Virginia Olson

2014-07-23T00:00:00Z Virginia Olson The Billings Gazette
July 23, 2014 12:00 am

Virginia Ann Olson died peacefully from a battle with cancer on July 20, 2014. She was born in Victoria, Minn. on Sept. 12, 1930, to Herbert and Susie (Bruhn) Thurk.

She graduated from Mound High School in 1948. After graduation, she worked in the accounting department at Sports Afield Magazine in the Twin Cities area and later worked as a teacher’s aide in the Willmar school system. She served in church as a Sunday School teacher, trustee, quilter, usher and greeter. She enjoyed many outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, fishing and hunting. She also enjoyed reading and family gatherings. She exercised regularly at the gym until she was diagnosed with cancer in early 2014.

On July 2, 1954, she married her best friend and the love of her life, Oscar Olson. They celebrated their 60th anniversary on July 2, 2014. In 1956 they moved to Willmar, Minn., when Oscar accepted a teaching position. They had two children, Mary and Bob. In 1986 they retired to Bozeman, where they built their own home. They enjoyed the mountains and the activities of the area and the many friendships made. They moved to Billings in 2011 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and brother Bill Thurk. She is survived by her husband, Oscar Olson; daughter Mary Olson, of Billings; son Bob (Rhonda) Olson, of Billings, and their children, Robert and Sydney. She is also survived by her sister, Marian Veaason, of Hillman, Minn., and brother, Merlin (June) Thurk, of Hillman, brother-in-law, Dale (Joanne) Olson of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; sister-in-law, Karin (Bob) Stebbins of Calgary, AB, Canada, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be sent to American Lutheran Church (5 Lewis Ave, Billings, MT 59101), RiverStone Hospice (2626 First Ave. S., Billings, MT 59101) or a charity of one’s choice.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at American Lutheran Church in Billings, with a luncheon to follow. Interment will take place at a later date at Lake Crystal Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel and memories may be shared with the family at

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