Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN

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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

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Joanne M. Olen of Mora, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 30, 2018 at home.  She was 85 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be at 11:00 am. on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be from 5-7 pm. on Thursday, December 6, at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be at a later date.

Joanne Olen, passed away peacefully at home the morning of Friday, November 30, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was 85 years old.

Joanne Mae (Pearson) Olen was born May 18, 1933 to John Ehard and Mae (Halbert) Pearson at their home in Kennedy, Minnesota. Joanne graduated from Kennedy High School in 1951. After High School she moved to Minneapolis where she worked at an insurance company and as a nurse’s assistant at a clinic.

On June 27, 1953 Joanne married Walton Olen at the Salem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The couple was blessed with two children, Bill and Kim. The family moved several times from Minneapolis to Coon Rapids; Brentwood and Kirkwood, MO; Lombard, IL before settling in 1971 on a dairy farm in Mora, MN.

Joanne actively participated and enjoyed the daily farm chores, especially caring for the calves. You could always hear her calling “come calfin’”. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church contributing to Lunch with a Friend and Quilting. She helped put together over 110 church quilts.
Joanne was a member of the Dala Heritage Society, Dala Folk Dancers, and the Vasaloppet. She was honored to be chosen Kranskulla in 2001.

Walt and Joanne were married for 65 years. They enjoyed traveling; around the US visiting relatives and friends, three times to Sweden, and twice to Norway. Joanne’s hobbies included quilting, baking and cooking, gardening, genealogy, and making prayer shawls for church. She helped start the Lefsa program at church and was known as “The Lefsa Lady”.

Joanne enjoyed and dearly loved her five grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Joanne was always thinking of others, she enjoyed looking at the clouds and you NEVER left her house hungry. She will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ehard and Mae Pearson, and brother Donald Pearson.

She is survived by her husband Walton; children, William (Julie) Olen and Kimberly (Bryan) Brown; grandchildren, Lucas (Jessica) Olen, Ryan (Jaime) Graves, Larissa (Rob) Indrebo, Reid (Shari) Graves, Kelsey Graves and Nolan Gilbertson; eleven great grandchildren Ty, Isaac, London, Reese, Isabelle, Haven, Carly, Vaeda, Chase, Cali, and Addison; sisters Sharon (Gary) Hamack and Judy Brosdahl (Chuck Peterson); many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

7 thoughts on “JOANNE M. OLEN”

  1. Words cannot convey our sadness in the loss of Joanne. We have so many fond memories of her and her stories. God needed another flower for his garden and chose one beautiful lady. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family.

  2. Joanne was such a nice lady. We had some good chats at the puzzle contests at Mora UMC. She will be missed.

  3. Our family would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Joanne M. Olen. Words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, and death is truly a painful enemy to the human family. Please take comfort in 2 scriptures found in God’s Word the Bible. John 5:28,29 speaks of the resurrection, and Revelation 21:3,4 promises the time in the future when death and mourning will be no more. Our prayers are with you.

  4. May words of comfort and the love and encouragement of family and friends supply the strength you need during this difficult time. The memories of Joanne will be cherished remembering the good times visitng in Hallock with Pete and Joan Craigmile and family. Olen is an Awesome family.

  5. I am so sad to hear of Joanne’s passing. She opened her home and heart to me when I met her through the Vassaloppet events in Mora. She and my niece made lefse together one year and it was so joyful ! Her impact on my life was large. Prayers for Walt and all of the family. She is in my heart forever.

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