|Loraine A. Novotny Olson, 96|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - Loraine Alice Novotny Olson, 96, died Tuesday October 4, 2011 at Thief River Care Center, Thief River Falls, where she had lived since January 2011.
??Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday Oct. 8 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Thief River Falls, with Father Rick Lambert presiding. Casket bearers included all of Loraine’s nieces and nephews. Interment was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Badger.
Loraine Alice Novotny Olson was born Jan. 13, 1915 to Mike and Martha Lubinsky-Novotny at home in Skagen Township in Roseau County. Loraine was baptized in the Catholic faith growing up. She attended a one-room classroom, walking one mile to grade school and four miles to high school. At age 17, Loraine started teaching with only one year of training at Warroad, taking at-home correspondence and extension courses.
Loraine married Syrial Olson on June 20, 1936. Syrial was in the Navy when they married and since jobs were plentiful in World War II, she went to Los Angeles to work as a riveter at North American Aircraft and a burner at Consolidated Shipyards. After the war they farmed near Roseau.
At age 43, Loraine decided to go to college and obtain a Bachelor of Science degree. She taught the second grade at Northrop Elementary for the next 20 years, retiring at age 65, saying her greatest reward in life, were her children’s smiling faces.
Loraine had many interests in life. She liked violins, wild flowers, animals, birds and John Denver. She enjoyed watching TV, talking politics and caring for her two cats, Zelda and Zoe. Loraine also had four dogs in her earlier years, named Bruce, Lucy, Lacy and Kuhlua Alaska.
Loraine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Syrial; sisters, Helen (John) Kappes, Margaret (Lyle) Helgeland, brothers, Roy and Robert, niece Marjorie Keller and nephew Phillip Helgeland.
She was survived by sisters-in-law, Deloris Novotny, Detroit Lakes, and Gladys Novotny, Billings, Mont., and several nieces and nephews; and special friends and care givers, the Lund family.
Family condolences may be sent to www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.