After a courageous 15-year battle with breast cancer, Linda Yvonne Olson's heavenly father decided it was time to set her soul free to join him on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. 

She was born on Nov. 28, 1948 to Harold "Shire" and Hilda (Flater) Paulsen in Chippewa Falls. Linda graduated from Cornell High School in 1966.

She married Dean Olson on March 15, 1969 in Cornell.

Linda attended UW-Eau Claire, where she earned her bachelor's degree in education, and she later earned her master's degree in education. She was a beloved teacher for 30 years in the Altoona School District.

To say Linda lived her life to the fullest is an understatement. She was a woman whose positive energy and pure zest for life were felt by everyone around her — loved ones and strangers alike.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and teacher, it's impossible to count how many lives she touched with her selfless, beautiful spirit. The best way for those who knew her to honor her memory is to celebrate life the way that she did.

She is survived by: her husband, Dean; daughter Kelly Olson; son Jade (Andrea) Olson; grandchildren Taryn, Walker, Cooper and Savannah; mother Hilda Trudeau; sisters Marianne "Jo" Hoel and Patti (Mike) Rufledt; brothers Harold "Buck" (Peg) Paulsen, Kevin Paulsen and Brian (Laura) Paulsen; brother-in-law Gary (Sandy) Olson; nieces and nephews, her "B’s,” and countless other relatives and friends.

She is reunited with: her father, Harold "Shire" Paulsen; her mother-in-law, Melvina Olson; and her father-in-law, Oliver Olson.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 3:30-8 p.m. at Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 South Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona. Services will be on Friday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 501 East Fillmore Ave., Eau Claire. Relatives and friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.

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So sorry to hear about your loss.
Stay strong and take care of each other.
Tim Hatfield

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