Alice Olson


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Posted Online: April 08, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Alice M. Olson, 95, formerly of Sherrard, died on Friday, April 5, 2013, at St. Anthony's Nursing & Rehab, Rock Island.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Kirk Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, 1301 4th St., Orion. Visitation is from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. before the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sherrard Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Anthony's Activity Department or Sherrard Presbyterian Church.
Alice was born on Feb. 13, 1918, in Rock Island, the daughter of Louis and Eva Luckenbihl Dierolf. She married Roy Olson on Sept. 22, 1946, in Coal Valley. He preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 1988.
Alice grew up working on the family truck farm, Dierolf Gardens, in west Rock Island. She later worked at the former Iowa-Illinois Gas & Electric Company and retired as a cook at Sherrard High School. Alice was a 62-year member of Sherrard Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed making and selling chocolates, a skill she taught to her daughters. Alice loved playing cards and belonged to the senior citizens card club.
Survivors include her daughters, Daye-Ann "Ann" (Mike) Hendricks, Rock Island, Sandy (Bob) Gustafson, Rock Island; sons, Tom (Eileen) Olson, Sherrard, and David (Bonnie) Olson, Naperville, Ill.; grandchildren, Julie (Tim) Olson-Buchanan, Fresno, Calif., Susan Olson, New Haven, Conn., Chris (Jay) Webster, Las Vegas, Nev., Angie (Matt) Marlier, Moline, Shelly (Thad) Crass, Rock Island, Mike (Gina) Hendricks, Rock Island, Mike Olson, Sherrard, Zoanne Olson, Sherrard, Eirik (Angie) Gustafson, Moline, Aaron Gustafson, Rock Island, and Adam Gustafson, San Francisco, Calif.; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Cliff (Jan) Dierolf, Sherrard.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Louis, Raymond, Earl and Leonard Dierolf; and sisters, Elsie Dierolf and Elizabeth Dierolf in infancy.
The family greatly appreciated the caregivers for Alice while she was living in her home in Sherrard. She was especially happy when her grandson, Adam, and his friend, Thalila Umwech, gave a year to care for her. We also want to thank the great staff at St. Anthony's from top to bottom for their care, comfort and support. Alice often said, "I like it here."
Online condolences may be left for her by visiting esterdahl.com.












 



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