Alice A. Olson, 87, of Fergus Falls

Published 11:31am Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Alice A. Olson, 87, of Fergus Falls, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Woodland Lodge in Fergus Falls.

Alice Adella Olson was born on April 29, 1926, in Carlisle Township in Otter Tail County, the daughter of Albert and Liene (Gabriel) Beske.

She was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Elizabeth, and graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1944.

On May 4, 1950, she married Vernon Olson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.

Alice was employed at the Woolworth Store in Fergus Falls in all three of their locations, and retired after working there for 46 ½ years.

She lived in her house on Vasa Avenue for 70 years, moving into Alcott Manor in April of 2013.

Alice belonged to many bowling leagues and took lots of interesting trips for tournaments.

She enjoyed gardening and canned a lot of produce from her garden in the country, and at her home in town.

She enjoyed sewing and doing needlework, particularly hardanger. She made many pieces for friends and relatives as well as selling some. One piece of her handiwork even went to Hawaii.

She has been a member of First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls since 1951.

She cooked and helped in the kitchen for many events. She served on the church council for two terms. She also belonged to the Fergus Falls VFW Auxiliary, serving as the Auxiliary president for two terms, and was the Poppy chairman for one year, during which she won many prizes.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Vernon, in 2005; her parents; four sisters, Ruth Beske, Alma Beske, Elna Grasshoff and Esther Lewis; and three brothers, Henry Beske (stillborn), Fred Beske and Herbert Beske; and brothers-in-law, Glenn Olson, Willard Olson, Leland Derby, Louis Stephens and Marcus Johnson.

Survivors include her sisters-in-law Penny Beske of Fergus Falls, Vivian Johnson of  Wendell, and Deloris Derby; brother-in-law Harvey Grasshoff of Fergus Falls; and nieces and nephews, Evan (Barb) Lewis, Ethel (Donald) Pederson, Richard (LaVonne) Lewis, Robert (Karin) Lewis, Emily (Barney) Eggen, Barbara Martin, Connie (Joel) Grothmann, Anita Beske, Lynette (Gordon) Pederson, Marilyn (Steve) Inwards, David (Susan) Grasshoff, Paul Grasshoff, Timothy Grasshoff, Deborah (Russell) Brown, Daniel (Amy) Beske, and David Beske.

Visitation: Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service at the church

Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, at First Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls

Clergy: Rev. Saul Stensvaag

Burial: Knollwood Memorial Gardens, Fergus Falls

Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home, Fergus Falls

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