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 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.