Blanch Olson

olson picBlanch A. Olson age 95 of Detroit Lakes, MN died on December 13, 2017 at the Sanford Centennial Hospice Cottage in Sioux Falls, SD.

Blanch Alvira Olson was born on February 21, 1922 in Sebeka, MN, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Hemphill) Peterson. She attended school in Sebeka. The family moved to Evergreen Township in rural Frazee, MN, where Blanch attended country school. She later graduated from Frazee High School, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Wolf Lake Creamery and later for the Cass Clay Creamery in Moorhead, MN. She moved to Minneapolis, where she worked for Cargill and also attended the University of Minnesota. In January of 1955, she was united in marriage to Forrest Olson in Reno, Nevada. They made their home in Sacramento, CA, Oakland, CA, and Brainerd, MN for the next ten years. In 1965, they moved to Detroit Lakes, MN. She worked as the business manager at Multi County Nursing in Detroit Lakes for fourteen years, and later for DL TV and Appliance for twelve years. Forrest passed away in 1990.  Blanch married Dick Hein in 1998.  They made their home in Detroit Lakes.  Dick passed away in 2013.

She is survived by her two sons, Bert (Cindy) Olson, of Sioux Falls, SD and Gary (fiance’ Connie Breakey) Olson, of Minneapolis, MN; two step sons, Bruce (Jean) Hein, of Audubon, MN and  and Dr. Gary (Wanda) Hein, of Lincoln, NE; and ten grandchildren.

In addition to her two husbands, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Dale Peterson and Bert Peterson; infant sister, Phyllis Peterson; her step-son, Lynn Hein; and her parents.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday December 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, MN. Visitation will be on Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, MN, with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, MN. Local arrangements are under the care of Kahler Funeral Home.


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