 75, of Gladstone passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, following a brief illness.

Eleanore was born May 4, 1934 in Escanaba. She was a 1952 graduate of Gladstone High School and a 1957 graduate of Northern Michigan University. Eleanore worked as a LPN in Milwaukee, Racine and Escanaba and later continued her love of nursing by volunteering with the St. Francis Hospice for over ten years. Eleanore married Robert Mattson on September 17, 1977. She was a longtime member of the New Horizons Ministry Church (formerly the Bethel Evangelical Free Church) in Gladstone and dearly loved her church family. She served as a Deaconess, Sunday school teacher, and social chairman. Eleanore also was a longtime member of the Gladstone Fan Club and for years worked in the concession stand for both football and basketball games. She was a Volunteer of the Year and is on the wall of fame in Gladstone High School. Besides being a lifelong Gladstone Braves fan, Eleanore was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Eleanore was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Nettie (Belanger) Fraid, and is survived by:

Her husband, Robert, of Gladstone

Her son, Roy (Glenna) Makosky, of Rochester, MN

Four grandchildren, Elysia (Jeremy) Halls, Dr. Jenny (Jimmy Budnik) Makosky, Daniel (Kate) Makosky, and Matthew Makosky

Cousin and very good friend, Joetta (David) Fredrickson, of Gladstone

Eleanore was adopted and met her birth family as an adult. They welcomed her into their family and greatly enriched her life. They include her birth mother, Rose Groleau (now deceased);

Three sisters, Laura Trotter of Gladstone; Virginia (Floyd) Krause of Escanaba; Dolly (Jack) Enright of Milwaukee;

One brother, Richard (Rosalee) Groleau, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma;

Four deceased brothers, Elmer, Edward, Robert, and Jack Groleau

Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews

Eleanore’s family will receive friends on Saturday, January 9 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the New Horizons Ministry Church in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 PM at the church with Pastor Frank Scarcelli officiating. A luncheon will be served immediately following services in the church fellowship hall. Eleanore will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. To leave the family a message of condolence, use the form on the Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes website).

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(Adapted from the Skradski-Boyce Family Funeral Homes website)

To the Family of Eleanor,

Our deepest and sincere sympathy. I was a class mate of Eleanor’s and we both grew up in the Buckeye. She was a great person and I know she will be sadly missed by many.

Our prayers are with you all.

Jim & Abie LaLonde
Gladstone, MI

I attended with mixed emotions but everyone made me feel at ease.

I was saddened with Eleanore’s loss but it gives fine closure when we can see the “ole neighborhood gang” and remember the good times. I also got to meet more of her extended family who were so nice & I got to learn more about her life.  She was so sincere and friendly and enjoyed life.
God Bless You Eleanore!

Warren Bovin
Gladstone, MI

I did not know my Aunt Eleanore until I was in my mid 20’s (I’m the daughter of Laura Trotter) but boy did we have fun once she became a full member of our family! We had many, many good times each year at the cabins - girls luncheons, potlucks, family games and laughter at the campfire.

You will be missed Aunt Eleanore!

Patti Bruinsma
Charlotte, MI

I was so happy to have the chance to get to know my Aunt Eleanore. She made our family complete and we were all so happy that she became a part of all of us. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit with her last summer when I was at my Mom’s (Laura Trotter) house. We had such a nice talk. Little did I know that that would be our last one so I am grateful for that little piece of time we shared. She always bragged about her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren to me. She was always interested in my family, as well. I felt that she genuinely cared for all of us even though she hardly knew my own sons. We will all miss her but I am happy that we were able to have the years together with her that we did. It also makes me realize that you have to LIVE every day and give thanks every day for all of our many blessings.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Gina Mahannah
Kalamazoo, MI

So sorry about Eleanore.She will be miss by the 500 card club at the Gladstone Senior Center. She was a great person and kept everyone in a great humor she was a caring person to all of us. May all your memories give you comfort through this difficult time. She love everyone. All our prayers goes out to all her family. No more suffering. She is in the hands of God now.

Jean Lancour
Gladstone, MI

Dear Butch and family,

You probably don’t remember me. I met your Mom years ago through one of my best friends, Joetta.
I know I don’t need to tell you what a “special” lady your Mom was. Always a huge smile and hug when I would see her. I loved when we would visit with her and Bob … so many laughs and good times. May God bless you at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Gaynell (Lundin) Salewski
Green Bay, WI

So sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful mother. I am the daughter of Eleanore’s brother, Richard, and he has so enjoyed getting to know her. She has been a blessing and a gift to all who knew her.

Yvonne Groleau Tillapaugh
Lakewood, CO

You will be deeply missed, it was such an honor knowing you.

My condolences to Bob and the rest of the family.

Jake Nyquist
Gladstone, MI

Roy and Glenna, Great memories of your mom and Bob, we laughed so much. We attended Bethel Free Church together and so many good memories throughout the years. Our prayers are with your family and with Bob. Judy and Bill Krieg

Judy and Bill Krieg
Quinnesec, MI

Butch & family, So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. What a wonderful gal she always was & a joy to be in her company. God Bless you & give you strength at this time & in the days to come.

Paul Fredrickson
Albuquerque, NM

My deepest sympathy. She will be greatly missed.

Norma Semashko
Marquette, MI

Butch,& Glenna

I want you to know how much Eleanore meant to me. She was such a joy to have at the concession stand, she had more energy than most of us. Her humor was fantastic. I have to tell you a story about her when we would get busy with making the hot choc., she would always say “Hey, why don’t you go to McDonalds.” We laughed together so much, she bragged about her family all the time and always asked everyone how their family was. I sure will miss her. God Bless Pete and Bonnie DeMay

Bonnie DeMay
Gladstone, MI

Where to start? What a ray of sunshine, and always such a caring heart. Always asking how all my family was doing and giving warm hugs when needed and “I Love You guys” at the end of every encounter! You will be truly missed, by Matt, myself and Ian, and the whole “Braves community” … We Love You!

P.S. Matt says “Nobody could serve a better pretzel, hotdog or popcorn, with such a great smile than her!”

Salli & Matt Houle
Gladstone, MI

I’ll long remember my last two visits with Eleanore. I read Psalm 39 at her request, with it’s reminder of how fleeting life is. It was hard for me to read given her circumstances. But she was trusting in her Savior and is now resting in his care.

David Henry
Rochester, MN

I didn’t get to spend much time with Aunt Eleanore, but it was fun meeting her almost two decades ago.  I lost my wife not long after Aunt Eleanore passed, so I know it must be hard having your first Christmas without her.

When my father was young, Robert Mattson was a friend of the Groleau boys.  Of course, neither Robert nor my father knew Eleanore then.  My father told how my grandmother thought he was after the girls, so she’d say, “Go home, Bobby.”  So then Robert said, “But I got one anyway, didn’t I?”

Wesley Groleau
Fort Wayne, IN

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