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Lillian Ardis Olson

Lillian Ardis Olson, age 89, of Winsted, formerly of Glencoe, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007.

She was born Aug. 11, 1918 in Marx, Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of Henry and Lena Sjestad, and a twin to her sister, Belva. Lillian’s mother died when she was three months old, and when her father was unable to care for the children, she was adopted by Albert and Lizzie Sjolie.

When Lillian was 18 she was reunited with her biological twin sister. She and Belva also located their birth father and other family members, and continued to keep in touch through the years.

Lillian married George Olson in 1936. Two children were born to this union, Marilyn and Gary.

The family moved to Dawson, where Lillian owned and operated Lil’s Café in downtown Dawson. In later years she was a cook at several cafés including the Hunt Hotel in Montevideo.

Lillian spent her last four years lovingly cared for by her son, Gary and Bethel Krugerud Olson and their family, and the staff at St. Mary’s Senior Living Center in Winsted. In August, she represented the facility riding in the rumble seat of a classic car during Winsted’s annual parade.

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; her birth father; sisters Millie and Belva; brother Orville; and “best” sister-in-law, Bernice and son-in-law Larry Christopherson.

She is survived by children, Lynn Christopherson of Hansville, Wash.; and Gary (Bethel) Olson of Waverly; grandchildren, Scott Olson, Jodi (Ken) Hartneck, and Kelly (Dave) Christopherson Strobel; great-grandchildren, Mitchell (Lisa) Olson, Matthew and Brooke Olson of Waverly, Ryan, Sean, Ashley, and Beau Hartneck of Waverly, and Ava Strobel of Hansville, Wash.; and great-great-granddaughter Anna Olson of Waverly.

Funeral service was Thursday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Care Center with the Rev. Joel Swedberg officiating. Music was provided by Alice Nowak and Vonnie Rassat. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waverly.

Casket bearers were Jeff Georges, Beau Hartneck, Sean Hartneck, Ryan Hartneck, Matthew Olson, and Mitchell Olson. Honorary bearers were Kelly Christopherson Strobel, Brooke Olson, Ashley Hartneck, Lisa Olson, and Brooke Schaust.

Arrangements were by the Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

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