Eileen Matteson, age 97, of Watertown, SD gained her eternal reward on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Jenkins Living Center.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 14, 2018 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Watertown.
Pallbearers will be Terry Hemiller, Kelly Matteson, Darvin Knight, Mark Matteson, Brian Matteson and Jeffery Selchert.
Eileen Mary Matteson was born January 25, 1921 on a farm near Thomas, South Dakota to Albert Olif and Mary Bertha (Schickedanz) Engwell. She grew up in Hazel, South Dakota, was confirmed at the United Methodist Church and graduated from Hazel High School. Eileen married Carl W. Matteson on May 23, 1941 at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown, South Dakota. After their marriage they bought a small house on the west side of Watertown where she lived for over 70 years. Eileen enjoyed being a mother and housewife. Eileen and Carl celebrated 62 years together at the time of Carl's death on January 19, 2004.
Eileen was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Throughout her nearly 98 years on this earth, she enjoyed many hobbies including a large collection of porcelain dolls, and visiting with family and friends. She also enjoyed taking pictures with her 110 camera. During her final years she enjoyed reading Christian books.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (Harold) Herbranson of White, SD, and son, Craig (Deanna) Matteson of Watertown, SD; four grandsons, Terry (Jeannie) Hemiller of Knoxville, TN, Kelly (Kara) Matteson of Watertown, SD, Darvin (Keisha) Knight of Little Rock, AR and Mark (Megan) Matteson of Watertown, SD; 13 great-grandchildren, plus one more on the way; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl; brother, Harold (Elma) Engwell; daughter, Sandy Knight Morrison; and grandchildren, Paul Hemiller, Jr. and Roxanne Hemiller.