Pearl Dorothy Olson, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at her home in Stanchfield. She was 93 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 18 at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church.
VISITATION will be on Thursday, June 17 from 5 to 7 PM at Rock – Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora at 2 PM
Pearl Dorothy Olson succumbed June 15, 2010, at the age of 93 years. She was born in Maple Ridge Township, Isanti County, in the Coin community on February 3, 1917. She grew to young womanhood with her parents, Adolph and Clara (Bloom) Nelson; sister, Elvera and brother, Gordon. The family faithfully attended Siloa Lutheran Church where Pearl was baptized, attended Sunday school and confirmed.
She graduated from Coin School and continued her schooling until retirement. Pearl graduated with honors from Mora High School and later the teacher training department in Mora. She graduated with top honors with a Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education from St. Cloud State College and also with a Master of Science Degree as a reading consultant. One year post-graduate was also acquired.
Her teaching began in the rural schools of Kanabec County. She loved to teach in the country school with all the grade levels from one through eight.
During her marriage to Wallace Olson, they lived in Mora. To this union, one daughter, Joyce, was born. The family attended Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. After Wally’s sudden death on March 26, 1960, Pearl taught fifth grade in Bloomington, MN. She supervised U of M students in their teaching practicum.
Pearl enjoyed working as a reading consultant in Farmington, MN, Somerset, WI and Shakopee, MN. While at Somerset, she developed a reading program for high achievers in kindergarten to learn to read. A new challenge was always needed, so before retiring, she developed a study skills program at junior high level and taught it. At the age of 61, in 1978, she retired. She said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my educational experience.”
Pearl loved traveling, flowers, helping and sharing, giving to others, literature, poetry and entertaining family and friends for luncheons and dinners.
After retirement, she rejoined Siloa Lutheran Church, where her faith was established many years before and where her mother’s parents were among the founders. During her marriage and years in Mora, she was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where her father’s parents were among the founders. In April of this year, she joined Braham Ev. Lutheran Church, where all her immediate family attend.
Her world travels included extensive trips to South America, Australia, New Zealand and several tours to Europe which included 13 different countries. Tours took her to Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and China. Traveling took her to the first International Reading Conference in Paris, France and later years to conferences in Buenos Aries, Argentina and Vienna, Austria. Cruises included the Caribbean, Aegean Sea, Atlantic and by Alaska.
Her daughter and granddaughters went on car trips with her in the US. Pearl traveled in all 50 states as well as in Canada and Mexico. At the age of 91 in January of 2009, she took her family of 16 on a Disney World Land and Sea Trip.
Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Wallace (1960); sister, Elvera (1985); brother, Gordon (2001). She is survived by her daughter Joyce (James) Kays of Stanchfield; grandchildren: Jacque (Gordon) Nordby of Braham, Jodi (Jonathan) Hackler of Stanchfield, Jolene (Chad) Anderson of Stanchfield; nieces and nephews Darlene (Charles) Kientop of Polaski, WI, Eugene Gordhamer of Staples, Larry (Carol) Gordhamer of Ogilvie, Betty Jo (James) Williams of Cambridge, Rollin (Joanne) Nelson of Mora, Rodney Nelson of Ogilvie; seven great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.