Marlys Mary Ryan Olson, age 79, of St. Cloud, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community of St. Cloud.
She was born July 13, 1936, to James and Naomi (Calundan) Ryan, at Corvuso, MN. Marlys raised eight children, and had an influential hand in raising her 21 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Family was what she valued over all.
Marlys was a woman who will always be remembered for her quick-witted responses and her sense of humor.
She is survived by her children, Patty Jo (Glen) Peterson of Clear Lake, Kim (Dave) Anderson of Dassel, Rick (Sher) Olson of Deer Trail, CO, Kelly (Tim) Gustafson of Cokato, Doug (Noriko) Olson of Great Mills, MD, Mike (Roxanne) Olson of Dassel, and Shane (Stacee) Olson of Litchfield; and grandchildren Scott Peterson, Mark Peterson, Sam Peterson, Steven Schiroo, Nina (Richard) Appleby, Kevin (Justina) Schiroo, Kristiana Anderson, Tamera Kaleikini-Wolfe, Ryan Kaleikini-Wolfe, Rebecca (Scott) Niemela, Kate Gustafson, Danny Gustafson, Megan Gustafson, MaKayla Gustafson, MacKenzie Gustafson, Laura Olson, Ryan Olson, Louis Olson, William Olson, Gregory Olson, and Vanessa Olson.
Marlys is further survived by great-grand children Everett, Logan, and Blake Niemela; brothers and sisters Jim (Ardythe) Ryan, Jean (Mike) Schmitz, and Janice Ryan; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Gregory Olson; parents James and Naomi (Calundan) Ryan; and sisters Margaret Kensinger and Joan Ryan.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church of Darwin, with the Rev. Father Rene McGraw and Father Brian Mandel officiating. Gift bearers were Greg Olson and Vanessa Olson. Interment: was at St. Mary’s Cemetery of Waverly.
There was visitation Sunday, Feb. 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and Monday at the church, one hour prior to Mass.
Pallbearers were Steven Schiroo, Kevin Schiroo, Scott Peterson, Mark Peterson, Sam Peterson, Louis Olson, Ryan Olson, and Danny Gustafson.
Honorary casket bearers were Richard and Nina Appleby, Justina Schiroo, Kristiana Anderson, Tamera Kaleikini-Wolfe, Ryan Kaleikini-Wolfe, Rebecca and Scott Niemela, Kate Gustafson, Megan Gustafson, MaKayla Gustafson, MacKenzie Gustafson, Laura Olson, William Olson, Gregory Olson, and Vanessa Olson.
The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato handled the arrangements; www.swansonpetersonfuneralhome.com.