Donations may be made to the National Red Cross or a local Humane Society to honor her lifelong love and concern for animals.
Mrs. Ottersen was born Nov. 30, 1930, in Fargo, N.D., a daughter of the late Duncan Joseph and Evelyn Kirk Campbell. She grew up attending elementary schools in Fargo and spent summer months at the family cottage on Cotton Lake in Minnesota. She graduated from St. Mary’s Hall private boarding school in Faribault, Minn.
She majored in English at Briarcliff Junior College near White Plains, N.Y., and received a degree in English at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, in 1952.
She was married to Rudolf Ottersen on July 18, 1952, in Fargo, N.D. He died on April 30, 2008.
The couple transferred to Alameda, Calif., while he completed his service in the United State Coast Guard.
They eventually joined extended family in Stevens Point, where he began to manage the Campbell Department Store begun by members of her family.
After their children were grown, she returned to the workforce at local businesses.
Survivors include four daughters. Gail (Donald) Hoff and Ann (Mark) Smith, both of Appleton, Karen (Michael) Roman, Minneapolis, Minn., and Susan Kay Ottersen, Portland, Ore.; one son, Duncan Jay (Kim) Ottersen, Palmdale, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Shirley Campbell Burnett.