Teresa Otteson

Teresa Otteson, 89, of Staples, passed away at  Lakewood Health System Care Center, Staples surrounded by family, March 4, 2019. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples, with Pastor Carl Larson officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Teresa Margaret Otteson was born May 12, 1929 in Park Rapids to John and Mary (Kaluza) Kruse. Teresa worked at Wimpys Café in Park Rapids at an early age, where she met Lloyd. Their relationship had many great memories and stories that they shared with family and friends. They spent many weekends dancing at their favorite place, Chateau Paulette’s in Dorset, where people would  clear the dance floor to watch them. Teresa married Lloyd on February 18, 1949 in Nevis. They moved to Staples shortly after and started their family while living with Grandpa and Grandma Otteson. There are many memories and stories of growing up on the farm. Teresa started working at the Carter Ringer plant in Staples until the company closed, she then became the “most wanted” daycare provider around with a houseful that all called them grandpa and grandma. She was a great loving and caring mentor to all. Teresa was fun loving, free spirited and loved having a good time. Sunday drives and going to the lake in the summer were her favorite things. She would start packing a month before they would leave. It would be time spent with family, which meant the world to her. She always had a warm  smile and hug for everyone. Teresa made great friends while living at Lakewood Pines, in Staples before moving to the LHS Care Center.

Teresa is survived by three sons, Rick (Deb) Otteson, Craig (Sandy) Otteson and Jim (Mary Jo) Otteson; two daughters Judy (Tom) Hall and Pam Otteson; daughter-in-law, Toni Otteson; son-in-law, John Riewer; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Al Wheeler and Bob Kruse. 

She is preceded in death by her husband; three sons, Steve, Gary and Brian; one grandson, Charlie Otteson; one great-grandson, Brandon Buckentine; daughter-in-law, Kim Riewer and two brothers, Jerry and Donald Kruse. 

Arrangements by Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Staples.

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