Ida Mae Voss, age 76 of Faribault, passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield.
Ida was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Oconomowoc to John and Olive (LaFortone) Bienfang. Ida lived with her family during her early childhood before being place at the Wisconsin School for Dependant Children in Sparta. She then moved to Conrath, where she was a foster child with the Turanski family, attending and graduating from Tony High School.
During this time she met William C. Matacyznski of Conrath. Ida married William in 1955. They lived in Detroit until divorcing in the mid-1970s.
On an off during the years, Ida worked as a cleaner at a number of hospitals around Wisconsin. It was in Milwaukee in 1979 that she met David Lee Voss, whom she married following William’s death. Ida and David moved to Minnesota during the 1990s, living in the communities of Mankato, Owatonna, Northfield and Faribault. Despite a limited nurturing as a young person and a difficult life, Ida had a great sense of humor, a heart-warming laugh, and a sparkle in her eyes. People who knew her closely were amazed she never had an unkind word to say.
Ida also was an avid reader with a vocabulary to match. Most of all, Ida had a profound sense of gratitude for her sisters and brothers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, sharing a deep and joyful faith with them.
Ida is survived by husband David of Faribault; her sons David (Tracie) Clanaugh, currently of Atlantic Mine, Mich. and recently of Duluth, and Bruce Mataczynski of Eau Claire; her brother Ed (Nancy) Adams of Helenville; her brother-in-law Bob (Joy) Mataczynski of Superior; her grandchildren Mari, Helen, and Arryn Clanaugh; her niece Debbie Clark of Faribault; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Michael Matacyznski; her former husband William Matacyznski; and her sisters Jean Bremness and Joyce Adams.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints in Faribault with burial at the Union Cemetery in Jefferson. Visitation will be Friday at the church from 11:30 a.m. until time of services.
Memorials are preferred to the Three Links Care Center in Northfield to help and encourage residents who have limited resources.
Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.