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Obituary for Catherine F. Olson
Catherine Frances (Jorgensen) Olson passed away February 5, 2011 at her daughter’s home at the age of 82 years.
She was born July 15, 1928 in Luck, WI to Frances and Carl Jorgensen. Catherine grew up in Bone Lake, WI, attended Pioneer Grade School, graduated from Luck High School and Polk County Teachers College. She continued her education at University of Superior and correspondence work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
She met Alvin Olson and was married to him on March 24, 1951. They bought a farm in Clam Falls Township and lived there most of their lives. In addition to raising her youngest brother, Clayton, she had three beautiful children, Scott, Robin and Carol, all of the Frederic area. Catherine’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were very important in her life and she did many things with and for them.
She taught school for several years at the Maple Valley School, Lewis and Frederic Schools. Her eyes always lit up when one of her former students would come to see her or when she would talk about them. When Catherine and Alvin retired from farming, she thought she would not be busy enough, so she worked at different jobs in the community for several years.
She appreciated her relatives, friends, and neighbors and like visiting with them when she could. In recent years she moved from the farm in to Frederic. Watching the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Braves and the Gaithers were her favorite TV programs. Gardening, reading and studying the Bible were activities she also enjoyed. Catherine was an outstanding cook and liked making meals. She always welcomed people to her home.
Preceding Catherine in death were her husband, Alvin; parents, Frances and Carl Jorgensen; and grandson, Christopher Olson.
She is survived by her son, Scott Olson and his wife, Gale of Coomer; daughters, Robin Hallanger, Carol Mossey and her husband Gary of Frederic; seven grandchildren, Jamie Olson and Rachel (Chad) Simon, Rebecca (Denver) Moeller and Cody Hallanger, Katie (Tyler) Salzman, Kevin Mossey, Kendra Mossey; one great-granddaughter, Leigha Elizabeth Olson; and three great-grandsons, Carter, Carson and Isaiah Simon; three brothers, Carlton and his wife Dode of Olivehurst, CA, Neal and his wife Darlyne of The Villages, FL, and Clayton and his wife Karen of Grantsburg, WI; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be sadly missed.
Funeral services were held at Clam Falls Lutheran Church on Saturday, February 12, 2011 with Pastor Gary Rokenbrodt officiating. Organist was granddaughter, Katie Salzman accompanied by granddaughter, Kendra Mossey. Music was provided by Terri Stoner of Frederic and Milton Johnson of Clam Falls. Songs sung by soloists and congregation included Amazing Grace, On Eagles’ Wings, Old Rugged Cross, The King is Coming and I Know That My Redeemer Lives.
Pallbearers were Cody Hallanger, Kevin Mossey, Denver Moeller, Tyler Salzman, Chad Simon, Greg Jorgensen and Jeff Hermann. Honorary Pallbearers were Gary Mossey and Catherine’s former school students.
Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, Wisconsin was entrusted with funeral arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.rowefh.com.