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Betty M. Olson

Betty M. Olson

Betty Mae Olson, 93, passed away early Sunday morning, May 23, 2021, at Our House Assisted Living in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

Betty was born on April 18, 1928 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, daughter of George and Etta Shaw Wade.  As a young child Betty lived in Eau Galle, Two Rivers and Elmwood, Wisconsin.  Her mother passed away when Betty was only four years old.  Her grandfather Henry Wade and older sister helped raise her.

Mom asked that we share this special excerpt of her life.  “When I was nine years old and my sister Katherine was seventeen years old we lived with our father, George Wade, in Elmwood.  We lived across the street from Truman and Belle Young and their family. The Youngs milked cows and bottled and sold milk in town.  Our father, George, did not pay the necessary rent for the house and we were going to have to move out.  Mrs. Young heard that we could no longer live there and suggested to my father that the Youngs would make a home for me with them.  Their only daughter, Annie, had passed away at the age of eight years. My sister was going to make her home with a family in the country.  I was so fortunate to be welcomed into a good Christian home.  Mrs. Young was 56 years old and needless to say the addition of a lively nine year changed her normal quiet household.  Belle enjoyed having a daughter and she was the mother I needed.”

Betty graduated from Elmwood High School in 1946. On June 6, 1949 she was united in marriage to that handsome farm boy, Leonard Eric Olson, in the Elmwood Methodist Church.  On their 80 acre farm they raised four children, a few cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, and a huge garden.  Betty canned or froze everything from beans, corn, cukes, beets, peaches, apples, cherries, berries to grape juice.  Betty and Leonard planted hundreds of glads and calla lilies and provided flowers for their Rock Elm Methodist Church ice cream socials.  Betty was a great cook and baker and made four pies and two cakes for those socials as well.

Betty worked at Bergman Implement and the Creamery before marriage.  Leonard and Betty raised four children. Can you imagine a three year old, a two year old and twins?  Betty went back to work outside the home in 1964. She was employed at the Elmwood First State Bank for 29 years.  Betty was a member of the Elmwood Alumni Association, Enrichment Council, and Rock Elm Ladies Aid and was the church financial secretary.

Betty is survived by her children, Barbara (Jerry) Sinz, of Edgar, Bruce Olson of, Elmwood, and Brenda Davidson (John Holst) of Cumberland and daughter-in-law,  Joyce Olson of Kaukauna, her loving grandchildren; Jason (Amber) Sinz, Jeremy (Tracey) Sinz, Jordan (Stephanie) Sinz, Justin (Connie) Sinz, Wade (Bobbi Jo) Olson, Gretchen (Bill) Hammen, Tyler (Carissa) Olson, Chad (Anna) Fischer, Drew (Trish) Davidson;  great grandchildren; Sophie, Celia, Tate, Jacob, Ella, Ilah, Cyri, Talen, Jora, Cami, Hunter, Shelby, Sadie, John,  Autumn, Billy, Lucy, Eleanor, Theodore, Calvin, and Emerson.

Betty is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Neil and Marvel Olson, brother-in-law Floyd Olson and nieces, nephews, and friends.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Leonard, her son, Barry, siblings Jordon, Naomi, Ruth and Katherine, bother-in-law and sister-in-law Tom and Norene Chase, sister-in-law Kathy Olson and brother-in-law Stanley Olson.

Private Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Friday May 28, 2021 at the Rock Elm United Methodist Church, rural Elmwood with Rev. Michael Weaver officiating.  Burial will follow the services at Poplar Hill Cemetery, Rock Elm.

Public visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Friday at the church.




  1. Lila Stevens Chamberlain

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. I am Jean Wood Stevens Hilmanowski's daughter. Ruth was my grand-mother. I talked to Great Aunt Betty a couple of times in the past few years, but lost track of her. So sorry I missed the public visitation. Please feel free to contact me via email of phone. 715-828-3180. Lila

  2. Gloria A Struck

    My sincere condolences to the family. Betty was always so kind to my mother Ione Stuart and also myself over the years. I have many pleasant memories of Betty. Gloria (Stuart) Struck

  3. Kathleen McCardle

    Betty was such a nice lady and it seemed like she was always smiling! My sympathy to all of you.

  4. Deb Hintz

    Brenda, so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Deb and Mark

  5. Marilyn Manor

    Our sympathies to the entire Olson family. As a child growing up on a farm, just up the road from the Olson farm, I met my dearest friend, Brenda, so I had spent many, many days at their home! Betty and Leonard were gracious, fun, loving to all and I know they were a positive force in my developing years.

  6. Ned & Anna Waltz

    Our deepest sympathy to the Olson Family.
    I Remember growing up in the Summer going over to Bettys with Mom, getting gladiolas and calla lilies!
    and the in later years I would take the long way home, to drive by the Olsen Farm, just to see the Towering Flowers!
    They were always Good People and Fun to visit with!

  7. Fred & Anne Sinz

    Barb and family sorry on the lost of your Mother. Prayers and hugs to all. Fred & Anne

  8. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our condolences on the loss of your Mom.

  9. Dave Roholt

    My mother, Jane Roholt, was a good friend of Betty‘s. They were high school buddies. I remember as kids visiting the farm. What a blast! We drove my mother down to visit Betty back in 2017 when she was still living at the farm. I have some great pictures of the two of them together. Our deepest sympathies to the family.

  10. Joyce Kendall

    Betty was an important part of our church for as long as I can remember. The church was important to her, as well. She had a great sense of humor and we miss her.

  11. John & Jodell Marson

    Our deepest sympathy to the Olson Family

  12. Beth McLeod

    I only met Betty and her husband a few times. But they certainly left you with a warm generous first impression. Betty will be missed. My prayers and condolences to the “Kids, grands and great grands”??

  13. Ted and Ginger Miner

    We had the privilege of having Betty as a neighbor for 45 years. You couldn't ask for better neighbors than Betty and Leonard. We were sad when Betty needed to move to Rice Lake. Our deepest sympathy to Barb, Bruce, and Brenda for the loss of their mother. We will miss her stories and her friendship. Rest in Peace, Betty. You have earned the rest.

  14. Jeff baier

    Betty work Ed at the bank never forget what she told me I would say Betty must have money in the bank because I still have checks in my checkbook!!!!! RIP BETTY

  15. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to Betty’s family. She was such a pleasant lady and always had a smile.

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