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Jacqueline Elaine Olson, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on November 5, 2023, at the age of 86. Born on February 26, 1937, in Moorhead, Minnesota, to Charles and Wilhelmina (Enander) Waln, Jacqueline was a woman of remarkable warmth, generosity, and unwavering love for her family and friends.

After graduating from Staples High School, Jacqueline pursued her passion for nursing, earning her degree from Glenwood Hills College. It was during this time that she met the love of her life, Robert “Bob” Olson, and they were united in marriage in July of 1960. Her nursing career took her to various hospitals, including Staples Hospital, North Memorial in Robbinsdale, and Camden Physicians, where her dedication to her patients and colleagues was widely recognized. Her commitment to the well-being of others was a testament to her character and heart.

Jacqueline’s kindness extended beyond her profession. She was kind and always willing to help when needed. She had a talent for crafting and crocheting, creating beautiful Afghan blankets that she lovingly shared with her family and friends on special occasions. Throughout decades of annual family gatherings for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Jacque’s contribution of holiday appropriate crafts, her awesome holiday cut-out and frosted sugar cookies, and legendary “pink salad”, were the staples everyone looked forward to. Jacque made the holidays so special. She took pride in the decorations she carefully put up, and wrapped each present with love and care.

Jacque loved to travel, but cherished most were her visits to Oregon, spending time with family and relatives and the Oregon coast which she loved so much. Oh yeah, and See’s candy! Her many trips to Canada with her husband and son to spend time with other family and friends by the lake were some of her fondest memories as well. She was the best Mom and will be missed so much.

Jacqueline is preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents, Charles and Wilhelmina; her sister, Charlene Coe; and her nephews Brad and Jason.

She is survived by her son, Charles (Brenda); her granddaughter, Vanessa; her brothers, Kim (Jeanne) Waln and Mike (Diane) Waln; her aunt, LaVern Scherner; as well as her nieces and nephews, Ryan, Lindsay, Stephanie, Kristina, and Jared in Minnesota, and Bruce, Tammy, and Brian in Oregon, and a host of other relatives and wonderful friends.

A memorial service to celebrate Jacqueline’s life will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 12:00 PM, with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, MN (119 Central Avenue).

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo, MN. Messages of condolence for the family may be shared at

3 Guestbook Entries

  1. Holly Zachman

    Oh where do I begin to tell how special Jacque was to me.

    I worked in the dining room at Havenwood and have had the pleasure of becoming wonderful friends with Jacque from the first day she moved in.

    When I left Havenwood after 2.5 years it enabled me to come up and visit her a few times a week, we had such fun visits, and we both loved to color.

    She was the kindest person I’ve ever been blessed to know.

    I will truly miss that beautiful, sweet lady. She became like a mother to me.

    Prayers for peace and comfort surround her family.

    She was an absolute gem!

  2. Rick & Lynda Atkinson & Tristan

    I met Jackie in Anoka, she was our neighbor. We became friends right away. I would bring our grandson, Tristan over to visit her and we would have such fun. We were sad when she had to move but I never lost touch with her. I would visit when I could and take her on outings shopping and for lunch. Our grandson loved to visit Jackie. Jackie was a good friend and we loved her dearly. We will miss her, she was a very kind person always happy and positive. Rest in peace you will always be remembered in our hearts.

    Condolences to the family and her son who she lived dearly.

  3. Dawn Allen

    I met Jacque doing homecare. I knew from the first meeting we would be friends. She was genuine, sweet and kind yet had a feisty fun side I loved. I actually joked saying we have to be related we have family from the same very small town of Bluegrass! I left homecare and was told I could not contact Jacque. We think that lasted two weeks!! Soon we were running around shopping on weekends together! Boy was she fun! I am so thankful to have been her friend. May she still be visiting friends and family with her smile and laugh.


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