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August 7, 1946 – January  2, 2023

Janis (“Jan”) Jean Olson, of Buffalo, MN, passed away on January 2, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 76. Jan was born in Minneapolis, MN on August 7, 1946, to parents Odin & Jean Melgaard. Her family lived in Rogers, MN until moving to Buffalo when she was seven. Jan graduated from Buffalo High School in 1964. She attended Mankato State before returning to Buffalo and working at an orthopedic clinic. On January 21, 1967, Jan was joined in holy marriage to Marlowe W. Anderson at Zion Lutheran Church and moved to Lake Pulaski in Buffalo later that year. God blessed their marriage with three children, Stephanie, Leslie, and Hunter. Jan played a critical role as partner in Marlowe’s business, Buffalo Refrigeration, and she also owned and operated her own fabric store, Jan’s Fabrics. Jan and her family enjoyed their life together on Lake Pulaski – hosting many gatherings for friends, family, and neighbors while enjoying many beautiful sunsets overlooking the west side of the lake.

After 27 years of marriage, Marlowe passed away in 1994. On January 17, 1998, Jan married Eldon Olson at Buffalo Covenant Church. Jan and Eldon enjoyed traveling, spending winters in Arizona, and spending time with their grandchildren. After moving to the other side of Lake Pulaski, Jan continued to host her friends, family, and neighbors and was able to enjoy all the amazing sunrises now overlooking the east side of the lake.

Jan had countless interests… sewing, baking, driving, maintaining her perfect yard, splitting wood, life on Lake Pulaski, but what she loved most was spending time with her family. She was dedicated, faithful, and compassionate, and truly had a servant’s heart. Jan was baptized and believed in Jesus, and today she is in her heavenly home. This gift of faith given to her by the Lord sustained her throughout all her days on earth, particularly in her journey through her cancer diagnosis and treatment. She was a shining light for others to see, and we look forward to seeing her again on the Last Day when Jesus returns. Amen.

Jan is preceded in death by her parents, Odin and Jean Melgaard; in-laws Fred and Bernice Anderson; first husband Marlowe and second husband Eldon; sister-in-law Adrienne Melgaard.

Survived by brother Gerard Melgaard; children Stephanie (Mike) Shaffer, Leslie Anderson, Hunter (Dawn) Anderson; brother-in-law Kent Anderson; Terri (Reid) Gilbert, Dan (Andra) Olson, Mark (Thona) Olson, Julie (Dennis) Lingo; Nephew Hans (Jeani) Melgaard & niece Camille (Ian) MacCallum.

15 Grandchildren; Jennie (Brian), Lindsey, Emily, Audrey, Michael (Gayle), Allie (Sam), Erik (Katie), Thomas (Kellie), Kirsten, Matt (Mollie), Luke, Andrew, Sam, Wyatt & Macie.

10 great grandchildren; Henrik, Magnus, Sky, Sula, Gordie, Marin, Roman, Bode, Sage & Eliza.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 5th from 4pm to 7pm at Buffalo Covenant Church. Memorial service will be held Friday, January 6th, at 11am with visitation one hour prior at Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN. The Peterson Chapel Buffalo, MN 763-682-1363


12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ken weese

    My deepest condolences and prayers are with your whole family ❤️

  2. Judy Esau Marinoff

    Janis was a dear classmate and friend. I spent many of my younger years at her house across from the HS. She was always kind and ready to make you feel good. I never heard her say an unkind word to anyone.
    My blessings to her large family of loved ones. I know you and many others will have beautiful memories to share❤️

  3. Dan and Carol Bitzer

    Our deepest sympathies for all of Jan’s family. Dan and Carol Bitzer

  4. Faythe Thomas Mills

    Jan was a beautiful woman inside and out. My prayers and love go out to all of her family❤️❤️‍🩹🙏🏻

  5. Ruth Casperson

    My prayers for all the family. Jan was a beautiful person inside and out

  6. Bill and MaryToms

    Sympathy for the family in your sorrow

  7. Jaynie

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My prayers are with your whole family during this time.

  8. Don& jeanne wermager

    So very sorry for your loss. She had a special ♥ for many!

  9. Tim Hanson

    Jan was a huge blessing to Eldon and the entire Olson family. God bless her memory.

  10. Lisa and Craig Utterberg

    Dear Family, we are so sorry to hear of Janis’s passing.
    The Anderson family was our neighbors by pulaski for many years. They are an awesome family, loving, kind,and gracious.
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    We are very sorry we can’t attend any of the services, but please know our hearts are with you.
    Godspeed Janis.

  11. Dale Bjorklund

    I will always remember Jan as such a warm, caring, lady. So sorry for everyone’s loss! She will be missed! Sorry I was unable to attend the services. I have you all in my thoughts & prayers 🙏

  12. Judy Maehling klatt

    Sympathy to Jan’s family. We were classmates and our parents were friends. Jan was a sweet kind lady.


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