Judith Olson, 1945-2019
Funeral services for Judith C. Olson of Albert Lea will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at East Freeborn Lutheran Church. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in East Freeborn Cemetery.
Judith died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at her home in Albert Lea after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by her family. She was 74.
Judy was born March 14, 1945, in Albert Lea, the daughter of Aleck and Harriet (Thompson) Broskoff. She graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1963 and was united in marriage to Larry Olson on Aug. 24, 1963, at East Freeborn Lutheran Church. Judy was a Freeborn County resident all of her life and had been employed by the Albert Lea area school district as a paraeducator for 34 years. She was a very active member of East Freeborn Lutheran Church, where she was a church organist for over 25 years, member of the altar guild, taught Sunday school, and was active in Christmas programs and the mitten tree program.
Judy was a member of the Bone Builders in Hayward and Albert Lea and honorary chairwoman for the Freeborn County Relay for Life. Judy loved music, bowling, the Freeborn County Fair, family trips to Alexandria for over 50 years with her family, butterflies and shopping for needy children at Christmas. The real love of her life was her family, especially the grandchildren.
Judy is survived by her husband, Larry, of Albert Lea; children Gina Gullickson of Albert Lea, Angie (Gary) Langerud of Winona and Steve (Sonya) Olson of Albert Lea; and grandchildren Dalton, Daniel (Jessica), Lexi, Amanda (Tyler), Ashley (Branden), Mariah (Josh), Jordon and Cody (April O’Connor). There are 10 great-grandchildren, Tripp, Dash, Knox, Brielle, Jaxon, Addie, Sully, Hudson, Nash and Nova. Also surviving is one sister, Julie (Steven) Jerdee, of Albert Lea; brother-in-law, Howard Wilkins, of Milwaukee; sister-in-law, Kathy (Ron) Sipple, of Albert Lea; mother-in-law, Verona Thorson, of Albert Lea; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Randy Jensen; sister, Jaynee Wilkins; and fathers-in-law Donald Olson and Warren Thorson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.