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March 13, 1930 – March 3, 2023

Eileen Mary Ottoson, age 92, of Buffalo passed on to our Lord peacefully on Friday, March 3rd, 2023 at The Homestead at Anoka.

She was born on March 13, 1930 in Chetek, Wisconsin, the daughter of Nels & Annie (Williams) Matson.  Eileen grew up on a farm with her parents and eight siblings.  Born in the Great Depression, childhood was not always easy, however it shaped the determination, strength and family ties she carried forth the rest of her life.

After graduating from high school, in a bold move for the 1950s, she and a sister moved to Minneapolis to work as seamstresses.  It was there she met the love of her life.  On December 4, 1954, Eileen Mary Matson and Daniel Emory Ottoson were joined in holy marriage in Chetek, Wisconsin.  God blessed their marriage with three daughters Carol, Susan and Betty.  They lived many years on the Ottoson homestead near French Lake.  In 1965, they moved to a smaller farm near Buffalo.

Her family was the biggest joy of her life.  She supported her daughters in all of their activities.  She taught Sunday School, served as a 4-H leader, hosted great birthday parties, and attended all school events.  She was a caring, encouraging and compassionate mother.

After raising her daughters, gaining sons-in-law and grandsons brought even more happiness.  From baseball games and band concerts to weddings and campfires, she loved to have fun.  Seeing her grandsons’ accomplishments, welcoming their wives and becoming a great grandmother brought more joy to her life.

Eileen loved gardening, traveling, sewing and weaving rag rugs.  She was a fantastic cook and loved to host family gatherings.  Her siblings, nieces and nephews were an important part of her family life.  She happily shared her passions with all she loved.  She was a very positive, outgoing person who loved being around others.

She is survived by her loving daughters: Carol (Mark) LaScotte of Blaine, Susan (David) Freers of Muscatine, Iowa and Betty (Scott) Olson of Onalaska, Wisconsin; eight grandsons: Mark (Lindsay) LaScotte Jr., Tony (Jaimee) LaScotte, Christopher LaScotte, Andrew LaScotte and John LaScotte; Joel Olson and fiancée Kristen, Eric Olson and Zachary Olson; four great granddaughters: Evie, Nora, Freya and Dakota; siblings: Doris Kaskinen, Jim Matson and Linda Magadance; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel in 1984, her parents, brothers Wally, Glenn, Wayne and Jack Matson and by a sister Cathy Potter.

Funeral Services for Eileen Ottoson will be held on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 12:00 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover.   Pastor Tori Sahnow will officiate.  A visitation will be held on Friday, March 10, 2023 two hours prior to the funeral service from 10:00 – 12:00 AT THE CHURCH.

Interment will be held at Grace Lutheran Cemetery-French Lake.

Casket Bearers will be her eight grandsons.

The family would like to thank her three special neighbors for years of friendship and help.  Also, thank you to all of the loving staff at Buffalo Hospital, Homestead at Anoka and Allina Hospice for their compassionate care and support in her final days.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family.    Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Online condolences may be made to



4 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ruth (Dehmer)Vollbrecht

    carol I am so sorry for your loss.Your mother was such a kind lady she will be missed by all. Prayers go out to you and your family. Wish I could come to the service but still out of state but will be there in thought

  2. William Angell

    Rest in Peace, Eileen. You were always very special to us.

    Bill and Nancy

  3. Tim and Roxie Peters

    David and Susan, we are so sorry for your loss. We were so very blessed to know such a vibrant and beautiful human being….. So many memories! May our Lord wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace.

  4. Barb & Bob Davis

    David and Susan, we are so sorry for your loss. We were so blessed that you introduced us to Eileen and we were able to get to know the special, fun loving lady that she was and yes, that we were able to share a few glasses of wine with her! She was indeed a very extraordinary lady. She will be greatly missed.


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