Alda Olsen

November 7, 2018

obit Olsen Alda copySept. 23, 1924 – Oct. 29, 2018

Funeral services for Alda M. Olsen, age 94 of Tyler, were Saturday Nov. 3, 10 a.m. at Alliance Church in Tyler. Burial was in Ruthton City Cemetery. Hartquist Funeral Home in Tyler was entrusted with arrange­ments. To sign an online registry, please visit
Alda Marjorie Olsen was born Sept. 23, 1924 to Earl and Avil (Abbott) Johnson while her parents were visiting her aunt Mina in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up in the rural area around Chicago, Illinois and attended several coun­try schools. She attended Arlington Heights High School through 10th grade, then went to work for John Arthur and Hazel Ljung­gren in Park Ridge, Illinois. She was treated very well by them, remaining in con­tact with Mrs. Ljunggren for many years. Alda met Lawrence Olsen on a dou­ble date. They exchanged phone numbers at the end of the date, and exchanged letters while he was in ac­tive duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On Feb. 1, 1946 Alda and Law­rence were married at Aunt Molly and Uncle Ed’s home in Minneapolis. The cou­ple farmed in Shelburne Township in Lyon County, near Florence. Being a city girl, Alda had alot to learn about farm life, but she was a strong partner helping on the farm, doing chores, cleaning the milk tools and tank, and raising their four children. Since she was not able to graduate from high school, she was very proud to earn her GED at the age of 56.
Lawrence died in 2005 and in 2007, Alda moved to an apartment at Dane­bod Village. In 2016, af­ter breaking a hip, Alda took up residence in the Hendricks Nursing Home where, on Oct. 29, she died at the age of 94 surrounded by her family.
Alda was a member of Alliance Church in Tyler. She was a member of Shel­burne Birthday Club and Shelburne Farm Bureau, and was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed flower gardening, embroidering, entertaining family and friends, babysit­ting and attending grand­children’s functions.
Alda is lovingly remem­bered by her children—Robert Olsen of Hampton, Iowa, Richard (Annetta) Olsen of Tyler, Kathleen (Jeffrey) Weber of Elkton, South Dakota, and Karolyn (James) Barron of Lynd; 10 grandchildren—Tammy (Jason) Borman, Jeremy (Emily) Studemann, Jes­sica (Matthew) Boettcher, Robbie (Amber) Olsen, Jhett (Emmeline) Weber, Jack (Sara) Weber, Shawn (Chelsey) Olsen, Jennifer (Jeff) Rupp, Joy Barron, and William (Kristi) Barron; 20 great-grandchildren—Jasi­Anna Borman, Jaden Bor­man, Alexis Scharper, Saphi­ra Olsen, Alexander Olsen, Gage Studemann, Gavin Studemann, Grady Stude­mann, Raens Boettcher, Eden Weber, Kyle (Judith) Rupp, Jordan Rupp, Kelsey Boettcher, Cameron Calico, Damian Hoeft, Brandon Hoeft, Layla Olsen, Hunter Olsen, Emma Sparks, and Jakob Barron; and two great-great-grandchildren, Amelia and Henry Rupp. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence; her parents; brothers Clar­ence Hill, Marvin, Richard, and Lester Johnson, and infants Cecil and Junior; sisters Virginia Webb and Juanita Berett; and a grand­son, Larry Olsen.
Blessed be her memory.