Marvel R. Olsen, 89, of Bozeman, formerly of Deer Lodge, died at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings on June 5, 2007. She was born to Otto and Edith (Holum) Fossen on May 20, 1918, in Chester. She grew up and received her schooling in Joplin.
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She attended Normal School of Northern Montana College at Havre where she received a lifetime teaching certificate. She taught grades 1-8 in a one-room school at Solid, near Conrad, and then Hysham and White Sulphur Springs, where she met and later married Martin P. Olsen on June 2, 1945, in Joplin. They lived at White Sulphur Springs and then moved to Deer Lodge in 1948 where they resided for many years. Starting in 1985 they spent winters in Mesa, Ariz., and eventually moved to Bozeman in 2006.
Marvel was very involved with church activities. She was a Sunday School superintendent, sang in the choir and was a member of the L.W.M.L. She loved to play bridge, enjoyed golfing, downhill skiing, hiking, camping, reading, writing letters to friends and family, and she was the consummate cook and baker.
Marvel was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Errol in 2004; and her son-in-law, John Dostal in 1998.
She is survived by her husband, Martin; her sons, David (Anita Braker) of Seattle and his daughter Jamie; George (Ellen Vogelsang) of Helena and his children, Brian (Maria) and Kara (fiance Michael Libster); daughters, Susan Dostal and her children, Nathan, Daniel, Mark and Rebecca of Billings, Jan (Chris) Bowers and children Eric (Kate), Alison, and Sara of Bozeman. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and many, many other friends and relatives whose lives she touched.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at St. John Lutheran Church in Deer Lodge. Interment of ashes will be in Deer Lodge Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Eagle Mount, 6901 Goldenstein Lane, Bozeman 59715; to the Rialto Theater Restoration Fund, P.O. Box 874, Deer Lodge, MT 59722; or to St. John Lutheran Church, 410 Missouri Ave., Deer Lodge, MT 59722.
Arrangements are in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel of Billings.
Dahl Funeral Chapels
10 Yellowstone Avenue
Billings, MT 59101
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 7, 2007