Catherine 'Tina' Olson, 89, of St. James, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Gold Finch Estates in Fairmont.
Catherine 'Tina' Elaine Olson, 89, of St. James, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at Gold Finch Estates in Fairmont. Tina was reunited with her Lord on and was able to celebrate Valentine's Day with her husband once again! Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Maggie Cumings officiating. Burial will be at West Sveadahl Lutheran Cemetery, rural St. James. Visitation will be Thursday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com.
Catherine was born April 1, 1927, to Jacob and Mary (Reimer) Sawatzky in St. James. She was affectionately referred to as Tina by family and friends and G-Tina by her grandchildren. Tina grew up on a small farm near Sveadahl. She attended and graduated from St James High School in 1945. Tina was united in marriage to Kenneth E. Olson on April 5, 1946, at the Mennonite Church near Butterfield. They spent most of their lives in Sveadahl and St. James. They spent 41 years together until Ken passed away in 1987. As a young adult, Tina worked at JCPenneys. She also packaged and distributed "Tina's Potato Chips" to businesses in the St. James area. Her sister's family owned a general store in Sveadahl where she and Ken were the store managers for many years. They were actively involved at the West Sveadahl Church. When the family moved to St. James, she worked at the Plaindealer, Advertiser and then "after retirement" she became the site manager for the Butterfield nutrition program for senior citizens. In her spare time, Tina liked to travel, but her favorite destination was her cabin on Lake Stony in Alexandria. Many precious family memories were made throughout the years at the Lake. Tina also loved to take trips with family and friends including cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska, a trip to Australia, multiple trips for bowling competitions and trips to Las Vegas for some fun. Tina's hobbies included rollerskating, dancing, bowling, girls' weekends, going to sporting events, watching the Twins, reading and being with her family.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Roger (Peggy) Olson of Coon Rapids, Rachel (Bruce) Dougherty of St. James, Steve (Marsha) Olson of St. James, Mary Granheim of Fairmont; grandchildren, Jade (LeAnn) Anderson of St. James, Ryan Olson of Prior Lake, Jesica (Jay) Ryan of Tea, S.D., Quinn Olson and Stephanie of Bethel, Sara (Richard) Deering of Plymouth, Brandon (Nikki) Olson of Burnsville, Tom (Nicole) Anderson of St. James, Katy (Ross) Magnuson of Marshall, Brett (Stacy) Olson of Champlin, Jacob Granheim of New Brighton, Kyle Olson of Burnsville; 13 great grandchildren with another one due in April; brother, Jacob (Wanda) Sawatzky of Bonderant, Iowa; sisters-in-law, IdaBeth Amundson, Bernice Olson, JaNette Flogstad, Lorraine Sawatzky as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Tina was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Mary Sawatzky; husband, Kenneth Olson; siblings, Ethel (Reinhart) Steinle, Ervin (Marie) Sawatzky, Harry Sawatzky, Donald Sawatzky; two infant brothers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Victor and Edna Olson; and special friend, Bertil Rask.