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Tuesday June 6th, 2017
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Dorothy L. Olsen

Dorothy L. “Dot” Olsen, 87, of St. Paul, died Thursday, June 1, 2017, surrounded by her family, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. The Revs. Rayappa Konka and Michael McDermott will concelebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Dorothy was born on March 7, 1930, at Sterling, Colorado, the daughter of Christian and Lydia (Pfanenstiel) Leachman. She lived with her family in several communities in eastern Colorado and attended high school in Atwood, Colorado until it closed in her junior year. She graduated from St. Anthony's High School in Sterling in 1948. She was united in marriage to Roy L. Olsen on July 18, 1948, in Sterling, Colorado. In 1949, they moved back to St. Paul, where they raised their five children and lived for 58 years. They moved to a retirement community in Grand Island in 2007. Roy died on Jan. 31, 2013 and Dorothy continued to live in Grand Island until 2017 when she moved to Brookefield Park in St. Paul. Dorothy was an avid bridge player, golfer and accomplished seamstress. She was very involved in the St. Paul community and Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She was a longtime member and past secretary/treasurer of the St. Paul Country Club and also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Catholic Daughters. She worked from her home initially doing alterations for Bryan Jensen Clothing and after her children were raised, she worked at the store until her retirement. She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Terry Samuelson of Grand Island, Bonnie and Steve Meyer of Beemer and Julie and Doug Bullis of Lakewood, Colorado; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Joyce Olsen of Farwell and John and Cindy Olsen of Lawrence, Kansas; 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and Richard Giarratano of Arvada, CO and Kay and Fred Fair of Pueblo, CO; one brother and three sisters-in-law, Jerald and Joyce Leachman of Pueblo, CO, Jan Leachman of Anderson, Alabama and Ann Leachman of Seattle, WA. In addition to her husband, Roy, she was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Bruce Meyer; two brothers, Edwin and Chris Leachman; and one sister, Virginia Scalva. Memorials are suggested to Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Life Center or the St. Paul Civic Center.

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I just watched the video of Dorothy's life. What a beautiful and wonderful family she had! So much love was evident in all of the pictures. It has been a long time since I have seen Dorothy and all of the Olsen family but I do remember the times my family has shared with you back many years ago. I want to send my condolences to you all. Dorothy was a special lady. She always had a smile on her face, and a kind word to say. I am sure she will be greatly missed. Prayers to all of you. Love, Cheryl (Reinsch) Schneider

Cheryl Schneider Jun 21 2017 10:50 AM

Dorothy was such a kind person and her and husband Roy did such good things over the years for the St. Paul community. I know she will be dearly missed by her family. May all their great memories help keep her spirit alive! With Sincere Sympathy, Ralph and Pam Hammack, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Ralph Hammack Jun 6 2017 6:47 PM

I was just 91/2 years old when you married Roy and he moved you and my baby niece Sherry out to the middle of a corn field in Nebraska. (Just kidding) There was always a lot of excitement around the Leachman house when we knew you and your family were coming to Colorado for a visit, only now with another niece Bonnie. I remember being sad when it came time for you to go back home. Not nearly as sad as I am now. I used to tease with you a lot and you were always right there to give it back .Like when I'd tell you, Gee, Nebraska looks like a great place to raise corn, someone should look into it. Or when you and Roy hit a deer and I told you there's no such thing as a deer in Nebraska, it was probably a Hereford. Looks like most of my kidding was about you living in Nebraska, doesn't it? Will always remember my stopover in St. Paul on my way to catch my ship in San Diego. You were 9 months pregnant with Julie and Roy had to rush me back to G. I. to catch the train, worried the whole time about you. We thought you were destined to have only girls in the family, then along comes Jim, while I was out in the Pacific somewhere. Big John came after I came home, married and Joyce and I were having babies of our own. I asked you about the fact that John was younger than our Lynnette. "Oh yes we were still in love then too." I find that very cute. Sorry I can't be with your family at this time, but I will forever remember and love you my Big Sister. Love, Jerry

Jerald Leachman Jun 5 2017 5:11 PM

we are so sorry for your loss may God Bless you at this special time Doug and Marti Fousek

Doug & Marti Fousek Jun 5 2017 2:18 PM

Your dear mother was simply a treasure to me. I will carry her always in my heart and in my prayers. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend her funeral because we will be gone for two weeks. She was truly one in a million! Marcia Berryman, Hospice Volunteer

Marcia Berryman Jun 4 2017 4:52 PM

My sympathy to all of you at the loss of Dorothy. She was a great woman and so involved in church and civic activities in St. Paul. S. Patricia (Christopher) and S. Delores also send their sympathy. S Mary Kay Panowicz OSB Yankton, SD

S Mary Kay Panowicz Jun 4 2017 9:18 AM

My prayers and sympathy to all of you, Dorothy was such a lovely lady. A heart of gold, always so good to see and visit with. Cherish all the many many wonderful memories you have with her. She is now at peace and with Roy and her Lord!!! On Christ, Velda Peters

Velda Peters Jun 3 2017 5:28 PM