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COLUMBUS – Anita E. Mattern, 92, joined her loved ones in Heaven on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012.

She was born July 18, 1920, in Youngstown. Anita was a daughter of Harry W. and Flora (Snelbaugh) Clutter.

She proudly graduated from The Rayen School in 1939.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Robert E. Mattern; brothers Clair and Edwin Clutter; and sister Jeannette Denny.

Anita is survived by her daughters, Gayle E. Mattern and Nancy J. Mattern; along with special loved ones, Arline Dimitri and Jan Pipic; and many dear family members and treasured friends.

Anita had been a member of the Richard Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, where she made life-long friends in Mothers’ Club and was a faithful volunteer. After moving to Boardman, she became a member of the Western Reserve Baptist Church.

In 2007, Anita moved to The Worthington in Gahanna to be close to her daughters, where she met many new friends and enjoyed activities there. Anita was a positive, supportive friend, a wonderful wife and mother, who had a great sense of humor and a deep faith. She will truly be missed by all.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Youngstown, where the funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Anita’s memory may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 (

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Guestbook Entries

“Dear Gayle and Nancy..our deepest sympathy to you both in the passing of your Mom. I have such wonderful memories of her and you both at Richard Brown UMC. Peace and comfort to you. Love, Linda & Bill Robb”

 » Linda Ludt Robb on November 14, 2012

“Gayle and Nancy, Keeping you both in our prayers. She has always been like family to me. She knew my mom and dad since before David and I were born. I will always cherish the memories I have of your mom. God bless both of you. Love Karen and Gordon ”

 » Karen  on November 14, 2012

“Gayle and Nancy,,,I have such wonderful memories of your mom at Richard Brown...she was a loving and caring person. My families deepest sympathies to the both of you..Love, Sue, Dave and Family”

 » Sue Hagerty Giovannini on November 16, 2012

“Gayle and Nancy,...Condolences to you both. I will miss the phone chats with your Mom. She was the last link to my Mom. My prayers are with you both.”

 » Lou Ann Davis Graham on November 15, 2012

“Nancy and condolences on your mom's passing. I'll remember her fondly and she was always nice to me. Sorry for the delayed travels slow out here. Dean Charles”

 » Dean Charles on December 16, 2012

“Nancy and Gayle, I just found out about your Mom and Dad -- I have many memories of you and your parents from when we were children and got together with our families. I have often wondered where you were now. God bless you both.”

 » Robin Frederick Bauman on February 2, 2014

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