Betty Olson of Annandale died Friday, May 31, 2019, at the Buffalo Hospital. She was 90.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale with Rev. Alex Becker officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.
Betty Ann Olson was born March 31, 1929, in Clear Lake Township to Albert and Hannah (Haroldson) Swingley. She grew up and attended a country school in Silver Creek Township and graduated from Maple Lake High School with the Class of 1947. On March 21, 1953, Betty was united in marriage to David Olson in Buffalo. They lived in Waverly for a few years before moving to Annandale. In addition to caring for her family, Betty worked as a waitress, and she mended, sewed, cleaned and pressed clothing out of her home, and set hair at Goldendale Apartments. She was an active member at St. John’s Lutheran Church serving on WELCA, as a greeter, and cleaning and pressing the church’s linens. Betty enjoyed crocheting, knitting, bird-watching, gardening, reading, cheering on the Minnesota Twins, working on puzzles, and playing cards. She cherished family get-togethers and reunions. Her greatest passion was to watch and listen to her grandchildren.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dave on May 9, 2010; daughter-in-law Judy Olson; brothers Lloyd, Ray, Grant and Albert Swingley; sisters Jennie Larson, Edna Munson, Eleanor Anderson, and Gladys Peterson; and three infant siblings.
She is survived by her sons Bruce Olson of Kimball, and Carl Olson of Alpha; five grandchildren: Jessica Olson (and Daniel Heinen), James Olson, Matthew Bronstad, Brian Olson (and fiancée Lisa Ludwig), and Michelle Olson; four step-grandchildren: Ricky (and Michelle) Bronstad, Gary Bronstad, Janine Nelson, and Brenda (and Brent) Moritz; six great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Elizabeth, Haden, Alex, Nadia and Lydia, and nine step-great-grandchildren: Annie, Charles, Madeline, Gabriel, Nicholas, Makenzie, Trystan, Ahlya, and Brent Jr.; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and dear friends.
Casket bearers will be James, Brian, Jessica and Michelle Olson, Matthew and Ricky Bronstad, Janine Nelson, Brenda Moritz, and Wyatt Heinen. Orma Lou Jacobsma will provide music for the service. Memorials are preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church.