Margaret M. Olson, 79, of Redwood Falls, formerly of Bismarck, N.D, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale following complications from vascular disease. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, June 22, at Church of the Ascension in Bismarck, with Pastor James Braaten officiating. Burial was in Mandan Union Cemetery.
Marge was born August 14, 1933, in Langdon, N.D., one of four children of Ole and Verna (Wild) Johnson. She graduated valedictorian of the 1951 class of St. Alphonsus School, and went on to graduate with honors from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph with a degree in English.
Her first teaching job was in Rolla, N.D., teaching English, and she was also in charge of the library. That was when her interest in library science grew leading her to pursue certification in that field.
After Rolla, Marge taught in Mandan, N.D., where she met the love of her life, John H. Olson. John and Marge married September 1, 1962, in Langdon. Marge worked in the Grand Forks Public Library while John finished his degree at the University of North Dakota, but when John took a teaching job in Enderlin, N.D., in 1963, she began teaching English at Enderlin High School.
Seven years later when their only child, Anne, was born, Marge worked part-time as the head librarian at the school.
In 1979, the couple moved to Bismarck, where Marge began in the Bismarck Public Schools as a tutor at Wachter Junior High School where she concluded her teaching career in 1995 after 15 years in the WJH language arts department.
Because of a decline in her health, Marge moved to Redwood Falls in 2010 to live with Anne, Chad and her grandchildren, and she enjoyed many dance recitals and school programs. There were lots of stories shared and many blessings.
In addition to her love of her family and of teaching, Marge was known for many things including her devoted Catholic faith, letter writing to family and friends, her amazing sugar cookies and “grandma bread” and her sincere generosity and kind spirit. She enjoyed knitting, was an avid reader and loved a good crossword puzzle and hot cup of coffee.
Marge is survived by her daughter, Anne Marie (Olson) Johnson and her husband Chad of Redwood Falls and three grandchildren, Alexis, Amanda and Cole; one sister, Rita Johnson of Bismarck; one brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Bobbie Johnson of Langdon; sisters-in-law, Jane (Olson) Harsh of Winchester, Va., sister Stella Olson of Fargo and Beth (Morrison) Olson of Richfield; many loving nieces and nephews, many “Wild” relatives and so many wonderful friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, John; parents, Ole and Verna; sister, Anne Johnson and brothers-in-law, Arthur W. Olson II, Dennis T. Olson I. and Stan Harsh.
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