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Olson, Jeane Noordhoff  
Olson, Jeane Noordhoff Jeane Noordhoff Olson died peacefully at her home in Washington, D.C. on February 23rd. Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to Luke Noordhoff and Florence Lyman Noordhoff, Jeane graduated from Oshkosh High School, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She married Lawrence A. Olson on December 19, 1941, eleven days after they met; they were married for 50 years before Lawrence's death in 1992. As a result of his work for the American Universities Field Staff, Jeane and their two daughters lived in the Philippines and Japan for a number of years. After returning to the U.S., Jeane was instrumental in the creation of the Middletown, Connecticut Family Mental Health Center. In her mid-60s, Jeane earned a Masters in Literary Arts from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she became fascinated with the work and life of E.M. Forster. After decades of research and publication, Jeane's scholarly work, "E.M. Forster's Spiritual Journey in His Life and Works," was published on the day of her death. Jeane was also a long-time summer resident of Canaan, New Hampshire, where she and Lawrence purchased an old farmhouse in 1967. Jeane is survived by her daughters, Alexandra (Alix) Olson (Martha Popp) and Sarah (Sally) L. Olson (Delena Wilkerson), grandchildren Timothy Popp (Mya Paul), Emily Popp (Derek Hain) and Jelani Wilkerson, great grandchildren Maylana Deluca and Makaio Paul Popp, her faithful companion and caregiver, Diana Schaffer, numerous nieces and nephews, and a wide circle of dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband and her three brothers, Lyman (Ruth) Noordhoff, Robert (Phyllis) Noordhoff, and Bruce (Betty) Noordhoff. A memorial service will be held on April 16, 2016 at Cleveland Park Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. All who knew Jeane are welcome to attend without further invitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: See Forever Foundation, Washington, D.C., www.seeforever.org ; Tutwiler Clinic, PO Box 462, Tutwiler, Mississippi, 38963; Canaan Town Library, 1173 Main Street, Canaan, NH, 03741.
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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Apr. 26, 2016
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