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Della M. Matt

Obituary Information

Service Details


Friday, December 28, 2018


4:00-7:00 p.m.

Worlein Funeral Home
Austin, Minnesota


Saturday, December 29, 2018

1:00 P.M.

Crane Chapel
Austin, Minnesota

*Visitation 2 hours prior to the service at the church on Saturday


Grandview Cemetery
Austin, Minnesota


Della Mable Matt, age 96, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She was born with her twin, Delmar, in Carpenter, Iowa on September 12, 1922 to Adolph William and Mable Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Stehn. Della achieved "First Rank in Scholarship Among the Girls", graduating with the Carpenter High School Class of 1941, where she was also honored as Miss Carpenter. Following her graduation, she attended Austin Junior College and studied accounting. On June 8, 1943, Della was united in marriage to Joseph Henry Matt, Jr. in Fillmore Minnesota. Her husband, Reverend Joe Matt, served as Pastor at Crane Community Chapel for 55 years. Della enjoyed her role in ministry as the spouse of a pastor. Her featured contribution on the weekly "Family Hour" broadcast of 45 years on TV 6 was known as "Della's Scrapbook", wherein she honed her wonderful story-telling skills. She was a homemaker who lovingly raised her children David and Barbara alongside her husband. Della spent her leisure time with various crafts (ceramics, acrylic painting on canvas or saw blades, crocheting, etc.) and reading prolifically—the Bible, as well as books from various genres. Della was the final remaining charter member (of twelve) of Crane Community Chapel. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Survivors include her daughter Barbara (Mike) Fullingim of Bartlesville, OK; daughter-in-law Nancy Matt of Fishers, IN; four grandchildren—Kathy Jo (Matt) Davis, Heather Jo (Matt) Shoemaker, Jeremy Fullingim, and Kristina (Fullingim) Argüello, and fifteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joe in 2007, her son David in 2017, two brothers Russel and Delmar Stehn, and one sister Ethel (Stehn) Tesch.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Crane Chapel in Austin with Pastor Dale Christiansen officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 on Friday, December 28 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and two hours prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery, Austin. The family prefers that memorials be directed to Crane Chapel. Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.


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