Marilyn Beatrice (Maiers) Olson, died peacefully at home surrounded by family Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
Mari was one of five children, born to Peter and Helen (Tomkins) Maiers Sept. 29, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minn. Mari graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis in 1942.
After high school Mari worked in downtown Minneapolis and southern California. After being set up on a blind date during Lent by her cousin Ione, she married Robert P. Olson May 18, 1946. Mari traveled the world with her husband. Mari and Bob were married 57 years until his passing in July, 2003.
Mari and Bob moved to Winona in 1958. She worked at Spurgeon’s for many years in the drapery department. Mari had numerous hobbies, sewing clothes for her family, furniture upholstering and refinishing woodwork and of course quilting.
She was a woman of deep faith, self-less love, and unwavering kindness, these are values she taught her family by displaying them every day. Mari was a true artist, creating beautiful and beloved clothing and quilts for her children and grandchildren. She was a long time member of the St. Casmir’s Church and quilting group. Mari enjoyed her summers and falls at Pollywog Farm where she entertained family and friends. She swam regularly at the Winona YMCA into her 90s, and never missed mass. She was open to any social event and always ready to help her family. Mari loved all of God’s creatures, but especially dogs. She was funny, generous, thrifty, and above all, kind.
Mari is survived by her sister, Louella (Rog) McInerny; eight children, Candy (Bill) Pritchard, Helene (John) Olson-Reed, Terry (Teresa) Olson, Bob/Boomer (DeDe) Olson, Su (Paul) Spafford, Mark Olson, Mari (Chris) O’Connor, and Greg/Skip (Barb) Olson; 19 grandchildren, Bill and Sean Pritchard, Valerie Kostecka, Megan and Peter Olson, Kale Olson-Reed, Amber Oshan, Cara Olson-Kolb, Sara Spafford-Freeman, Leah Omar, Joel and Samuel Spafford, Brianna Olson-Carr, Mariah Olson-Carr, Gabrielle O’Connor, Abigail Castleberry, Christopher O’Connor, Taylor and Bailey Olson; 17 great-grandchildren, Danica Oldenburg and Samara Pritchard, Jada, Tia and Paige Pritchard, Alexander, Adam and April Kostecka, Adelita Reed, Priya and Arjun Oshan, Charlotte, Jack and Ingrid Freeman, Khalil and Scarlett Omar, and Draven Madeira. Mari is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; brothers, Peter and Don; sister, Patricia; nephew, Rog McInerny, Kim Anderson; niece, Jeanne Anderson; brother-in-law, Bill Anderson; sisters in-law, Charlene (Peter) Maiers, Charlene (Don) Maiers; and daughter in-law, Jackie (Mark) Olson-Carr.
Mari was cared for by a village of wonderful people in her final years, people we thank now for their love and care.
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In lieu of flowers, please donate to some of Mari’s passions, St. Casmir’s quilters, Winona Area Humane Society, and Winona Health Area Hospice Services.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at St. Casimir’s Catholic Church, where the recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held at 7:45 p.m. Visitation will also be held from 10 a.m. Monday, July 17, until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Casimir’s. The Reverend Mark C. McNea will officiate.
Mari will be laid to rest in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.