Erskine – Clara Evelyn Olson passed away at the age of 92 on October 3rd at the Pioneer Care Center in Erskine, surrounded by her loving family.
Celebration of Life for Clara Olson will start with a supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Funeral Service on Saturday, October 8th at 7pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls. Rev. John Voelker will preside.
Clara Timm Olson was born Jan 8, 1924 in Thief river Falls, to Amelia and Edward Timm.
She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church and attended school in Thief River Falls. Clara was united in marriage to Clarence M. Olson on Dec. 23, 1943. To this union, eight children were born.
She worked as a nurse’s aide at Northwestern Hospital; a para at Franklin Middle School, worked with the Green Thumb program, worked at Arctic Cat and her last place of employment was at McDonalds.
Granny was an avid prowler hockey fan for over 60 years. She was known as Granny O to some of the hockey players and would make caramel rolls for her grandson Matt’s morning practices. She loved listening to “Sports Wayne” on the radio broadcasting hockey games.
Clara loved to knit, crochet and made numerous afghans for grandchildren and great grandchildren alike.
She was a member of the Legion and VFW Auxiliaries. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and had been a member of Trinity Troops, and the OWLS. She enjoyed working many lutefisk suppers along with many fish fry’s at the VFW.
Clara loved fishing and would clean hundreds of fish and fry them up for the family.
She loved dancing and enjoyed her last dance at her grandson Robby’s wedding in July 2016. She was an excellent lefse maker and shared her lefse with family and numerous friends. Granny absolutely loved watching the Minnesota Twins. This was the highlight of her evenings. She also received an autographed picture from Joe Mauer for her 90th birthday.
Her favorite games at holiday get together’s were Spoons and Rummy Royal. She also loved to play Bingo.
Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence, parents, fourteen brothers and sisters, son Bob, daughter Linda, and grandson Patrick Olson.
She is survived by: Daughter-in-law Shiela Olson, John (Delores) Olson, Clarice (Jim Hunt) Olson, Charlie (Pam) Olson, Helen (Rory) Anderson, Marlene (Bob) Hjeldness, and Bill (Julie) Olson.
Grandchildren: John Olson Jr, Jimmy (Athena) Olson, Courtney (Khaled) Rashed, Josh (Kelly) Torgerson, Robin Olson, Keith (Marcela) Anderson, Kyle (Carrie) Anderson, Chris Olson, Callie (Bryton) Wagner, Robby (Angie) Anderson, Katie (Billy) Grogg, Matt (Kasey) Olson, Brandon Olson, April Hjeldness, Ruthie Hjeldness, and Michael Hjeldness.
Great Grandchildren: Carson and Bryson Olson, Rilyn Wagner, Olivia and Nolan Torgerson, Logan, Bentley, and Camilla Anderson, Cooper, Marley, Spencer and Weston Anderson, Ben and Emily Grogg, Brooks and Crosby Olson, Baby Rashed due on December 30, 2016, and multiple nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Granny requested memorials go to the Prowler Boys and Girls High School Hockey Teams.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.