DeKALB — Helen Irene Olson, 89, of DeKalb, formerly of Malta, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb.
Born on Dec. 15, 1923, in DeKalb, the daughter of John W. and Lillian C. (Berg ) Rowe, Helen married Donald B. Olson on June 29, 1947 in Malta, where they made their home for almost 61 years.
She was employed by DeKalb Ag and Resource Bank for several years. Helen was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Lee, where she was active in the circle. She also was a member of Malta Firemen’s Auxiliary and was a volunteer for N.I.C.E. Food Pantry in Lee and Meals on Wheels.
Helen was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and was extremely proud of her family.
She is survived by her three daughters, Linda Carlson of Egan, Minn., Rebecca (David) Petzke of Boulder, Colo., and Sherri (Russ) Barber of Malta; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, in 2008; sons, Donald B. Olson Jr. and Jeffrey Olson; brother, Raymond Rowe; sister, Alberta Kallembach; and her parents.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 19 Perry Road, Lee, with the Rev. Craig Nelson officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Steward. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Helen I. Olson Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.