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January 3, 1996 – Sunday, July 1, 2012

Service Information
New Life Community Church in Maple Grove
Friday, July 6, 2012
2:00 P.M.

Visitation Information
AT THE FUNERAL HOME
Thursday, July 5, 2012
4-8 P.M.

Michaela Marie Olson, age 16, of St. Michael passed away on Sunday, July 1st, 2012.
She was born on January 3, 1996 in Coon Rapids, MN the daughter of DuWayne S. & Robin L. Walton Olson.
Michaela would have been a junior this fall at St. Michael-Albertville High School.
First and foremost, Michaela loved Jesus! She was a living testament for Christ to all the students and staff at her school. She loved studying and preparing for the rapture of Christ. Quite fittingly, known by her classmates as the ‘Rapture Girl”. She was never shy about sharing her faith in Christ.
She also enjoyed soccer, choir, kayaking, horseback riding, hanging out with her friends, chatting on Facebook and watching Christian videos on You-Tube. Michaela often took her brother and sister to the park to play and was in the process of reading “The Left Behind Series” for the 4th time.
Michaela is survived by her loving parents: DuWayne & Robin Olson. Her siblings: Johnathan DuWayne Olson and Cassandra Lynn Olson. Her paternal grandparents: Sharon and Marvin Martinson of Alexandria and maternal grandfather: Darrel Walton of Everly, Iowa; uncles and aunts: Curtis and Heather Olson of Otsego, Dawn and Greg Anderson of Willow River, and Ryan Olson of Alexandria; cousins: Justin Olson, Hannah Olson, Nathan Olson, Emma Olson and Katlyn Olson; other relatives and many friends.
Preceded in death by her paternal grandfather: Robert Olson, maternal grandmother: Cheryl Walton and by a maternal uncle: Michael Walton.
Funeral services for Michaela Olson will be held on Friday, July 6th at 2:00 P.M. at New Life Community, 6900 West Fish Lake Road, in Maple Grove. Pastor James Leonard will officiate.
A Memorial Service for St. Michael-Albertville Staff, Students and Friends will be held on Thursday, July 5th from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Visitation continues on Thursday, July 5th from 4-8 P.M. at the funeral home, 300 North Main Street, St. Michael.
Honorary Casket Bearers are Matt Hutchinson, Troy Ludgate and 2014 Classmates Ryan Kerber and John Goenner.
Casket Bearers are Engel Paauwe, Ron Steinert, Doug Radke, Ron Albrecht, Jeff Berrington, and Dave Green.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com

11 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tracy Pierce

    There are no words to convey our deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. I work with Heather at CAER and pray that your family’s love and faith gets you through this difficult time. You are all in our prayers.

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  2. Ginger Ebeling

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  3. Tracey (Putnam) Bailey

    Robin:
    I can’t even imagine the pain you’re feeling and I know words won’t really ease the pain but I wanted you to know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I saw this poem awhile back and thought of it when I heard about your daughter.

    When You feel Lonely
    When a person you love passes away
    Look to the night sky on a clear day.
    The star that to you, appears to be bright,
    Will be your loved one,
    Looking upon you during the night.
    The lights of heaven are what shows through
    As your loved one watches all that you do.
    When you feel lonely for the one that you love,
    Look to the Heavens in the night sky above.

    Author unknown

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  4. Kristen Ferrian

    I’m so sorry to hear of your tragic loss.
    Worked with Robin at Dressbarn and my girls go to STMA. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

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  5. J. Willis Wesley

    RE: Organ donation
    Our family is an organ/tissue donor family. Our daughter, Alison, died 15 years ago of a stroke at the age of 25, July 2, 1997. Alison was an avid jogger and lived by a disciplined balance of nourishment and exercise. At the bedside of her death we were invited by the Organ Procurement Organization of that health care facility to donate her organs as a way to “save lives” and “make meaning of her death”. This then was supposed to give our family some consolation. As a family, we consented. Her organs were recovered following an assessment of being “brain dead”.

