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Mary H. Olson

April 8, 1939 June 12, 2017
Mary H. Olson
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Mary Houck Olson (78) of Oak Park, Illinois died peacefully surrounded by family on June12, 2017 in Minneapolis after a brief battle with rare EHE cancer. She joins in heaven her husband Jon Olson and parents Margaret and Irvin Houck. Mary approached her cancer diagnosis the same way she approached all things in life – with a fierce desire to give God the glory for how He always carried and provided for her. That strong faith powered her identity as a devoted wife, mother, “Nana,” sister, aunt and caring friend. It fueled her service to others in so many ways, including as a Bible Study Fellowship lecturer/leader, WBS Bible study leader, volunteer to those with special needs through Joni and Friends, loyal Infant Welfare Society supporter and foster mother to 70 babies over the decades. Even as she moved closer to death, she clung, literally, to a handheld cross as she prepared to move to her eternal home and into the presence of her beloved Heavenly Father. Mary will be dearly missed by children Derek (Kris) Olson and Deirdre Olson Gentolizo; grandchildren Kaija, Benjamin, Anna and Nataly; brother Dr. Richard Houck and sister Peggy (Eric) Smith; many beloved Houck and Olson extended family members, those who call her “Mom/Grandma Maryland dear friends in Illinois, Minneapolis, and on Washington and Detroit Islands. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. (with lunch to follow) on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305. Visitation will be Friday June 16th from 4:30-7:00 and also from 10:00-11:00 on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305 or Joni and Friends Chicago, 915 Harger Rd #105, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

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Visitation

Friday

16

Jun

4:30 PM 6/16/2017 4:30:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/16/2017 7:00:00 PM
Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305

Grace Lutheran Church
7300 Division St. River Forest 60305 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

17

Jun

10:00 AM 6/17/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/17/2017 11:00:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305

Grace Lutheran Church
7300 Division St. River Forest 60305 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

17

Jun

11:00 AM 6/17/2017 11:00:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305

Grace Lutheran Church
7300 Division St. River Forest 60305 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305

Joni and Friends Chicago

915 Harger Rd #105
Oak Brook, IL 60523
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