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Rosalie Olson, 86

Rosalie Sylvia Olson, 86, Wendell, passed away at her home on Sunday, January 19, 2014.

Rosalie was born May 13, 1927 in Kensington to Emil and Dora (Nelson) Erickson. She was baptized and confirmed at Nora Lutheran Church in rural Kensington. She grew up in Kensington, graduating from school there in 1945. She then went to Minneapolis for a year, where she attended business school. Rosalie moved to Elbow Lake, where was employed as one of the first telephone operators.

Rosalie was united in marriage to Donovan Olson on December 12, 1958 at Nora Lutheran Church in rural Kensington. The couple made their home in Wendell. Rosalie owned the first Chevrolet Camaro sold in Elbow Lake.

Rosalie enjoyed visiting with people and activities with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Wendell VFW Auxiliary and was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading the Bible, and shopping (especially for her children and grandchildren). She was an avid roller skater, and quite adept indeed! Rosalie had a good sense of humor and was a classy, stylish lady in a humble way. She was a selfless person who loved God and others.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce (Roberta) Strom of Kensington, and Bryan Olson of Wendell; daughter, Deanne Novotny of Alexandria; and five grandchildren, Tawnya Stepaniak, Lindsey Oeltjenbruns, Alan Strom, Brynn Novotny and Toby Novotny.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donovan; and a sister, Elvira Erickson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 24 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wendell.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Interment will be at Trinity Cemetery in Wendell.

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Arrangements are with Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake.