PEQUOT LAKES -- Zelma N. Olson, age 97, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. The Rev. Dr. David N. Stevens to officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, at Willim-St.Onge Family Funeral Home in Pequot Lakes. Burial will be in Our Savior's Cemetery in Pequot Lakes.
Zelma Nora King was born April 11, 1907, in southern Iowa, near the village of York, Iowa to William Sanners and Ida Mae (Stark) King. In 1919, the family moved to the Pequot Lakes area. She was in the 8th grade at the time. She graduated from the old school in Pequot Lakes (now Scandia North) in a class of ten. This was the largest class at that time. They also were the first class to wear caps and gowns. In 1924, she met Earl M. Olson. They were married, Dec. 25, 1925. They lived in several places in the Gull Lake area before moving to the farm on East Twin Lake in 1941. They had five children: Winnifred, Wayne, Jesse, Allan and Ivan, all graduates of Pequot Lakes High School. Zelma has been a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes since 1951. Earl was in poor health the last ten years of his life, dying of a heart attack in 1966. For 21 years after Earl's death, she spent her winters visiting her children in Illinois, Ohio, Florida and California. In 1988, she moved into Parkview Apartments in Pequot Lakes. She remained involved through the years with Our Savior's Lutheran Church with Circle, the bazaar, rummage sales, the annual lutefisk dinner and, of course, the quilting with the ladies who started this back in 1965 who meet once a week at the church. She enjoyed it all but, this, too, came to an end as her eyesight failed her, as well did her ability to read and her needlework. For anyone not aware of it, Zelma was instrumental in starting the Pequot Lakes High School All-Class Reunion, first at their lake home and then as the attendance grew, the reunion was moved to the school itself, where it continues the second Sunday in August each year. Zelma remained in good health until July of 2002 when, following a fall, her health deteriorated to the point where she was unable to live alone. She was at Heritage House, south of Pequot Lakes, before moving to Bethany Good Samaritan in Brainerd. She leaves five children: Winnifred (Bill) Schulze, Onsted, Mich., Wayne (Sarah Ann) Olson, Pequot Lakes, Jesse (Deanna) Olson, Pensacola, Fla., Allen (Donna) Olson, Pequot Lakes, and Ivan (Linda) Olson, Foley, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four brothers, Claude, Ray, Glen and Kenneth, and one sister, Josephine. We cherish all the memories we have of her and shall miss her.
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