    In our journey as a donor family we came to appreciate that Life is a Gift. That Gift comes from our Creator and is comprised of a Spirit which is endowed with God’s Love for man. Eventually, each of our Spirits will return to the Creator. However, our respective share of God’s Love remains as our legacy to be cherished by our surviving family, friends, and beneficiaries. Today organ and tissue donation is referred to as a “Gift of Life”. “Gift of Life” is especially appropriate with respect to the converse, life is a gift. In our journey, this seems to be the essence of organ/tissue donation. Through the “Gift of Life” the organ/tissue becomes a vehicle by which the donor’s love serves synergistically to enhance the life of the recipient, enabling the recipient to continue sharing their own respective love with their family, friends, and the donor’s family.

    With the support we have experienced as a donor family we can say our injured faith is healing, hope is redefined, and love is being rejuvenated. Instead of “making meaning of Alison’s death”, we are now able to make meaning of her life.

    Along with our condolences on the loss of Michaela, we wish you consolation in the future knowing that her share of God’s Love dwells in her community as a lasting legacy.

    Dominus vobiscum (The Lord be with you!)

    J. Willis Wesley
    Donor Father

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  6. samantha duncan

    I am so sorry to hear of your families loss. i did not know her to well but what i have herd of her and what i know she was a very sweet and caring girl. your family is in my thoughts and prayers. R.I.P Michaela Olson!!!

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  7. J. Willis Wesley

    RE: Organ donation
    Our family is an organ/tissue donor family. Our daughter, Alison, died 15 years ago of a stroke at the age of 25, July 2, 1997. Alison was an avid jogger and lived by a disciplined balance of nourishment and exercise. At the bedside of her death we were invited by the Organ Procurement Organization of that health care facility to donate her organs as a way to “save lives” and “make meaning of her death”. This then was supposed to give our family some consolation. As a family, we consented. Her organs were recovered following an assessment of being “brain dead”.

    In our journey as a donor family we came to appreciate that Life is a Gift. That Gift comes from our Creator and is comprised of a Spirit which is endowed with God’s Love for man. Eventually, each of our Spirits will return to the Creator. However, our respective share of God’s Love remains as our legacy to be cherished by our surviving family, friends, and beneficiaries. Today organ and tissue donation is referred to as a “Gift of Life”. “Gift of Life” is especially appropriate with respect to the converse, life is a gift. In our journey, this seems to be the essence of organ/tissue donation. Through the “Gift of Life” the organ/tissue becomes a vehicle by which the donor’s love serves synergistically to enhance the life of the recipient, enabling the recipient to continue sharing their own respective love with their family, friends, and the donor’s family.

    With the support we have experienced as a donor family we can say our injured faith is healing, hope is redefined, and love is being rejuvenated. Instead of “making meaning of Alison’s death”, we are now able to make meaning of her life.

    Along with our condolences on the loss of Michaela, we wish you consolation in the future knowing that her share of God’s Love dwells in her community as a lasting legacy.

    Dominus vobiscum (The Lord be with you!)

    J. Willis Wesley
    Donor Father

    Reply
  8. Fran Helle-The Helle Family

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My children Adrianna and Jacob went to school with your daughter Michaela. Your daughter was a beautiful person inside and out. Jesus really seemed to shine through her to others. We want you to know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I will pray that he will heal all your pain and help you all get through this very hard time. May God Bless you,

    Love the Helle Family

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  9. Beth A. Glasser

    Michaela was obviously wise beyond her years. Your precious family will be in my thoughts and prayers daily throughout the days and months ahead.

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  10. Betty Walton

    So sorry to hear of Michaela’s passing. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts. Please stay in touch. Love to all, Aunt Betty

    Reply
  11. linda faue [hayes]

    we have never met but when a child leaves us too fast there is always a tear may god be with you and give you strengh to go on and remember all the good time you shared

    Reply

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