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LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA, FL. - Virginia (Dee) Anne Todd Olson, of Lauderdale by the Sea, FL passed away at home on October 15, 2012 surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Roslyn, NY on July 12, 1950, at a young age her family moved to Wilmette, IL. Dee was the daughter of the late Richard Todd and Janet Waite Todd. She is survived by her husband, Mark Olson; son, Robert Keck of Chicago; daughter, Cheryl (Salvatore) Keck-Manganaro and granddaughters, Mila and Brigitte of Palermo, Italy; stepson, David (Mindy) Olson of St. Paul, MN; stepdaughter, Emily (Rob) Knight and grandson, Kellan of Las Vegas, NV; and stepdaughter, Amanda Olson of St. Paul, MN; brothers, Douglas Todd of Setauket, NY and Rick Todd of Hauppauge, NY, and other relatives.
Dee was passionate about the housing and social needs of seniors, theatre & dance, and golf. A graduate of New Trier HS in Winnetka, IL, she became involved in theatre arts at an early age. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in English and Dance from the University of Illinois - Chicago. She was active in the "Village Follies" to support the Winnetka (IL) Community House. Dee received her Masters Degree in Business Management from National Louis University in Chicago, and was involved in the opening of several Chicago area retirement communities. Moving to Sarasota in 2005, Dee was employed by Michael Saunders & Company working in sales and marketing services for real estate development companies. In 2007 Dee initiated the sales program at Water's Edge, a senior living community in Lake Wales and remained there until 2009. The Olsons moved to Pompano Beach in 2010 where they maintained a lead role in senior housing. Dee was most recently the Marketing Director at Devonshire at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, until she took leave to fight her courageous battle with cancer. Husband Mark is the Director of Sales and Marketing at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach.
The family invites those who knew and loved Dee to please make a donation to the Dee Todd Memorial Fund at the Colon Cancer Alliance.

Published in Ledger from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2012
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