Betty June (Kisilewski) Olson
Betty June (Kisilewski) Olson, age 93, of Rochester, MN, passed peacefully on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Season's Hospice House.
Betty June was born June 17, 1925 in Sand Creek, WI, to Henry and Amanda Hendrickson. Home was the farm and sawmill which kept the family extremely busy. She was the youngest of five and very spoiled by her dad, according to her siblings. Betty graduated from Chetek High School, WI, in 1943 where she was the drum major in the marching band - she always claimed that it was because the uniform fit her. After taking the Civil Service exam, she worked as a key punch operator for the Government in Chicago during WWII. The big city was such a change for a small town farm girl. She told many stories about the new things she experienced. Her stay in Chicago was short as she returned to Wisconsin shortly after her dad died later in 1943 . When she returned, she lived with her sister, Corrine, in Eau Claire. In 1948 Betty was united in marriage to Harry O. Kisilewski and they made their home in Chippewa Falls, WI, from 1948 until 1960. Dave, Greg, and Debbie were all born in Chippewa and Susan was born soon after they relocated to Rochester, MN. Betty worked as an interior decorator for many years, first in Harry and Betty’s own decorating business and later at JCPenney. Harry passed away in 1991 and she was persistent in her claim that she’d never remarry. In 1994, Betty married Lorimer “Glenn” Olson in Lake City, MN. Glenn had been the store manager at Penneys, so they had known each other for quite awhile. They celebrated 24 beautiful years together in August of last year. Betty enjoyed interior decorating and fashion, always using and wearing bright colors. She was also a seamstress and had a deep love of music, especially big band music - which she and Harry loved swing dancing to. She played in a group who called themselves the ‘Kitchen Band’. Accompanied by the pianist, the ladies would play an assortment of kitchen gadgets. Betty had so much fun while entertaining with this bunch. She and Glenn enjoyed their retirement years together sharing in worship, politics, and their love of the Minnesota Twins.
Betty brought so much love, beauty, and grace into every life she touched. She was a true and loyal friend who could see the true value and beauty inside of people. Betty was deeply devoted to her family and loved spending quality time with all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a model of kindness and compassion to all those who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Lorimer “Glenn” Olson of Minneapolis, MN. She is survived by her four children, Dave (Mary) Kisilewski of Mason City, IA, Greg (Mary) Kisilewski of Oronoco, MN, Debbie (Dan) Holmes of Little Falls, MN, Susan (Taylor) Bauman of Rochester, MN. Betty is also survived by her 12 grandchildren, Taya (Pat) Theis, Jennifer (Ben) Jauquet, Chad Kisilewski, Tom (Shelle) Holmes, Ben (Katherine) Holmes, Amanda Holmes, Jessica Kisilewski, Chris (Katherine) Bauman, Sarah Holmes, Nicolle (Chase) Osterhout, Bryton Bauman, and Riley Bauman; 11 great-grandchildren; Cora, Emma, Alaina, Caden, Ethan, Addison, Mara, Peyton, Henry, Lucy, and Natalie; and many extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Harry O. Kisilewski, one brother, Harvey Hendrickson, and three sisters, Corrine Turner, Harriet Sola, and Helen Hendrickson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, February 11, 2019 at Ranfranz undefined Vine Funeral Home, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN with Pastor Anjanette Bandel officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. It was Betty’s wish that those attending should wear bright colors. Burial will be held in the Spring at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. Memorials are preferred to Season’s Hospice, Rochester MN.
Arrangements are entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes 5421 Royal Place NW,
Rochester, MN 55901 (507) 289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com