Vernice Olson, 99

Vernice (Nelson) Olson, age 99, of Cokato, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at the Cokato Manor.

She was born March 24, 1918, in Litchfield, to her proud parents, Adolph and Anna (Johnson) Nelson of Litchfield.

Vernice was confirmed June 12, 1932, at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield.

She attended and graduated from the Litchfield High School.

After high school, Vernice took care of children until she married Herman Olson May 25, 1940, in Milaca. Her marriage was blessed with two children, James Olson and Carol Ann (Olson) Lee. The family spent 32 years together living north of Dassel on the farm.

Herman passed away in 1972. After his death, Vernice moved to Darwin and lived in town. She worked many years at Hansen Hardware in Darwin, and became very close to the Hansen children.

She then worked at Crest Electronics until the age of 72, when she retired. While working at Crest Electronics, she met her “adopted” daughter, Marg Holm.

Vernice was a devoted member of Swan Lake Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and spent many hours in the kitchen. In her free time, she was always baking cookies, donuts, and hosting “Birthday Club.”

She was very proud to live in Darwin, and was always talking about the Biggest Ball of Twine.

Vernice was a devoted Christian who read her Bible and daily devotions. She loved teaching Sunday school.

She also enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, and playing Bingo and cards.

Vernice was a devoted wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, and Sunday school teacher.

She is survived by her children, James (Mavis) Olson of Atwater, and Carol (Galen) Lee of Cokato; five granddaughters, Dr. Kim Olson and Kenny Housman of Atwater, Lyn (Richard) Voigt of Grove City, Carrie (Myron) Klinkner of Loretto, Katie Olson of Atwater, and Laurie (Brandon) Johnson of Sartell; and five great-grandchildren, Delton Voigt, John and Sarah Klinkner, and Emma and Lindsey Johnson.

In addition to her husband, Herman, Vernice was preceded in death by her parents; and three siblings, Vernon Nelson, John Nelson, and Adele Johnson.

Her funeral service took place Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Revs. Laurie O’Shea and John Peterson officiating. Interment followed at the Swan Lake Cemetery.

There was one-hour visitation prior to the service Wednesday morning at the church.

Memorials are requested to be given to the Swan Lake Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

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