Helen M. (Scanlan) Olson

obit_Olson_webThe angels came for Helen Olson on Sunday, August 11, 2013. At the age of 84, she passed away “amazingly peaceful” surrounded by her family in her home in West Salem.

Helen was born May 8, 1929, in Houston County, Minn., to Tom and Sue (Schnedecker) Scanlan.  On December 20, 1948, she married Norm Olson in La Crosse and they have resided in McKinley Valley for 59 years. Helen attended St. Peter’s Catholic School in Hokah, Minn., and was a longtime member of St. Leo The Great Catholic Church in West Salem.

Survivors include her loving husband, Norm; three sons, Tom (Deb), Jim (Valerie) and Bill (Tess); two daughters, Holly (Fred) Kramer and Dorothy Nelson; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Richard; three brothers, Joe, Gaylord (Mary), and George (Millie) Scanlan; one sister, Jean (Arnold) Meyers; and a sister-in-law, Thelma (Joseph) Mattie.

The family would like to thank the ER and 9th floor staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and also the Hospice Program staff. They were exceptional and a blessing in our time of need.  Most of all, it was the care that she received from Norm that was unmatched. It meant so much to the family that she could remain at home with Norm by her side until the very end.

A Funeral Mass will be Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo The Great Catholic Church, 210 W. Hamlin St., West Salem.  Father Bob Hegenbarth will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Hokah, Minn. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Jostad Chapel), West Salem, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.

Helen will be greatly missed.  May her strong values and inspriational strengths remain; along with many precious memories.

“The Little Lady – Amazingly Strong”!