Obituary: Harriet Louise Olson

Harriet Louise (Settergren) Olson, widow of Covenant minister K. Wesley Olson, died April 12 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. She was 91.

Harriet was born on September 17, 1929, in Hutchinson, Minnesota, to Victor and Mabel (Mattson) Settergren. She grew up on her family farm in Lake Jennie and attended Lake Jennie Covenant Church.

She earned an associate’s degree from North Park Junior College and an associate’s degree in education from St. Cloud State Teachers College in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Harriet married K. Wesley Olson on June 29, 1951, and served churches in Illinois and Minnesota before moving to Omaha, Nebraska, where he served as Midwest Conference superintendent. They also served interim pastorates at several congregations in Minnesota and Colorado after he retired in 1995.

Harriet loved children and taught kindergarten through third grade. She enjoyed teaching her students skills that would see them through life. She was an accomplished seamstress, teaching herself at a young age after her father said he would buy her either one dress or the fabric for two. She sewed many of Wes’s three-piece suits and her daughter DiAnn’s wedding dress. Harriet also restored family heirlooms and antiques from both her own family farm in Lake Jennie and from the Olson family farm in Bird Island.

She is survived by children Lynda Olson-Lee (Jason), DiAnn Bloomquist (Tom), and Brenda Redding (Gary); nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley, and son, Kent.

A family funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, at the Dassel Covenant Church. It will be webcast live on the church Facebook page. Interment will be held at the Lake Jennie Evangelical Covenant Church Cemetery in Dassel.

Memorial gifts may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Honors, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, noting “Harriet L. Olson Memorial Fund” on the memo line, or online.

Peace to her memory.


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  1. Harriet and her late husband, Wes, were dear friends and fellow servants in the mission of our Covenant Church for many, many years. I always felt Wes and Harriet exemplified the ideal pastor and spouse. We were privileged, indeed, to have had them share our years of ministry together. She is now reunited with her beloved Wes. Peace to her memory.

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