Kincannon, Gayle Erika (nee Mattson)
April 5, 1934 – January 1, 2014
Age 79 of Green Valley, AZ and formerly of Chaska, MN, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2014 following a battle with cancer. Gayle was a beloved wife, mother, friend, and public servant. Gayle was born on April 5, 1934 to Eric & Helen Mattson in St. Paul, MN. She began her professional career in 1955 as an occupational therapist supervisor and instructor with the University of Minnesota Hospitals. During her 23 years in public service (1968-1991), she spent eleven years as a member of the school board for School District 112, serving for the last five years as its chair. Gayle also served on the Land Use Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Council; as the Metropolitan Transit Commissioner for the southwestern suburbs; on the Steering Committee of Minnesota Elected Women Officials; as a member of the Policy and Planning Committee of the American Public Transit Association; and as the Executive Director for the Jonathan Association. Her excellence and dedication to service were widely recognized by her peers including the “Service above Self” Rotary Award from City of Chaska in 1983, the “Mary Smith Daisy Award” from the League of Women Voters in 1993, and the “Apple Award” from The Jonathan Association in 2009. Gayle was noted for her ability to listen to her constituents and her dedication to making the City of Chaska and the metropolitan suburbs of Minneapolis a better and more livable environment. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 54 years, Jim; her children John, Laura, and Tricia, her grandchildren, and the many thousands of people whose lives she touched during her career of public service. A Memorial Gathering will be at Bertas Funeral Home, 200 W. 3rd St., Chaska on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1:00 PM followed by a reception at Oak Ridge in Chaska. Memorials preferred to donor’s favorite charity.