Vivian Olsen

January 10, 2018

obit Olsen Vivian photoOct. 12, 1924 – Dec. 31, 2017

Funeral services for Vivian Olsen, age 93 of Tyler, were Saturday, Jan. 6, 10:30 a.m. at Tyler Alli­ance Church in Tyler. Buri­al was at the Ruthton City Cemetery. She died Dec. 31, 2017 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.
Arrangements were pro­vided by Hartquist Funer­al Home, Utoft-Johansen Chapel in Tyler. Send on-line condolences at
Vivian Mae Fuhrmann was born Oct. 12, 1924 on the family farm east of Florence to Erich and Christine (Ahlschlager) Fuhrmann. She attended District 68 country school through the 8th grade. She then worked in house­keeping and child care with various families in the Lake Wilson area.
On July 18, 1946 Vivian was united in marriage to Andrew Olsen at the Lutheran parsonage in Balaton. For a short while after marriage they lived on the Olsen family farm before purchasing their farm north of Twin Lakes in Lyon County, Shelburne Township. It was there they farmed the land, raised five children, and ran a dairy business. Alongside Andy, Vivian helped on the farm as well as baking, cooking, canning and freezing their homegrown produce. Ev­eryone enjoyed her deli­cious homemade biscuits, cinnamon rolls and pies. In 1982 Vivian and Andy retired from the farm and moved into their new home in Tyler, where they enjoyed 25 years together.
Vivian was a member of the Tyler Alliance Church and active in the Ladies Missionary Group, the Shelburne Birthday Club, and enjoyed embroidering, word-finds, puzzles, and cooking for and entertain­ing family and friends. It was the fall of 2007 when she moved to Danebod Vil­lage, and in 2010 she be­came a resident of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home until her death on Dec. 31, 2017 at the age of 93.
Vivian is survived by her five children—Dorothy (Dan) Petersen of Owa­tonna, Roger (Pam) Ol­sen of Shoreview, LeRoy (Beth) Olsen of Tyler, Dale (Chris) Olsen of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Doris Olsen (Jesus Jiminez) of Hender­son, Nevada. She is also survived by her ten grand­children—Teri (Pat) Steck­elberg, Erica (Fernando) Roman, Julie (Noah) Bock, Matthew (KaSaundra) Olsen, Melissa (Andrew) Clark, Karla Olsen, Andrew L. (Robin) Olsen, Saman­tha (John Ruud) Olsen, KC Ryan (Chelle) Olsen, and Gregory (Melissa) Olsen; 16 great-grandchildren also survive. Also left to mourn her passing are siblings Norman (Bon­nie) Fuhrmann of Bala­ton, Dona Fuerstenberg of Worthington, and Gwen­dolyn Olson of Balaton.
Preceding her in death was her husband of 64 years, Andy; her par­ents; brother Edward Fuhrmann; and infant brother Gordon.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Sunrise Manor for the exceptional care given to Vivian during her several years there as well as the staff at Danebod Village for her care while she resided there. Memo­rials are preferred to the Tyler Alliance Church, Ave­ra@home Hospice of Tyler, or the donor’s choice.
Blessed be her memory.