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Olga Samuelson, 94

Olga Noreen Tudahl Samuelson, age 94, of Cokato passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born April 28, 1919, in Peterson, MN, the oldest child of Ole and Nella Tudahl.  Olga had three brothers and four sisters.  Being the oldest of eight children, she took care of her younger siblings when her mother got sick and went to the hospital.

Olga was baptized and confirmed at Hyland Prairie Lutheran Church in Peterson.

She worked as a waitress in Rushford, MN, where she met and married Ray Samuelson, in 1940.  They lived for one year in Rushford, and then moved to Redwing, where they resided for two years. 

When Ray’s dad retired in 1943, Olga and Ray moved to Cokato to run the family farm and raise their two children.  In 1990 they moved off the farm, into a home in Cokato, where Olga resided until she entered Cokato Manor Oct. 31, 2012.

Olga enjoyed painting, crafting, sewing, and gardening.  She was very talented at painting.  Many friends and family now enjoy the memories she created. 

As a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Cokato, Olga served on various committees throughout her years.

She is survived by a son, Marlo (Jean) of Albertville; a daughter, Mary Jo (Robert) of Cokato; four grandchildren: Kimberly, Tammy, Gregory, and Michael; five great-grandchildren: Alex, Danielle, Derek, Halley, and Kaitlyn; and sisters Viola Bakken, and Ruby Tudahl, both of Bloomington.

Olga was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

Olga lived a long and fulfilled life.  She was always surrounded by many loving family members and friends. 

Funeral services took place Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cokato, with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Interment was in the church cemetery.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements.

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