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John Oleson

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John S. Oleson 1950-2012 WILLIAMSTOWN John S. Oleson of Old Mill Road Williamstown, born in Pittsfield March 7, 1950 died at home Friday, aged sixty-two. He graduated from Mt. Greylock High School in 1968 and attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Self-employed as a gardener generally, he also raised hens, vegetables and strawberries; his foundling dogs - Blue, Pippy Longstockings, Noni and Dusky; with a neighbor and friend, Tara, a marvelous cow, Ellie, who resides in Bennington, Vermont, and with his mother, Phyllis, two birds, Robin Hood and Meister. Like a good spring in a dry summer John ran plentifully, clear and cold. To young and old, to educated and uneducated, to healthy and sick he was a beloved friend always anticipated; to his brother and mother, cherished. His wide sympathy for others, his reserve in judgement and profound attention to the world he encountered are his legacy. He enjoyed especially puzzles, wordplay and conversation, and the good earth. His brother Niels he leaves. FUNERAL NOTICE: Family and friends will meet for burial Saturday, July 28th at 2:30 p.m. in Southlawn Cemetery in Williamstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greylock Animal Hospital Stray Fund or to the Rural Land Foundation of Williamstown in care of Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247. To send flowers, cards, gifts or a message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 25, 2012
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