Elaine Olsen

August 15, 1928 - May 4, 2017

Visitation: Visitation will be from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Service: A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 8 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.

Elaine Olsen pixElaine E. Olsen, age 88, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017 surrounded by family.   Visitation will be from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 8 at Canton Lutheran Church, Canton, SD. A private family burial will be held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hudson, SD.

Elaine was born on August 15, 1928 in Union County, SD to Henry and Sophie (Fickbohm) Groon. She was united in marriage to Albert T Olsen on October 4, 1946 at Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple lived and farmed near Fairview SD until moving to Canton in 1988. Elaine will be long remembered for her passion for quilting, sewing, coffee and conversation, but most of all for her joy and commitment to children. She dedicated many years to caring for children in her home. She was a faithful servant at Moe Parish and later a member at Canton Lutheran Church.

Those left behind cherishing her memory include her six children and their spouses: Linda (Robert) Kayser, Ankeny, IA; Arlyn (Cheryl) Olsen, Sioux Falls, SD; Daryl (Nancy) Olsen, Audubon, IA; David (Leota) Olsen, Fairview, SD; Keith (Holly) Olsen, Worthing, SD; Susan (Daryl) Eichacker, Sioux Falls, SD; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren,  sister-in-law, Irene Groon, Arlington, SD and Jean Groon, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Albert, her parents, 3 brothers (Emil, Herb, and Gerald)  and 4 sisters (Berniece, Melvina, Alvera, Darlene), 2 infant sons, 1 infant daughter, and an infant granddaughter.

Memorials will be directed by the family as Elaine would have wished.


Leave a Condolence
Your email address will not be published.

14 messages have been left

  1. Ron and Cheryl Haden on May 5, 2017 said:

    So many wonderful memories of your mom have flooded over me today. I will always remember her with love and thanks for all she did for me. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with all of you. Losing a mom/grandma/great-grandma is so hard. I can only imagine the reunion going on in heaven! Thank you God for the gift of Elaine.

  2. Danelle Letscher on May 5, 2017 said:

    Dave, Keith, Susan, very sorry for your loss. My prayers for you all. May God give you strength through this time.

  3. Laura Humphrey on May 5, 2017 said:

    What a special and caring person. My heart goes out to the whole family. I loved sharing recipes with her. We had fun with all the material too.. Our trip to take our Norwegian relatives to Seattle and over to the Pacific Ocean and thru the Redwoods, all so special. I’m sure Albert and dad were waiting to greet her. I know she will be missed here on Earth but now there is another special angel watching over all her family just as she did here on earth. My love to each one of you.

  4. Lynda Johnson on May 5, 2017 said:

    Charlie and I are so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you all

  5. Robert and Luanne French, Surprise, AZ on May 5, 2017 said:

    Linda, Arlyn, Daryl, David, Keith, Susan and families, We extend our deepest sympathy to you and fondly remember your mom, Elaine and your dad, Albert as visited at your farm home in Fairview, SD when we lived in Sioux City, IA. May many happy memories from over the years help to heal your hearts. God bless you.

  6. Verlyss V Jacobson on May 5, 2017 said:

    Sorry to hear about Elaine’s death. When our family lived near Hurley, SD, we were close friends of Bernie and Odell Johnson. Mardell was in my class and Merlynn was in my sister Vyona’s class. lepta was my student in middle school in Lennox. Daryl and Nancy’s daughter married Dan Hoffman whose dad Harvey is my cousin. I was at their wedding.

  7. Verlyss V Jacobson on May 5, 2017 said:

    Sorry to misspell LEOTA in my previous message!!! Need to proof read better!!!

  8. ROGER&KAREN KAPPEL on May 5, 2017 said:

    So sorry for your loss, thinking of you in the difficult days ahead.

  9. Ken and Mary Clinton on May 5, 2017 said:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you on the loss of your mom.
    Hugs to you both.

  10. Gene and Carol Regier on May 6, 2017 said:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are out of town and will not be able to attend her service but please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Elaine was a very special woman. We were blessed to have her as a neighbor. She was always so kind and so proud of her family. We pray you can enjoy your wonderful memories until you meet again. God bless forever. Go and Carol Regier

  11. Cathy and Brad Edmondson on May 7, 2017 said:

    Susan, Linda, and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom treated me like family when we were in college and I have always appreciated that kindness. We will keep everyone in our prayers.

    Cathy and Brad Edmondson

  12. Gene and Judi DeWall on May 7, 2017 said:

    God Speed Aunt Elaine. You will be missed by many but welcomed by so many others at the Gate of Heaven. You had a quiet but strong resolve and I admired you for those South Dakota qualities. Love and Hugs

  13. Amy Buitenbos on May 8, 2017 said:

    Elaine was a wonderful lady, and a kind and wonderful neighbor! We will miss her. We are unable to attend the services, but please you know you and your family our in our thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless you, Doug, Amy, Sam, Ben, & Joe Buitenbos

  14. loren wallem on May 8, 2017 said:

    So sorry for the lose of your mother. We have lost another great neighbor from the Fairview Center #83 school district. Best neighborhood a person could grow up in. Thinking of all of you at this time of sorrow.