Alma Olson, 94

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    Greenbush – Alma Olson, 94, of Greenbush, formerly of Strathcona, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at LifeCare Greenbush Manor in Greenbush.
    Funeral services were held on Monday, October 30, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Middle River. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery at Strathcona.
    Alma (Kolberg) Olson, daughter of Julius & Myrtle (Holter) Kolberg, was born April 29, 1923 in Roseau County. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran Faith.
    Alma was united in marriage to Conrad Olson on December 6, 1941 in Middle River. The couple made their home on the family farm in rural Strathcona where they raised their two sons, Chester and Leonard.  Conrad and Alma also raised a second family, Chester & Janice’s children: Dale, Lanae and LeAnn.
    Alma’s greatest joy in life were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a lifetime care giver to all. She worked hard all her life on the farm, milking cows, raising sheep, pigs and chickens. She loved to split wood and harness the horses and would go to town to sell cream. 
    Alma enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening and ice fishing. She had a deep passion for deer hunting. She would walk the woods and try to drive out the deer. She did not want to carry a gun, so they gave her a stick to carry and called it her “20/20”.
    Alma also loved to go to the casino and play the Cats machine.  She would rub the machine and say “Come on Cats.” She had a huge sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. Many people referred to her as “Ma.”
    Alma is survived by her son, Leonard (Nancy) Olson of Middle River, 6 grandchildren: Dale Olson of Middle River, Lanae (Louie) Cater of Middle River, LeAnn Gust of Strathcona, Eric (Lyzette) Olson of Strathcona, Lori (Craig) Rogosheske of Thompsons Stn. TN, Tonia (Dale) Ortman of Jasper, GA; 15 great-grandchildren: Ches Olson, Lucas (Shelby) Cater, Levi Cater, Trustin and Shyanne Gust, Easton, Layci and Eizen Olson, Jordan, Morgan and Logan Rogosheske and Abigail, Aubrey and Alaina Ortman; brother, Earl Kolberg of Roseau; and special niece, JoAnne White of Virginia; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Alma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Conrad; son, Chester; daughter-in-law, Janice; brothers, Rudy, Melvin, Kenneth and Joe; and sister, Hazel.
    Arrangements were with Gieseke Funeral Chapel of Greenbush.