Judith Olson, 65, Albert Lea

Published 9:39 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Funeral services for Judith Lee Olson, 65, of Albert Lea will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Lutheran Church. The Rev. Andrea Myers will officiate. Interment will be at the Hayward Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. To sign the guest book, go to www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Judith died Sunday, June 5, 2011, from complications of surgery at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

Judith Lee Olson was born on Jan. 14, 1946, to LeRoy and Dorothy (Youngdahl) Johnson in Evanston, Ill. She graduated from Evanston High School in 1964. After high school she attended Luther College, where she met her husband, Bruce. Judith graduated from Luther College in 1968. On March 15, 1969, she was united in marriage to Bruce Olson in Evanston. The couple made their home in Hayward until 1977 when they moved to Albert Lea. Judith worked at the Albert Lea Tribune until her children were born and then substituted in the Glenville School District. Judith was the secretary/treasurer of Bruce’s business J & B Builders from 1977-1992. She then went to work for Chase Levy from 1992 to 2009. Judith was a devoted mother and enjoyed watching her sons play football, hockey, baseball and softball through the years. Judith was very active as a bowler and golfer, being city champion in bowling one year and having a hole in one at the old country club. Reading was a passion of Judith’s. She also enjoyed spending the last two winters in Florida where she and Bruce had a second home. Judith’s greatest joy was the time spent with her four grandchildren whom she treasured. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, especially her family. Blessed be her memory.

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Survivors include her husband, Bruce; sons: Reid (Sarah) Olson and Travis (Jill Watney) Olson all of Albert Lea; grandchildren: Nicholas Olson, Alex Olson, Michael Olson and Maggie Olson; brother, Dustin (Joy) Johnson of Alexandria; brother-in-law, David (Alice) Olson of Kansas City, Mo.; sister-in-law, Mac Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles in the Chicago Land area.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Steven Johnson; and in-laws, Paul and Alta Olson.

Memorials preferred to Freeborn County Historical Museum Building Fund.