Lorraine Olson, 84, of Glendive, returned peacefully to her Heavenly home Nov. 7, 2019, with family by her side.
Born Lorraine Eunice Garske on Nov. 27, 1934, to Ed and Eunice Garske of Devils Lake, N.D., she was raised in and around several communities including Devils Lake, Hammond, Ind., and Colville, Wash. Following nursing training at St. Mary's Academy, Devils Lake in 1956, Lorraine worked as a nurse's aide at Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake. She was often commended for her remarkable bedside manner.
On Sept. 21, 1957, Lorraine married Glenn Olson of Oberon, N.D., at the Benson County Courthouse, Minnewaukan, N.D. They took residence on the Olson homestead for the next four years. In 1961, the family followed the 1960’s oil boom across the Hi-Line of North Dakota and Montana, as Glenn worked the oilrigs. In 1963, they settled in Wolf Point, where they remained for 23 years (except for a brief residence in Kettle Falls, Wash., 1969-70). They were blessed with five children, which she raised in Wolf Point while Glenn was trucking for the Tesoro (later Kenco) refinery. In 1986, they moved to Glendive, where they remained. At various times, Lorraine worked in nursing, cosmetics sales, and commercial cleaning, while tirelessly and affectionately tending to her family.
An avid bowler, Lorraine participated on numerous leagues in Wolf Point and Glendive for over 50 years. She loved gardening, landscaping, playing cards, horseback riding, tending to her menagerie of cats and horses, bird watching and entertaining friends and family in her lovely home. She delighted in visits and laughter with loved ones near and far. She had a superb singing voice. To the end, her favorite place on earth had been her beloved Uncle Frank's farm near Colville, Wash.
Lorraine was passionately devoted to Jesus and found great comfort in her faith. She enjoyed discussing the Bible and current events. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Glendive and formerly, First Lutheran Church, Wolf Point.
Lorraine is lovingly remembered by her husband, Glenn; children Jerry Olson of Louisville, Colo., Victoria Rice of Spokane, Wash., Steve Olson of Glendive and Rebecca (Bruce) Williams of Billings; siblings, Gene (Priscilla) Garske of Colville, Jaci (Ron) Hurn of Evans, Wash., Mary (Eric) Bennett of Spokane, Wash., Susan Colombini of Hayden, Idaho, and Charlie Bennett of Chattaroy, Wash.; grandchildren, Andy Kastner of Aurora, Colo., Jennifer Kastner of Gillette, Wyo., and Kiko Lopez of Rapid City, S.D.; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her cat, Ninja.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sandra Lopez; granddaughters, Rikki Kastner and Crystal Boysun; and nephew, Daniel Hurn.
Services pending, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Glendive.