Fern Mettling

Fern Mettling

Fern Virginia Mettling (nee Larson) of Hinckley, MN passed away into Heaven on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at First Light Health System in Mora. She was 88 years old. Fern was born on June 25, 1929 in Big Bend, MN to Roy and Mamie Larson. She attended Milan Schools and that area always had a special feeling of home to her, especially Watson, MN, where her parents resided. In 1946 she was united in marriage to Russell Mettling and in this union they were blessed with ten children: Craig, Steven, Leon, Verla, Janice, Brenda, Cindy, Rodney, Michael, and Carla. She was very active in Fish Lake Lutheran in Stark, MN and First Lutheran Church in Hinckley, MN. She was also an active member of the Hinckley VFW and Legion. Fern was very proud of the military and of her sons and grandsons that served in nearly all branches (Army, Navy, Air Force and Army National Guard). Of her many favorite things to do, her most cherished were the dancing at family weddings and events and making lefsa with her daughters and granddaughters. She was always a great cook and could make a quick dish out of anything she had in the refrigerator at the time. If anyone would stop and visit she would make sure they would stay and eat. Fern had a strong faith in God and will be terribly missed by her family and friends. All of whom were considered a part of Fern's family and were equally loved by her. She also had many step grandchildren that she loved deeply. Many people called her Grandma Fern and she loved the title. She was a huge Minnesota Vikings fan and was also a Gold Star Mother. Fern is preceded in death by her parents Roy and Mamie Larson; her sister Rudell Schroeder; her brothers Ramond and Lester Larson and her children Craig Steven and Cindy (Mettling) Straka.
She is survived by her children: Steve (Bonnie) Mettling of North Branch, Leon (Cindy) Mettling of Barnes, WI, Verla (Bob Olson) Nelson of Bradford, MN, Janice (Scott) Anderson of Marshfield, WI, Brenda (Kent) Wicklund of Hinckley, MN, Rodney (Sherry) Mettling of Zimmerman, MN, Michael (Angie) Mettling of Rockford, MN and Carla (Corey) Moen of Rothsay, MN; 28 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; 20 step great grandchildren; sister-in-law Lorraine Larson as well as other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Fish Lake Lutheran Church in Stark, MN with Rev. Ronald Hackmann officiating. Music is being provided by LaDonna Olson. Visitation will be on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 5 until 8 P.M. at First Lutheran Church in Hinckley, MN as well as one hour prior to the service at the church. A time of sharing will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Friday during the visitation at First Lutheran. Casketbearers are Steven Mettling, Leon Mettling, Rodney Mettling, Michael Mettling, Kent Wicklund, Corey Moen, Robert Olson and Scott Anderson. Honorary Casketbearers are Fern's grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Burial will be at Fish Lake Lutheran Cemetery. www.methvenfuneralhome.com

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