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Marie Olson, age 87

Marie Olson, age 87, of Baudette MN passed away on March 17, 2013 at LakeWood Health Center in Baudette MN.

Marie was born at home in Baudette Township to Nick and Grace (Loupul) Marchuk on January 12, 1926.  She attended school in Baudette and graduated with the class of 1945. 

Marie and Hanlon Olson were united in marriage on June 16, 1947.  Together they built the first motel in Baudette, the M&H Motel, on the banks of the Rainy River.  They also owned and operated the Redi Mix concrete plant and Olson Trucking business.  Marie was the US Postal carrier on the Carp mail route for 30 years.  She drove 120 miles a day, six days a week, in all kinds of weather and never had an accident.  Marie retired in 1990 and she & Hanlon enjoyed traveling with their camper while being “snowbirds” in Arizona.

Music, gardening, camping, traveling, and fishing were some of her favorite past times.  She loved the outdoors and cherished her pet animals.  Marie enjoyed painting pictures and was a very gifted artist.  She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  Family was high on her list of priorities and she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Marie was a beautiful person inside and out and she touched many lives with her gentle caring way. Her warm smile will sadly be missed by her family and many friends.

Marie is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Hanlon, her parents; two infant siblings; sister Lenore; brother Bob; sister-in-law Iris, and great grandson Carter Michael.

Survivors include her children Steve (Jan) Olson of Baudette, Robert (Gret) Olson of Copper Center, Alaska, and Cathy (Ron) Norquist of Baudette;  sister Elouise (Dan) McKinnon of Warroad MN, brother Louis Marchuck of Victor MT, brother-in-law Vern Olson of Baudette, sister-in-law Pat Marchuck of Fulton MS; granddaughters Cara (Scott) Lanz, Jill (Jared) Martinson, Michelle Hudson, Cindy Beshaw; grandsons David Norquist, Derek (Jill) Olson, Jason (Alisa) Olson, Brent (Lisa) Olson, Ryan Norquist; and thirteen great grandchildren Lindsey, Alyssa, Carly, Eddy, Nolan, Chloe, Abby, Thaddeus, Weston, Henrik, Shawn, Nicholas, and Gabe.

A memorial service for Marie Olson will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Lakeroad Chapel in Baudette MN.  A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the memorial service. 

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