Rosa Olson, 85Rosa Jean Olson, 85, Alexandria, died December 15, 2011, with her family at her side.
Rosa Jean Olson, 85, Alexandria, died December 15, 2011, with her family at her side.
Rosa was born January 20, 1926 in Garfield to Alfred and Emma (Brueske) Froemming. The family moved to Alexandria when she was a young girl. Rosa attended Washington Elementary School and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1944. She was baptized at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Garfield and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria, where she remained a member.
During her school years Rosa was active in school activities including drama club, cheerleading, drum corps and Girls' Athletic Association (GAA). After graduation, Rosa started working at the Alexandria Telephone Company for Jim and Magel Boyd. The business was later sold to United Telephone Company. Rosa retired as a telephone operator in 1985. She had many interesting and humorous stories from her telephone operator days.
On April 22, 1951, she was united in marriage to Willard Olson. The family continued to live in Alexandria. Willard died in 1976.
Rosa had a passion for good jokes and enjoyed telling stories of her years growing up in Alexandria. She enjoyed sporting activities and was an avid fan of high school, college and professional sports teams. She was especially proud of her son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rosa will be remembered for her wit, sense of humor and German characteristics. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Rosa is survived by her son, Jeff (Judy) Olson of St. Peter; grandchildren, Travis (Mande) Olson of St. Peter, Brent (Katie) Olson of Mankato, and Stefanie (Stephen) Menning of St. Peter; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Bennett, Tate, Finley, Emmett, Ella, Weston, Audrey Rose, and Graham; sister, Bernice Froemming of Alexandria; sisters-in-law, Fern Froemming and Bernice (Olson) Reesness; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Rosa was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Emma; her stepfather, Harry "Pappy" Gulson; and siblings, Roy, Earl, Ralph, LaVerne and Albert.
A funeral service for Rosa was held Monday, December 19 at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Terry Finnern and the Rev. William Moeller officiating. Music was provided by Merice Brueske.
Interment was at Kinkead Cemetery. Pallbearers were Travis Olson, Mande Olson, Brent Olson, Katie Olson, Stefanie Menning and Stephen Menning.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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