Carol 'Lorraine' Olson


Carol “Lorraine” Olson, 94, of Menomonie passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018, at Our House Assisted Living.

She was born April 29, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., to A. Bernhard and Inez (Vieburg) Larson. After high school, she earned a teaching degree from the University of Minnesota, always willing to sing the U of M rouser years later. Following college, she taught multi-grades at the Renner, S.D. one room schoolhouse, heated by a wood burning stove. About a year later she was thrilled to take the train west with three other teachers to teach school in Ontario, Calif. On holiday back in Minneapolis she met soon-to-be pastor Arnold Olson. In less than a year, they were married Nov. 10, 1948, and lived in Minnesota while Arnold attended the seminary. Arnold was also superintendent of the Fergus Falls Children’s Home where Lorraine was drafted as cook and was known as “everybody’s mother.” After ordination, they had churches in Wisconsin and South Dakota, settling in Menomonie at Christ Lutheran in 1958. They enjoyed 50 years together, raising three sons, a collie named Champ, camping in South Dakota, and traveling to many parts of the world.

Lorraine loved reading, sewing, and chocolate. In 1965 she achieved a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling from UW Stout.

Lorraine is survived by sons, David (Kathleen) Olson (Red Wing, Minn.), Paul (Vienette) Olson (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Daniel (Debra) Olson (Menomonie); grandchildren, Neil Olson (Fla.), Kristoffer (Erinn Liebhard) Olson (Minnesota), Beth Olson(Wisconins), Heather Olson (Minnesota), Adam Olson (Minnesota), Ashley Olson (Minnesota), Angelica Erickson (Minnesota); great-grandson, Palmer Olson; sister, Marion Harris; and many nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Arnold Olson; parents, A. Bernhard and Inez Larson; daughter-in-law, Kathy (Marson) Olson; sister, Marjorie Rees; grandson-in-law, Garrett Olson.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Kathleen Remund officiating. Burial will be at Christ Lutheran Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.

Many thanks for all the care given by the staff at Our House in Menomonie and Heartland Hospice.

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