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Betty Lou Olson, 89

Betty Lou Olson, age 89, of Dassel, died Thursday, June 7, 2012, at the Emmanuel Home in Litchfield.

She was born Nov. 7, 1922, in Litchfield, the daughter of Carl O. and Anne (Anderson) Nelson.

Betty grew up in the Litchfield area, and attended the Maynard Lake Country School for her education.

She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, had been a faithful member of the Swan Lake Lutheran Church, and was presently a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.

Betty was united in marriage to Harold L. Olson. The couple made their home in the Swan Lake area.

Betty loved to bake rye bread, and did catering for many years. She also wrote the area news for the Dassel Dispatch.

She enjoyed spending time with friends over a cup of coffee, was a member of the Home Extension, and two birthday clubs. An excellent cook and baker, she often made over 80 loafs of rye bread to sell at craft sales, which she sold in no time flat.

Betty had served in executive positions in the Swan Lake Woman’s Ladies Aid, and taught Sunday school for several years.

She could also often be found knitting and crocheting items for her family. Family was important to her, and she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her children, Steve (Lynda) Olson of Dassel, Sandy (Rodney) Brekke of Litchfield, and Kathy (Steve) Kubesh of St. Cloud; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Violet Hutchins of Phoenix, AZ; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, in 2002; her parents; a daughter-in-law, Charlien Olson; a great-granddaughter, Anna Brekke; a great-grandson, Samuel Brekke; six sisters; and two brothers.

A funeral service took place Friday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. Interment was at the Swan Lake Cemetery, rural Dassel.

Visitation was Thursday evening, June 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continued Friday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.