Eileen Lenore Pederson, 102, Detroit Lakes, Minn., passed away Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 in Ecumen – Emmanuel Nursing Home.
Eileen was born Sept. 8, 1916 in Enok, Minn., the daughter of Gunnar and Alice (Johnson) Wass.
She married Arthur O. Pederson on Jan. 14, 1943 in Pensacola, Fla. They were married for 55 years until his passing on April 4, 1998. They made their home in Hallock, where they raised their three children: Douglas, Diane and Jefferey. They moved to West Fargo, N.D., in 1967, where Art was assistant manager of ASP Construction: they retired to Detroit Lakes.
In her younger years, Eileen enjoyed camping, fishing, especially on Lake of the Woods, the Winnipeg River, Manitoba, and later at the family cabin in Atikokan, Ontario. Her last trip to Atikokan, at age 94, resulted in her catching the largest walleye of her life. She was a tremendous cook, a great seamstress and enjoyed painting, knitting and crocheting.
Eileen is survived by her daughter-in-law: Molly Pederson, Cambridge, Minn.; daughter: Diane Pederson, Detroit Lakes; son: Jeff (Teri) Pederson, Mankato, Minn. She will be dearly missed by her six grandchildren: Amy (Robert) Pederson Moore, St. Michael, Minn.; Joel (Sarah) Pederson, Milaca, Minn.; Jill (Dan) May, Willmar, Minn.; Johanna Pederson, Detroit Lakes; Gretchen Pederson, Vero Beach, Fla.; Joseph Pederson, Mankato; 12 great grandchildren: Kelsey, Lexi, Noah, Helen, Julia, Maya, Sawyer, and Gunnar Pederson; Saryn, Samuel, Kezia and Ezra May; two great-great grandchildren; sister, Verona Dryer of Bluffton, S.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gunnar and Alice Wass; husband, Art; son, Douglas in 2009; beautiful granddaughter, Marissa Pederson in 2018; son-in-law Alden and Marge Wass, and brother-in-law William Dryer.
Memorial visitation was held at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 6 p.m. prayer service. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.
Arrangements entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.