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October 9, 1911 – Friday, August 31, 2012

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, September 28, 2012
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Friday, September 28, 2012
10:00 AM

Margaret Loraine Olson, age 100, of Buffalo passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012.

She was born in St. James, MN on October 9, 2011 the daughter of Edward and Ida (Anderson) Nelson.

She attended St. James schools and after gradtuating from high school, she attended Mankato State Teachers College.

Her first teaching position was in the elementary school in Becker, MN where she met and married Gordon Johnson, a farmer and school bus driver. They were blessed with three children, Roger, Douglas and Marilyn while living in the Becker area.

When the children were still small, they moved to the Nelson family farm near Ormbsy, MN. Another son, Loren, was born there. After farming and raising their family, Margaret and Gordon, many years later retired in St. James, MN. They took part in a few group bus tours and visited family but mainly stayed close to home. Margaret was active in church, garden club, senior center, crafts, furniture refinishing and in being very artistic, she painted amy beautiful oil paintings. After celebrating 51 years together, Gordon passed away.
Margaret later married Ivar Olson, they had 25 happy years together and while living at Brandt Ridge assisted living at 101, Ivar passed away. Shortly after that, Margaret moved to Lake Ridge Center in Buffalo, MN to be closer to family.

She is survived by son Roger (Delores) Johnson of Buffalo, MN; daughter Marilyn (Robert) Mayer of Roseville, MN; daughter-in-law Bonnie Johnson of St. Anthony, MN; step-son Paul (Kathy) Olson of Arizona; sister-in-law Olivia Nelson from Lake Crystal, MN; grandchildren Craig, Kelly, Julie (Jack), Thomas (Wendy), Bryan (Jan), Greg (Kat), Andrew (Mary), Kristina (Rob), Eric (Lisa), Ross (Lucia); step-grandchildren John and Kristin; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Chester, sister Eleanor Hunt, first husband Gordon, second husband Ivar, sons Douglas and Loren, and step-son Howard Olson.

Margaret will be remembered as someone who loved to visit with people, took great pride in her family, always kept a beautiful home and made sure she always look presentable in apprearance.

Funeral services for Margaret will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN. Pastor Ted Vanderpan and Pastor Luke Schmidt will officiate.

Visitation will held one hour prior to services.

Private interment at Mount Hope Cemetery, St. James, MN on October 1, 2012.

The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo assisted the family with arrangements.

1 Guestbook Entry

  1. Gail and Frank Brendemuehl

    Aunt Margaret was always a model for graciousness. She was a lovely woman inside and out. Our condolences to all of the family.


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