THE BLAINE COUNRY JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION                     Wednesday, November 21, 2001

On Memory of Matilda (Breitmeier) Lyseng

Because I Live, You Also Will Live

 

  Matilda Breitmeier, 85, was born on August 14, 1916, in Harlem.  She was one of six children born to Fred and Matilda (Radke) Breitrneier, who lived southwest  of Harlem.   She attended the Snake Butte School south of Harlem.  Being the oldest daughter, she helped care for her younger siblings. When the youngest child, George, was born their mother had a stroke. Matilda and her sister Ernma took him home to the farm and cared for him. Their mother was taken to Portland, OR to her brother Julius and his wife Letha Radke. They found the necessary doctor and hospital care for her. Later, after they mother was home and able to do most of the household work, Matilda went to Harlem  and  worked  in  a laundry-her    first     real employment.

  In 1935, through her brother August, Matilda met Iver Lyseng and they were married on Decem­ber 5, 1938.  They worked to­getber on ranches in the area and their first daughter, Margaret, was born in 1940. In 1942 they headed to Portland, OR and there three  more  children   were born-Marion,   Donna   and Roger.

  In Portland Matilda worked for a meat packing plant as a meat cutter. However, she was first and foremost a caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She enjoyed gardening and flow­ers, playing Yatzee, watching the Portland Trailblazers, and baking and canning (she was a very good cook).  She provided day care for numerous children in the neighborhood.  She was a member of the  St.  Mark's Lutheran Church in Portland, which she and Iver attended with their children.

  She is survived by her hus­band, Iver; daughters Margaret L. Lyseng, Marion L. Schmidt, and Donna J.  Koch;  son  Roger Lyseng; two grandchildren; two brothers, Rudolph Breitmejer of Harlem and George D. Breitmeier of  Milwaukie,   OR;   plus numerous nieces and nephews.

  A memorial  service  for Matilda Lyseng was held on No­vember 7, 2001, at 1:00 p.m. in St. Mark's Lutheran Church with Pastor Bryon Hansen presiding. Organist Gwen Larson played as songs were sung by the congre­gation. Family and friends took part in a light lunch following the service and viewed the pic­tures that were on display.  Pri­vate  family  interment  for Matilda took place before the Memorial  service.

  All arrangements were by Mt. Scott Funeral Home.

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