Regina Ann Olson, age 81, of Cokato, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
She was born Nov. 27, 1927, to William and Metha (Dittmer) Lehmberg in Green Isle, MN.
Regina graduated from Arlington High School June 1945.
She was united in marriage to Eldon Arthur Olson June 19, 1959, in Arlington. To this union, two children were born.
She worked as a telephone operator in Glencoe, a cook at both the Cokato Manor and the Pure Oil restaurant, a clerk at Keaveny Drug Store; and was also a care attendant for 14 years.
Regina has made Cokato her home for the past 50 years.
She enjoyed cooking, canning tomatoes, sharing recipes, and collecting crystal bowls. Her favorite dish that she made for her family was goulash. At Christmas, she enjoyed making divinity for her family and friends.
Regina was considered a regular at the Marketplace, where she enjoyed having coffee and visiting with the other regulars. She also enjoyed providing rides for her friends to the Marketplace, the beauty shop, or to the local clinic.
A loving and caring wife, Regina was very proud of her family, especially her grandchildren. She wanted only the best for her daughters, and will always be remembered by her family and friends as a very kind, caring, and independent person.
Regina is survived by her children, Sally Snabb (husband Brian) of Chanhassen, and Jill Olson of Deerwood; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Matthew, and David Snabb; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Metha Lehmberg; husband Eldon in 1987; a brother, Edwin Lehmberg; two sisters, Malinda Lehmberg and Lorna Ziegler; a nephew, Leroy Ziegler; a niece, Sharon Ziegler; and a brother-in-law, Hugo Ziegler.
The funeral took place Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato, with visitation for one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Steve Thorson officiated and music was provided by Toni Thorson and Karen Anderson. Interment was in the church cemetery in Cokato.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.