Carol Olsen

April 5, 2018

obit carol olsen DOC032818-03282018075805-0001July 12, 1940 – March 27, 2018

Carol Olsen, age 77 of Ivanhoe, passed away peacefully at the Hen­dricks Hospital on Tues­day, March 27. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Fri­day, March 30, at Bethany Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Bethany Elim Lu­theran Church. Burial was in Marble Lutheran Cem­etery. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Ivan­hoe was entrusted with the arrangements.
Carol Ann Bendickson was born July 12, 1940 in Canby to Harold and Lillian (Jeseritz) Bendickson. She went to school and gradu­ated in 1958 from Canby High School. Carol was baptized at St. Stephan Lutheran Church in Canby. She was confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Canby.
Carol was united in marriage to Donald Olsen on April 18, 1959 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. They were members of the Marble Lutheran Church and Bethany Elim.
After high school she attended the Minneapolis School of Business, worked at the Canby Vocational Technical Institute, went back to college at South­west Minnesota State Uni­versity, and was a graduat­ing member of the Charter Class of 1971 with a teach­ing degree. She taught ele­mentary school in Astoria, South Dakota, and Tyler, Ivanhoe and Hendricks. During those years she also helped on the farm, baling hay, milking cows, and feeding calves.
Carol enjoyed playing games, visiting friends, reading, and squaredanc­ing. She was very active in the community as a member Marble Marvels Extension Club, Treasurer of DPHC Auxiliary, Book Club, Two-Cylinder Club, Teacher Contract Negotia­tions Committee, and Auc­tion House Clerk.
Carol is survived by her husband Donald of Ivanhoe; son Sheldon of Stillman Valley, Illinois; daughter Sherri (Roger) Wisniewski of Ivanhoe; two cherished grandchil­dren, Jason Wisniewski of Fargo, North Dakota, and Kelsey Wisniewski of Ma­ple Grove; sister Barbara (Norris) Oerter of Hen­dricks; mother-in-law Inez Olsen; brothers and sis­ters-in-law Marlin (Mar­cia), Alden (Janet), Larry (Judy), Curtis (Karen), and Lois (Roger) Lensing; and many nieces and neph­ews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Charles and Les­lie (Mae), sister Donna Stull, and father-in-law Al­vin J. Olsen.
Please feel free to wear purple, Carol’s favorite color.

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