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Rita M. Olson

Rita M. Olson

Rita M. Olson, age 94, of Hastings, passed away at Augustana Care Center on April 12, 2019. Rita was born in Hastings on January 19, 1925. She graduated Hastings High School and attended the College of St. Benedict. She began her working life as a TWA Stewardess and later in life became a real estate broker. She was strongly connected to her siblings and parents and always enjoyed spending time with them. Rita was creative, an accomplished seamstress, knitter and enjoyed many handcrafts. She enjoyed cooking and entertaining. She especially loved flowers...and cultivated a formidable collection of houseplants!! Rita enjoyed dogs and Whitey, her loving furry friend, comforted her in the past few years. She spent many summers on Lake Hubert and many winters in Florida but her favorite place was always home.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Howard Miller (1969) and Willis Olson (2007); parents, John and Elizabeth (Driscoll) Oys; brother, John Oys; sister, Kathleen Harris and brother-in law, Byron Harris; brother-in-law, Owen Holbrook.

Rita is survived by her daughters, Nannette Miller, and Michelle Thompson (John Wiederholt); Stepchildren, Rebecca Olson (Loren); Richard Olson (Tom O'Dell); Audrey Hansen (Todd); Jeni Garrison (Brian); Grandchildren, David Thompson (Kelly); Anne Blessing; Jesse Stoner (Lissa) and son, Kyle; Ben Stoner (Julie); Karin Taylor (Chris) and children, Linden, Juniper and August; Eric Hansen (Rachel) and daughter, Amelia; sister, June Holbrook, sister-in-law, Kathleen Oys (John); and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Special thanks to all the staff at Augustana Health Care Center and Grace Hospice team for their excellent, respectful care, and overwhelming kindness.

Private Interment at a later date at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Cemetery.

The Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel is serving the family. Visit to sign the online tribute page.