Olive Godtland, 1930-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, August 21, 2016

Olive Ann (Rasmusson) Godtland was born June 20, 1930, in Emmons to a proud Norwegian family. She was the daughter of Otto and Alice (Butler) Rasmusson. She grew up in Emmons and was baptized and confirmed at Emmons Lutheran Church. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1948. She graduated in 1950 from Waldorf College with an associate’s in education degree. During college, she was a member of Waldorf Choir, touring throughout several states. She graduated in 1960 from Mankato State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. 

Olive Godtland

Olive Godtland

On Aug. 16, 1954, she was united in marriage to Arthur Godtland Jr. at Emmons Lutheran Church. She worked 38 years as a teacher, which included being a kindergarten teacher for 26 years in her hometown of Emmons. She retired at 58, relocated with her husband to northern Minnesota and lived in the lake home built by her husband, Art, on Lake Benedict near Walker. Art also built the home they lived at in Albert Lea with their four children. After retirement, she had teaching licenses in three states: Minnesota, Texas and Arizona. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. Enjoying her retirement, she was the queen of Leech Lake Ladies Red Hat Society, a member of the Sons of Norway, the American Legion Auxiliary, attended a monthly book club and liked doing stained glass. She had a strong Christian faith, and loved her family, friends and dogs.

Olive is survived by four children, Kathryn Jensen (Robert Bloecher), Mark Jensen, Debra Godtland Bernin (Don Bernin) and Peter (Delcie) Jensen; seven grandchildren, Benjamin Jensen (Oksana), Susan Sanders (Rob), Nate, Jared and Joshua Bernin, and Lucas and Pearce Jensen; three great-grandchildren, Max and Yana Jensen and Thomas Sanders; sister, Mary Drake; sisters-in-law Lois Undahl, Sandra Godtland and Jeanette Godtland; brothers-in-law LuVerne and Ronald (Karen) Godtland; godchildren David Anderson, John Nielsen, Lori Godtland, Amy White and Robert Baseman; and several other nieces and nephews.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Godtland Jr., in 2003; parents Otto and Alice Rasmusson; father- and mother-in-law Arthur Sr. and Grace Godtland; sisters Marie Anderson and Violet Jensen; sisters-in-law Georgia Johnson, Ruth Whiteis, and Jean, Dorothy and Eleanor Godtland; infant, Arlene Godtland; and brothers-in-law Glenn, Don, Ellsworth, Raymond and Richard Godtland, Arnold Johnson, Dale Whiteis, DuVerne Undahl, William Anderson, Robert Jensen and Douglas Drake.

Olive Ann passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at the age of 86. Her family said she will always be the queen of their hearts. God bless her memory.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hope Lutheran Church, 305 10th St. S., in Walker, with visitation with the family one hour prior to the service.

Internment will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery, 15550 Minnesota Highway 115, Little Falls.

Visiting with the family will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bonnerup Funeral Home, 2210 E. Main St. in Albert Lea.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emmons Lutheran Church, 490 Pearl St., Emmons, with visitation with the family one hour prior to the service.