Born in Shawano, WI on Aug 13, 1918
Died on Jan 23, 2013 and resided in Oconto Falls, WI
Leila Olson, 94, Oconto Falls, died early Wednesday morning, January 23, 2013 at Sharpe Care. She was born August 13, 1918 in Shawano to Robert and Clara (Hartman) Mathews. Leila grew up in rural Cecil on the family farm where she attended country school.
On November 22, 1944 she married Lester T. Olson at Bethel Lutheran Church in the Town of Green Valley. Leila lived in Green Valley for most of her life where along with her husband they owned and operated a dairy farm. At one time, she was also employed at Gillett Plywood. Leila was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church where she served as janitor for 17 years. She also was a 4-H leader in Shawano County for over 30 years. For the past eight years Leila resided at Parkview Apartments in Oconto Falls where she enjoyed living and participating in the weekly bingo games.
Survivors are one daughter, Carol (Mike) Marquardt, Oconto Falls; one son, Roger (Joyce) Olson, Shawano; two granddaughters, Heidi Marquardt, Green Bay; Carrie Marquardt, Oconto Falls; two great grandchildren, Caitrin and Chloe; one sister, Jean (Herbert) Hessil, Green Bay; one sister-in-law, Shirley Mathews, OR; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lester on February 3, 2002, one brother Gilbert Mathews, two infant sisters and one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Janet Koepsell.
Visitation will be held after 12pm Monday, February 4, 2013 at Bethel Lutheran Church, N6955 Cty. Rd. BB, 4 miles south of Gillett, in the Town of Green Valley until the time of service. Funeral services will be held 2pm Monday at the church with Pastor William Gruenstern officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The Olson family would like to thank Dr. Gerald Bayer and his staff at Green Bay Oncology, the Heartland Hospice team, especially Kimberlee and Tina, and the entire staff of Sharpe Care for their exceptional care.
Church Service: Monday Feb 4, 2013, 2pm Monday at Bethel Lutheran Church
Visitation: Monday Feb 4, 2013, after 12pm Monday until time of service at Bethel Lutheran Church
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