Madison - Louise (Marie) Godwin Olson, age 94, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Agrace HospiceCare in Madison. Louise was born on May 14, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to Henry and Georgia Godwin. She was united in marriage on October 19, 1947 to Clarence C. Olson in Minneapolis. Louise graduated from Marshall High School in Minneapolis in 1943, and went on to attend the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1947 with a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics and Related Arts. In 1972, she received her Master's Degree in Dietetics from the University of Wisconsin -Madison. As an undergrad student at UM, Louise was a member of Phi U and Omicron NU honorary societies. She was honored by them as the national student of the year.
Moving to Fargo, ND in 1947, Louise and Clarence parented their four children. Louise was employed as a dietician at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison for 17 years. Louise was a master seamstress, and knitter. A favorite interest was American History. She and Clarence enjoyed traveling through the US and Europe, especially Norway.
Louise was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, UW Home Economics Association, Phi U, Madison Knitters Guild, Sons of Norway, Yggdrasil Literary Society, Daughters of Demeter, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Louise is survived by her husband, Clarence; children, Janet Johnson, James (Heidi) Olson, David (Liz) Olson, and Donna (James) Zarek; grandchildren, Kjersten (Mitchell) Walleser, Annika Olson, Thomas Olson, Erik (Jorie) Olson, Ryan Olson, Jessie (Adam) Miller, and Kristi (Kevin) Wright; and great-grandchildren, Soren Walleser, Maggie, Aidan, Logan Miller, Nora, Andrew, and Zachary Wright. She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother; and son-in-law, Dale Johnson.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at BETHANY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, UW Phi U Scholarship Fund, or the DAR Scholarship Fund. The family would like to thank the many friends, especially Dennis and Gail Steinhorst, who helped during Louise's illness.
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Clarence- sorry to hear about Louise's death! Wonderfully, fond memories we Kirkings had over the years with your family!!! We will all miss her!
Clarence-Thanks for the wonderful conversations at many Madison area Home Economics gatherings. You both were so enjoyable. I hope the jam on chicken/pork chops worked out. It was wonderful to witness your bond. Clarence and Ruth-My sympathy.
I am sorry for your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need. I will be there in spirit because I have another funeral to go to. John Frey
May Louise's beautiful soul rest in peace
Jimmy sorry to hear of your mom. I remember your mom getting after us from time to time. I don't understand, we such good boys. 😁 Hope to see you at West High reunion in several weeks.
It was an honor to know Louise and call you a friend. I remember calling your home and when you answered with your typical greeting it made me smile. You were always so very nice and such a great person. Best wishes to Clarence, and the rest of your family.
My first memory of "Mrs. Olsen" was as a Brownie Scout leader in the Midvale Heights area. Since then, as a longtime member of Bethany UMC. May Clarence and family know God's comfort at this time. Joanne Hellen Jastram
We have the honor of knowing this lovely lady. I admired her spirit and positive attitude. She always had a warm smile to share. Sending our deepest condolences Clarence and her family. 🌹
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