Kristen Lael Matthees


Kristen Lael Matthees, 67, of Zumbrota, passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, August 4, 2023. She was born in Zumbrota on February 24, 1956, to Hugh and Dorothy (Matchan) French. She attended Zumbrota High School and graduated in 1974. She worked for many years as a florist in both Zumbrota and Red Wing. Kristen had a love for gardening and tending to her house plants. She loved to cook for anyone and could often be found listening to oldies music. She enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, but her favorite past-time was watching the Wheel of Fortune nightly with Joey. She enjoyed going to bingo and meat raffles. Most of all, she adored her grandchildren and spending time with them.

She is survived by two sons, Jace and Shane Matthees; one daughter, Terin (Derek) Olson ; six grandchildren, Shelby Betcher, Ethan Baker, Caleb and Carly Matthees, and Skylar and Cayden Olson; one brother, Mike (Jean) French; her dog, Gabi; and many friends that loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Dorothy; son, Kristopher; granddaughter, Madison; and brother, Pete French.

A celebration of Kristen’s life will be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at the VFW Post 5727 Stary-Yerka in Zumbrota. A private family burial will be held at the Zumbrota Cemetery. Arrangements made by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Larson Chapel.