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Mary Ann (Schiele) THEUSCH OLSON


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 2/2/2008 at 23:56:30

Eagle Grove Eagle, Iowa
30 January 2008

Mary Ann Olson, 87, accomplished china painter

Mary Ann Olson, the daughter of Michael and Margaret (Bichler) Schiele, was born July 27, 1920, in Linton, North Dakota. She was raised and educated in the area of her birth. At the beginning of World War II, she and her friend Katie Schell moved to California to work in the ship building industry. She returned to Linton to help on the family farm before moving to Millerville, Minn., in 1944, where her family joined her in 1945. On June 13, 1946, she married Florian Theusch in Urbank, Minn. The couple made their home in Parkers Prairie, Minn., where they raised their three children. She earned her GED and attended Staples Area Technical College, earning a degree in Food Service. She worked for the Parkers Prairie Schools for many years before moving to Alexandria where she worked at the Bethany Nursing Home and Radisson Arrowwood Resort. She married Lester “Chick” Olson on February 26, 1977, and moved to Eagle Grove, Iowa. They enjoyed playing golf. She loved to play bridge and was an accomplished china painter. She was a member of the World Organization of China Painters, the Humboldt China Painters, and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was active with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Eagle Grove. She enjoyed spending time with her “Iowa family,” Scott and Teri Fritcher, and their three girls, Megan, Katelyn, and Cassidy.

On January 24, 2008, Mary Ann Olson died peacefully at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa, at the age of 87 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Florain; brothers, Edmund and Wilfred; sister, Barbara Gabriel, and brother-in-law, Pete Hulm. She is survived by her husband, Lester “Chick” Olson, of Madrid, Iowa; three children, James Theusch, and wife, Diane, of Minneapolis, Minn., Charles Theusch, of Payson, Ariz., and Clifford Theusch, and wife, Debbie, of Chippewa Falls, Wisc.; seven grandchildren, Monica (Tony) Barranco, Jason (Karla) Theusch, Shana (Todd) Young, Mariana Theusch, Catherine Theusch, Levi (Jade) Theusch, and Melissa Theusch; eight great-grandchildren, Sofia, Carter, Bailey, Fletcher, Taylor, Jalen, Amanda, and Addisyn; three brothers, Joe Schiele, and wife, Betty, of Brandon, Minn., Kenneth Schiele, and wife, Jan, of Eden Valley, Minn., and Wallace Schiele, and wife, Sandi, of Evansville, Minn.; two sisters, Adeline Kappahan, and husband, Rommie, of Fergus Falls, Minn., and Vivian Nagel, and husband, Don, of Hague, N. D.; one brother-in-law, Al Gabriel of Strasburg, N. D.; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Byrne of Alexandria, Minn.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 28, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Eagle Grove with Father Chris Podhajsky celebrating. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. Foust Funeral Home of Eagle Grove was in charge of arrangements.


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