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Beverly Olsen

Beverly Ann Marie Olsen, age 85, of New London, died Tuesday evening, September 1, at Glen Oaks Care Center in New London following a short battle with breast cancer.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in New London. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Peterson Brothers Green Lake Funeral Home in Spicer, www.petersonbrothers.com.

Beverly Ann Marie Olsen was born July 5, 1930 in Marshfield, Wisconsin, the daughter of Martin and Hilda (Hildebrandt) Kobs, in an upstairs room over her father's cheese factory. She received her education in a one room school house across the road from her home where she met and grew up with her first husband, Harvey Paasch. Beverly graduated from high school at the age of 16 and began working for Felker Oil Company as a bookkeeper. On September 24, 1949, Beverly was married to Harvey Paasch and they lived on a dairy farm outside of Marshfield. Harvey passed away after only six months of marriage. Beverly entered nursing school at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield that fall. In 1953, she earned her nursing degree and on August 22, 1953, was married to Rev. Floyd Olsen. She served in many different capacities as a RN over the years in Iowa and Wisconsin, as her husband was a Pastor and they moved often. In 1993, they retired and moved to New London, Minnesota. Beverly's hobbies included knitting, music and playing the accordion. She loved being a nurse, wife, mother and grandmother

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Floyd Olsen of New London; four children, Christian (and Terri) Olsen of Lakeville, Timothy (and Deb) Olsen of Madison, WI, Daniel (and Lilla) Olsen of Northfield, and Ellen (and Al) Peterson of Two Harbors; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harland (and Diane) Kobs of Janesville, WI, and Darrell (and Terri) Kobs of Russellville, AR; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Harvey Paasch; sister, Jeanie; and an infant sister.

Cemetery Details

Oak Hill Cemetery

New London, MN, 56273


SEP 5. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Faith Lutheran Church

310 Medayto Drive

Spicer, MN, US, 56288



SEP 5. 11:00 AM

Faith Lutheran Church

310 Medayto Drive

Spicer, MN, US, 56288


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Pastor Herb Swanson - September 03, 2015 at 03:23 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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September 04, 2015 at 09:23 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our Mom loved music, playing the flute and the accordion, and loved marching band. Her parents were 2nd generation immigrants who often spoke plattdeutcch (low german) at home and had very little money. Our grandpa was a cheesemaker and also did countless other jobs to get by. Like so many women at the time, our grandma did too. And she did everything else for 3 children, their home and a giant garden - which was especially difficult and nearly desperate through the depression years. None the less, they scraped together money to buy young Beverly an accordion and a flute - a beautiful German one of course and made of solid silver - a family heirloom that continues to be handed down. She played music with joy and passion, and in high school became leader of the band in Marshfield. One of her dreams was to play for the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, for the Badgers, because they were simply the best.Sadly that dream was out of the reach for Bev and her family - though she did manage to do one course at UW on her way to becoming a Registered Nurse. She cherished that experience and her love for the UW Band only grew larger. When we were kids, our Mom's favorite part of any college football game was halftime because the band came on the field. We all had to quiet down and just listen then. To be honest, that wasn't so much our favorite part of the game.Our Mom also loved reading, and history, and many shows on Public TV. She read several books about Lewis and Clark and would talk about how essential Sacajawea was to their success of the men on the expedition, and at times to their very survival. Also, she would emphasize, it was pretty clear that Sacajawea did not get the full credit and respect that she deserved. Many decades went by until one night, Wisconsin Public Television was doing a fund-raising auction, and well.. a couple months later our Mom was escorted down to the Pep Band section at Camp Randall. When they played a polka she danced along with them until she quickly became a little light headed. When the 5th Quarter came, she walked slowly over to the front of the entire Marching Band lined up in formation covering the whole field, and while we held our breaths, ponderously and a little unsteadily climbed up the top of the tall white step ladder to take her place. And then her back straightened, she stood in balance and began conducting with such solemn deliberation and pride that a few members of the band looking up at her couldn't help but smile.At that point, our family watching pretty much lost any control of our emotions. Any number of times after that as years went by Bev would say, "That was the best time of my life." And we would tease her a little, "Whoa. Wait a second Mom. What about when we were born? Or when you married Dad?" She would just look away a little to picture it in her mind all over again, "Well." she'd say "That was really something."It really was.So on my part, I'm grateful to the UW Band and to Wisconsin Public Television, to Deb's side of the family for being so generous with football tickets for more of my family to be there that day, and most of all to our Mom. Over time and with a little reminding from certain wiser people, I grew better at giving her more of the credit and respect she deserved, better at telling her what an inspiration she was, and more appreciative for her being a Sacajawea in my life.Our Mom didn't have a lot of things that were just hers and hers alone. Inspiring and helping people to realize their dreams? That was really be something too.a"-Some people have asked about donating in memory of Beverly. Your thoughts and prayers alone are deeply appreciated. But if this is something you want to do, you can donate anywhere you want that respects your memories of her. If you want a suggestion, here are two to choose from;- http://www.supportuw.org/how-to-give/area-program

Tim Olsen - September 04, 2015 at 09:47 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Bev was a loving, caring woman and I will never forget her. Bev and Floyd shared many of their memories with me! I will miss her.

Pamela Dilley - September 05, 2015 at 04:24 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM