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Myrtle Olson

Oct. 11, 1915-Jan. 18, 2010

Myrtle C. Olson died on Monday, January 18, 2010 at St. Mary's Oak Crossing-Cedar Ridge in Detroit Lakes.

Myrtle Christina Grefsrud was born to Gustav and Martina (Bratlien) Grefsrud on October 11, 1915 at their home in rural Hawley. She attended country school in Parke Township, Clay County. Myrtle married Oscar T. Olson on December 30, 1936. They lived on a farm in rural Lake Park, until they moved to Lake Ida in 1951.

Myrtle was a stay at home mother who was a caregiver to all of those around her. She was also an avid gardener and baker. She was active at Cormorant Lutheran Church and worked there as the custodian for 35 years. Oscar passed away July 19, 1961. Myrtle continued to live at the lake until 2001, when she moved to Lincoln Park Senior Living in Detroit Lakes. In May 2007, she moved to St. Mary's Oak Crossing-Cedar Ridge.

Surviving Myrtle are her one daughter, Yvonne (Robert) Fiedler of Shoreview, Minn.; three brothers, Raymond (Joan) Grefsrud of Hawley, Earl (Priscilla) Grefsrud of Sedona, Ariz., and Ardean (Adele) Grefsrud of Cascade, Idaho; four sisters, Ardell (Robert) Nelson of Helena, Mont., Glenda (David) Bengtson of Pelican Rapids, Lorraine Grefsrud of Fargo and Wanda (Carl) Erickson of Hitterdal; sisters-in-law, Muriel Grefsrud of Hawley and Joanne Grefsrud of Webster, Wis.; one granddaughter, Dayna (Sam) Herrington of Bowling Green, Ohio; and one great grandson, Alex Herrington.

Preceding Myrtle in death were her husband; parents; one son, Gary Roger Olson; one daughter, MayDean Olson; three brothers, Orvald, Norris and Vernon Grefsrud; and two sisters, Mamie Peterson and Thelma Peterson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 19 at Cormorant Lutheran Church, rural Lake Park, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 at Cormorant Lutheran Church, rural Lake Park, with interment in Cormorant Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Lake Park.

Wright Funeral Home of Lake Park is providing arrangements. An online guestbook and video tribute are available at