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Ann Deering, 94 year old resident of Little Falls died Wednesday, September 19 at St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 A.M at. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls with Father Matthew Langager. The burial will be held in the parish cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 PM on Friday, September 28 and from 9:00-10:00 A.M. on Saturday. All visitation times will be held at Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Friday evening at the funeral home.
Ann “Annie” Esther Matlock was born on a farm June 13, 1924 near Harding, MN to the late Joseph and Mary (Florek) Matlock. Ann attended District #87 country school near Harding. She was the second youngest of fourteen children and five step-brothers and sisters. Her father’s first wife died giving birth to step-sister, Anna who only lived ten days. Ann and her youngest sister, Frances left the farm for a short time to nanny Jewish children in Chicago, IL. With respect to them, Ann remembered how families taught us to cook, clean, save money and to have fun at the USO dances. Ann married Sylvester Deering on October 12, 1948. Ann worked at the following places throughout her life: Gibson’s, Clifwood Motel, St. Otto’s Care Center and St. Gabriel’s Hospital. They built a home on the west side of Little Falls which became their lifetime residence. Sylvester’s occupation was road construction which took them many summers in a mobile home to several towns in Northern, MN. Ann loved beautiful dishes and has brought life and beauty to old pieces of furniture. She mothers her children relentlessly, feels her grandchildren are gifts and her great-grandchildren are angels. Ann enjoyed crocheting, sewing and spending time with her family. She was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church along with the Christian Mothers and the Quilters group.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Sharon (Glenn) Harvey of Oak Grove, MN, Carol (Harvey) Czech of Little Falls, MN, and Gordon Deering of Valley Center, KS; grandsons, Bradley (Liz) Czech, Jonathan (Jenna) Czech, Stephen Harvey, Dominic Harvey; granddaughter, Doreen (Ryan Murray) Harvey; great-granddaughters, Gabriella, Kathryn and Julia; and great-grandsons, Brooks, Charles and John.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph, Sr. and Mary Matlock; husband, Sylvester Deering; son, Ronald Deering; siblings, Ignatius, Rose, Peter, Valeria, Stephen, Joseph, Jr., Frank, Tony, Michael (buried at sea), Sylvester, Julius, Theresa and Frances; step-siblings, Catherine, Thomas, John, Mary and Anna.