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Marilyn M. Olson, 77

Marilyn Madge Olson, “Mim,” age 78, of Minnetonka, passed away unexpectedly at home Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. She was welcomed into her eternal home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mim was born on the family farm in Dassel, Jan. 14, 1933, to Oscar and Madge Olson. Early in her life, she made a commitment to Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Throughout her life she exhibited in many ways what it meant to be a faithful steward of God’s grace.

While growing up, Mim was very active in the Dassel Covenant Church. She counseled at Lake Beauty Bible Camp and at Covenant Pines, both in Minnesota. She was both a Girl Scout and a Girl Scout leader in Dassel. She taught Sunday school and Bible school at Dassel Covenant and at First Covenant in Minneapolis.

Mim served on the Northwest Conference Board of Christian Education, several committees, and the National Board of Christian Education, all for the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination.

She was a member of the Dassel Covenant Church and attended the Excelsior Covenant Church.

Mim attended Dassel public schools and graduated from Dassel High School in 1951. She went on to St. Cloud State University and earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She taught elementary school in the Minnesota communities of Benson, Dassel, and Hopkins.

Mim continued her education at St. Cloud State University, by earning a master’s degree and sixth-year degree in school administration. She then served as an elementary principal in the Hopkins School District, and also served as an administrator in the central office for the Hopkins School District.

Her life was dedicated to teaching, and to children. She loved to see children reach their full potential as children of God.

Mim led a very active social life in retirement. She belonged to “Girl’s Club,” “Pie Group,” “Church Lunch Bunch,” and “Marsh Friends.”

Her 12 nieces and nephews were deeply loved, and she played a supporting and encouraging role in each of their lives.

“Aunt Mim” was generous with her time, her resources, and her love. She was dedicated to praying for each of them and their families daily as she had both a morning and evening prayer list. She will be greatly missed by all of her nieces and nephews and their families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Madge Olson; sisters, Clarice Swanson and Dorothy Tengwall; brother, Norris Olson; sister-in-law, Vannie Olson; and great nephew, Barry Tengwall.

Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Kenneth Olson; nieces, Sheryl Schwitters, Lori Tellkamp, and Mary Good; nephews, Keith Olson, Scott Olson, Tom Tengwall, Kurt Olson, Alan Olson, Jeff Olson, Paul Swanson, Mark Swanson, and Luke Swanson; and the children and grandchildren of her nieces and nephews.

A funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. at Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel. A funeral service also took place at Excelsior Covenant Church in Excelsior, Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. The interment was at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

A visitation took place one hour prior to services both Monday and Tuesday at the churches.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of arrangements.