Elinor M. Olson, 95, of Lanesboro, died Tuesday, July 23, 2014, at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center in Harmony.
She was born April 16, 1919, in Waseca to John and Bertha (Stone) Wendland.
She grew up in St. Charles, where she met her husband-to-be, Robert (Bob) Olson. They were married March 6, 1943, and recently celebrated their 71st anniversary.
She worked in a bakery, a restaurant and was a typist and worked for a lawyer and the city of St. Charles recorders office. She also worked as a switchboard operator for six years and served as a secretary at the Lanesboro Sales Barn after moving to Lanesboro. She was a member of Elstad Lutheran Church where she was always on call to help "bring food" whenever needed.
She and her husband owned and operated the City Forty Farm for 54 years, after which they retired and moved to her "little dream house on the hill." She was the epitome of a farmer's wife, tending not only to household and outdoor chores, but helping her husband with the recordkeeping of their registered purebred Brown Swiss and at one time raising over 10,000 chickens.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; sons, Robert A. (Sandy) of Winona and Rollie (Julie) of Harlingen, Texas; grandchildren, Douglas (Angie) Olson of Hudson, Wis., Kelly (Mike) Schroeder of Winona and Danielle Olson (Scott Fisher) of Rochester; great-grandchildren, Sarah and Ryan Olson, Tanner and Sadie Gray and Tawni and Jaden Kramer and nephew, Larry (Pam) Nuszloch, Chandler, Ariz.
Her sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Fred Nuszloch, preceded her in death.
Memorial services to celebrate her life were held at Elstad Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro on Saturday, July 26. A committal service followed at the church cemetery with the Rev. Patricia Hinkie officiating.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro assisted the family with arrangements.