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Olson, Carol  
Carol Jean "Gaga" (Valentine) Olson Carol Jean Valentine was born to John and Margarite (Billam) Valentine on August 10, 1946 in Flandreau, SD. Attended school in Egan, SD, graduating in 1964. After high school, she attended Stewarts School of Hairstyling in Sioux Falls, SD. She then moved to Brookings, SD to work in a Stewarts Salon where she met her future husband, Gordon Olson. They were married in October 1969. After moving to Minneapolis, MN she continued to work as a hair stylist. In late 1970 they moved to Aberdeen, SD where she obtained her license to teach beauty school. In 1976, they moved back to Minneapolis where she taught in a beauty school prior to going into a partnership of hair salons with Stewarts of Sioux Falls. Over the next 33 years, five salon locations were acquired in the Twin Cities area and the partnership was bought out. Carol retired in April 2010. Carol was blessed with the nickname "Gaga" when grandson Jacob was too young to say grandma, long before Lady Gaga became popular. The nickname has spread to all who know her including friends at the lake, in Arizona and numerous friends throughout the Twin Cities area. She also taught Jacob the 'call of the loon' at our lake: "Gaga, come to the lake, Gaga, come to the lake." Carol's natural leadership ability was very apparent in guiding the staff in her salons, as well, in her family life. From planning staff picnics, holiday dinners for her family or birthday parties and pontoon parades at the lake, she always had a plan-of-action that involved everyone. Her grandchildren have been the highlight of her life. From baking cookies, monkey bread or banana bars together, attending sporting events or shopping for presents, she would stop at nothing for them. Carol and Gordon have wintered in Arizona since 2011 and are members of the Sunbird Lions Club. Carol is survived by her husband, Gordon, of 45 years; three children, Bryan (Jill) Olson, Stacey (Olson) Roberts, and Greggory (Leonie) Olson, all in the Twin Cities area; three grandchildren, Jacob, Madeline and Myles Olson and three step grandchildren, Madison & Alyssa Grosz and Avalon Roberts; five siblings, Connie Wendell of Flandreau, SD, John (Barb) Valentine, Chandler, AZ, George Valentine, Sioux Falls, SD, Linda Valentine, Brooklyn Park, MN, James (Jeannette) Valentine, New Hope, MN; brother-in-law, Bob Waxdahl of Sioux Falls, SD and many nieces and nephews. Carol is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, sister Nancy Waxdahl and brother-in-law John Wendell. Memorial service 11am Friday, January 30, 2015 at St. James Lutheran Church, 6700 46th Place N., Crystal, MN 55428, with visitation from 9:30-11am at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to family. Memorials will be donated to a cancer fund. Gearty-Delmore 952-926-1615 www.delmore.com
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Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 28, 2015
Olson, Louise Delia (Meis)  
Louise Delia (Meis) Olson, 85, Platte, died Jan 25, 2015. Services: 10:30 A.M., Jan 29 at Olive Presbyterian Church, Platte. Committal Service at LaRoche Cemetery, Academy, SD. Visitation Wednesday 5-7 P.M. at the church with 7 P.M. Prayer Service. Mount Funeral Home, Platte, SD
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Published in The Argus Leader on Jan. 27, 2015
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