Dorothy M. Olson, 91, of
A visitation will be held on
Dorothy Marie Larson Olson entered this world May 12, 1917, the first of seven children
born to Martin and Mary Larson. She was baptized in the
year. When Dorothy was three, the Larson family moved from their farm in northeast
1935. Dorothy always dreamed of becoming a nurse and that fall her dream became
reality when she entered Bethesda School of Nursing. She graduated as valedictorian in
1938, and for the next 50 years proudly called herself a nurse and practiced the Christian
principles of compassion, love, and service to others.
Dorothy met the love of her life, Glenn Olson, at choir practice in church. They dated
while she attended nursing school and were married on October 12, 1941. Glenn and
Dorothy built a new home on a farm north of
family. By 1947, they had two small daughters and a third on the way, and realized they
needed more space. They traded farms with Glenn’s father and moved to the original
Slaabakken homestead in
Dorothy was an avid reader, trading and discussing books with friends and family. She
started every morning solving the Crypto quip and crossword puzzles in the daily
newspaper. This became a competition within the family and no one could match
Dorothy’s expertise. She also loved to play games with her children, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren. Many an evening was spent around the dining room table playing
cribbage, Rook and Uffda. When she was younger, Dorothy enjoyed sewing and
needlepoint. As she grew older and was no longer able to do so, she turned her artistic
bent to decorating her house. She was always able to turn a house into a home with
personal touches around every corner.
Dorothy is survived by Glenn, her loving husband of 67 years, daughters Karen
Knoflicek (Bill), Kris Borchard (
grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and also her sisters Ruth Hansen and Irene (
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, sister Laura Jean and brother Jackie.
Dorothy’s zest for living was contagious to everyone she met. Her beautiful smile and
laughter caused the world to smile with her. She will be so missed.