Dorothy J Olsen
Dorothy J Olsen on May 21, 2021 passed peacefully in Menominee, MI with sunshine, birds and flowers she adored in a glorious view of God's earth she forever loved. She left gracefully with much of her beloved family and dog, Cody, by her side sharing loving words, sentiments and caring gestures near and afar, carrying her Home. Dorothy was a beloved wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt and friend to many and she wholeheartedly loved them all. She'll be dearly missed, eternally loved and appreciated for all her compassion, kindness, encouragement, great sense of humor, strength, thoughtful deeds and efforts. She never missed sending heartfelt messages or fun cards for all occasions to her large family and friends. She deeply loved her 6 children, each for who they were and proud of each one along with their families and spouses. She was honestly grateful for everything everyone ever did for her.
Dorothy was born July 29th 1919 in Seymour, WI, to Alphonse and Hattie Lefevre, a blessing, youngest of 4. At 2, the family moved to Green Bay, establishing a successful tailoring shop on Main St. They passed their skills onto Dorothy who became a phenomenal seamstress making herself dresses at a young age. Later she sewed beautiful clothing for all her children, some being challenging. She was a perfectionist, creative, artistic, so talented.
She graduated from GB East High School where she met Donald D. Olsen. Joining the YMCA, she became an expert swimmer and diving champion with beautiful form, she did double diving with a partner and was the last Miss YMCA. She taught her children to swim at the cottage Don and Dorothy built at Big Maiden Lake, WI.
Dorothy married the love of her life, Donald D. Olsen, US Marine Corp in 1943. A beautiful couple with forever love. They lived in Laguna Beach, CA later returning to Green Bay, WI. They raised 6 children in a lovely home on Van Buren St. with beautiful gardens she lovingly created everywhere she lived. She kept her homes immaculate, teaching us as we'd help. They were wonderful parents, great examples, with strong faith. A member of Zion Methodist Church she sang in the choir. She gave us faith and hope in God. She daily arose saying "Thank you God for another beautiful day. I am so blessed"
Tragically Don passed at 45, leaving Dorothy, 44, with 6 children. Life changed drastically but she stood strong in faith with dignity, grace, tenacity and courage for all her children to comfort, protect and help them, while her heart was truly broken. She braved through the storm like a true soldier as she did her entire life. Her mother said "Dorothy, take one day at a time and you'll get through it", wisdom she passed onto us. She went to Community College getting degrees in business and psychology while working, to better her life. She became a 1st time grandma to Lisa in 1965 with many more to come that she loved and enjoyed her entire life.
She enjoyed their cottage as much as possible with family and friends. It was so peaceful and beautiful, like a sanctuary. Later she met Pat (Duda) Patterson) a good man, kind, caring and fun.
In 1976 she built her home in Pensacola, FL., again creating breathtaking gardens and yard. Dorothy had a great life, good neighbors and dear friends but always loved her children's visits making fond memories. Eventually Pat joined her, spending many years enjoying life, beaching, golfing, traveling, bowling and working in the yard. When Pat passed in Florida, she stayed strong, tending her garden, being with her friends and her adored dog, Sonny.
At 92, she moved to Marinette WI, near Jennifer, who helped and mindfully cared for her many years along with her son George. At her apt she met many friends who enjoyed visiting her "secret garden'" and had fun day trips. At 100 she was trimming Jennifer's hedges.
She was a stunning beauty with elegance, turning a lot of heads. She remained beautiful and wise to the end. She was loved and admired by all lucky enough to meet her. She loved to make people laugh and be happy, sometimes a little joker. She wished the best for everyone, was forgiving, accepting and loving.
She's our heroine, a precious treasured blessing. May Dorothy and Don be at peace together again as angels shining their brilliant light, now stars in the Heavens.
She's survived by daughter Donnette (David) Norman, South Beach, OR, son Robert D. Olsen, DePere, WI, son James L (Cathy) Olsen, Summerfield FL, son George D Olsen (Sue) Green Bay WI, daughter Jennifer Zinda (Todd Rady) Menominee MI, daughter KayLynn (Brian) Miller Aloha OR. She had 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald D Olsen, Pat Patterson (special friend), Elisabeth A. Hickey (Lisa), granddaughter.
Private memorial service will be held on July 29th, 11:00am at Woodlawn Cemetery, Green Bay WI.
Published by Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jul. 21 to Jul. 22, 2021.