Audrey R. Olson
1928 - 2020
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Audrey R. Olson

Green Bay - Audrey Mae Reistad Olson was called to her eternal home at the age of 91 on January 19, 2020. She was born on April 26, 1928 in Rib Lake, Wisconsin to the late Orrin Reistad and Ruth Reistad (Knutson). She graduated from the Rib Lake High School in 1946 and attended Northland College for one year. During World War II she worked with her father at the Soo Line Depot in Rib Lake, Wi. prior to working at Rib Lake State Bank of Medford, Wi. She worked at the State Capital of Wisconsin before moving to Wisconsin Rapids where she met her husband, Casper J Olson . They were married on May 16, 1951 and were enjoyed 43 years together before Casper was called home to heaven. Audrey finished her education at St Norbert College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Music and then in 1983 from UW Green Bay with a master's degree. Audrey was an elementary music teacher in the Green Bay Public Schools for 16 years. In 1980, she founded and directed the Green Bay Boy Choir. She enjoyed teaching the Boy Choir for 10 years and was proud to know that many became musicians themselves. Even after her 10 years serving as the Boy Choir director, she continued to support the Green Bay Boy and Girl Choir and attended as many of their performances as she was able. Audrey and Casper enjoyed traveling with the Boy Choir including a very special trip in 1990 to Europe. Audrey loved music and shared her love of music with many. Audrey was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was part of the Women's Ministries and Meal Ministries serving the home bound and the sick, which she enjoyed so much. Audrey also spent time in her younger years as the children's choir director. Audrey was a wonderful, loving, caring, and supportive wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She was always there to help.

She is survivied by children: Kären and Thomas Tedeschi (Green Bay), Ellen and Edward Hanchek(Green Bay), and Sara and Steve Jubert (New Franken), Grandchildren: Michael Tedeschi (special friend Ashley Thompson), David (Rachel) Tedeschi, and Laura (Glenn) Coats, Christopher (Samantha) Hanchek and Aaron (Danielle) Hanchek, Kristin (Mark) Sericati, Matthew (Jackie) Jubert, Stephanie (David) Steele, Great Grandchildren: Willam and Elianna Coats, Finley Hanchek and Arya Hanchek, Hailey Sericati, Olivia and Rory Jubert, Landon and Brooks Steele, Ashley's daughter Emma and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Audrey was preceeded in death by her husband, Casper J. Olson brothers and sisters-in-law, Rogers and Dorothy Reistad, Vernon and Shirley Reistad, Earl and Mary Reistad, Dale and Averine Reistad, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Russel and Mary Olson.

Audrey wishes to be remembered for her empathy and love for others and was the recipient of the same from family and friends, which she was so very grateful. She was a believer and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and knew that He has always been there to help and guide her through her life. She was looking forward to meeting her Lord and Savior and spending eternity with Him. She will be missed by many.

Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 501 Howe St., from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church with Pastor Dave Wilkinson officiating. Entombment will take place at the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial funds have been set up in Audrey's name for the Green Bay Boy and Girl Choir and First United Methodist Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Family would like to thank Courtyard at Bellevue staff for such great care of our mother, the staffs at St. Vincenct Hospital and Unity Hospice for their special care over the last month and for her special friends, Connie, MaryLou, Mary Jo, Mary, Don, Pastor Dave and Donna and so many more.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 19 to Jan. 22, 2020.
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September 16, 2020
I was thinking about Mrs. Olson today,Googled her and sadly saw that she had passed earlier this year. Mrs. Olsen taught me discipline, the value of practice, and instilled in me a passion for music. She was a tough and tender leader and role model. I regret not visiting her one last time. I will forever be grateful. God bless. Aaron
Aaron Mikulsky
February 15, 2020
Ellen, Karen, Sara.... I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing.
Ellen, I remember when you and she came to the house the day after my dad passed. That was so sweet of both of you. And thinking about it I reckon I was acting like a tough guy and never did thank y'all. I can't thank her now, but I want to thank you for coming that day.
All God's love and peace to you and your family.

Randy Fischer
January 28, 2020
Dear Karen, Ellen and Sara,
Your Mother and family were an important part of the enrichment of my life during the years I lived on Kenwood Street. Your parents were such kind and friendly people who tolerated the young couple across the street who were kids themselves. You took such wonderful care of our children and I often reminisce with happiness about that time. From Audrey's obituary I see that you all have led rich lives with so many family members. The three Hurckman kids you knew have also made happy lives -- eight grandchildren, none yet married but leading great and exciting lives from coast to coast. Be well and happy and know you and your Mother and Father made lasting impressions on those they knew.
Much love,
Kathleen Hurckman Kosnar
Kathleen Kosnar
January 25, 2020
I was in the choir in the beginning, under Audrey and Dave Sladek's direction. At the time it was hard to grasp what we accomplishing, but looking back her enthusiasm for music and life was infectious and something that still sticks with me today. We need more Audrey's in this world to simply get things done and make a positive difference on a world stage. Hats off to Audrey, as her vision was boundless.
Cory Wendt
January 24, 2020
Audrey was and will always be a dear friend! Her Love and enthusiasm for her family and for her friends of the Green Bay Boy Choir was beautiful. Directing the GBBC with her in the late 1980's and getting to know her wonderful family will always be a precious memory for me and my family! God Bless you Audrey and your loving family!
Dave Sladek
January 24, 2020
The day I met Audrey, I didn't know my world would be changed forever. Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would become a world traveler, tour director, choir manager and motivator. Audrey supported me and urged me into areas where I had never gone. She taught me more about life than music. Her contributions to this world will never be forgotten. I'm so glad she was born.

Peggy Isaac
January 23, 2020
My life and career have been enriched because of the Green Bay Boy Choir. I will be forever grateful for Audrey's contributions to the artistic life of generations of young singers. May her memory be a blessing.
Prof. Kerry J. Kuplic
January 23, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Audrey defined grace, kindness and faith. She was a role model to many. She was so kind to our family. She brought joy in all she did. We were blessed to know her for many years as a fellow church member, former neighbor and friend. She will be missed.
Scot and Sue Deering
January 22, 2020
Sorry to hear of Audreys passing. She was a delightful lady to be around. She will be missed.
Alice Magray
January 21, 2020
Audrey's gift of the Green Bay Boy Choir was a fundamental part of my musical upbringing that I will always cherish. Thank you so much for your gift of music.
Spencer Lent
January 21, 2020
She was a very special person.. love to all her family.
Jan Horn
January 21, 2020
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. So many good memories of the old neighborhood.
Mary Burckle
January 20, 2020
Audrey was a longtime special friend who will be missed always. I never left her presence without her having uplifted my spirits. She was a self-effacing woman always full of praise for the qualities of others and full of gratitude for the smallest of favors. She was a lady wrapped in music, sunshine and joy. Rest in peace, Audrey, and thank you for the memories.

Pat Murphy
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