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Impie H. Olson, 88

Impie Hilma (Kotila) Olson, age 88, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016.

She was born Oct. 20, 1928, on the farm in Cokato Township of her parents, Oscar and Hilma Kotila.

Impie graduated from Cokato High School in 1946.

She married Dean Olson Aug. 7, 1948, and they had four children. Dean and Impie co-owned the Dairy Dip in Dassel with Ernest and Amelia, and later bought the Cokato Short Stop Drive-In.

Moving to Colorado, they ran the restaurants in three different Auto Auctions, which included catering parties.

When they returned to Minnesota, Impie and her niece, Carolyn Thompson, owned the log cabin on Highway 12. Also, with Dean, they started a food stand at the Wright County Fairgrounds in Howard Lake, and ran it for many years.

Impie also ran the catering truck at Lampi Auctions. She spent many hours at the Northwoods Inn/Saloon helping Ron and Dean.

The couple lived on Lake Sylvia in South Haven. When they sold the house, they stayed summers at their daughter, Jane’s house. When winters came, they stayed in Arizona, and enjoyed going there for many years.

For the last six years, Impie had lived at the Cokato Manor, where she was very happy and made many friends.

Impie is survived by her four children; Randy of Garrison, Ron (Betty), Jane (Lyle), all of Cokato, and Kevin (Lorraine) of Casper, WY; five grandchildren; Patrick (Monica), Rick (Paula), Jessie (Dale), Heidi, and Josh (Melissa); and seven great-grandchildren; Ryun, Gabby, Nick and Amanda, Mackenzie and Keaton, and Allie.

She is further survived by sisters-in-law Jeanne Pettit, and Joyce Kotila.

Impie was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; daughter-in-law Tracie; grandson Jacob; and six brothers and sisters.

A funeral service took place Friday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. at North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp (rural Cokato), with visitation Thursday, Dec. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato, and continuing Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cokato and Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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