Lois Elaine Ritter, age 84, of Princeton, formerly of Dassel, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at the Elim Care and Rehab Center in Princeton.
She was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Dassel, to Reuben and Lavina (Forsberg) Mattson, and grew up and was educated in Dassel.
Following graduation from Dassel High School, she attended St. Cloud State University, where she received a teaching degree. She then taught school in Chokio, MN.
It was while teaching there that she met her future husband, Eugene. They were married June 24, 1948, at Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato.
The couple moved to Plymouth, and Lois began teaching at St. Hubert’s Catholic School in Chanhassen, where she taught for 20 years, retiring in 1985.
Lois and Eugene then moved to Maple Grove, and later to Hutchinson.
In 1998, Lois moved to Cambridge to be closer to her children.
Lois enjoyed gardening, stitchery, and reading, and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. She belonged to a Swedish Club and TOPS, and was also a foster grandparent.
Lois and Eugene enjoyed traveling, spending winters in Texas.
Lois is survived by her children, Mark (Nevin) Ritter of Ankara, Turkey, Barbara (Ron) Isaacson of Moose Lake, Mary (Joe) Blattner of Princeton, and Jon (Hannah Krigman) Ritter of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers and sisters Harold (Helen) Mattson of Dassel, Donna Collison of Bemidji, Janet (Art) Schmitz of Hutchinson, and Rozanne Provencher of Hutchinson; sister-in-law Joyce (Leo) Williamson of Lennox, SD; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Eugene, in 1992.
The funeral service took place Saturday, Nov. 26 at 11 a.m. at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish, North Campus in Princeton, preceded by visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Inurnment was at St. Anastasia Catholic Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton.