|6/28/2017 9:59:00 AM|
Martene Olson, 72, of San Jose, Calif., formerly of Windom, died May 30, 2017, at her home in San Jose.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., at Steele County Community Center, 1380 E. Elm St., in Owatonna, and July 15 at 6 p.m., at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in San Jose, Calif.
Martene Sharon Perala was born March 9, 1945, to Arlene and Toivo Perala, in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. As a young girl, "Marty" lived in Houghton, Mich., where she enjoyed hunting agates with her father at Agate Beach Park near Toivola, Mich. She enjoyed the beach, rock hunting, flowers and being in nature.
Marty and her family moved to Owatonna, then Windom, where she participated in debate, cheerleading, drama and choir.
Marty married Julius Olson and moved to Minneapolis. They were blessed with three children.
She volunteered at her children's schools and their church, serving as worship leader, council member and a leader of a variety of task forces and ministries.
After divorcing, Marty transferred with U.S. West to Ballard, Wash. There she researched her family's Norwegian and Finnish genealogy. She also enjoyed traveling and visited Norway and Hawaii. While in Seattle, Marty enjoyed Golden Gardens Park, the mountains, Ballard First Lutheran Church and Holden Village.
In retirement, she moved to San Jose, Calif., living in Morrone Gardens. She enjoyed playing bingo, cards or Mexican train with her friends.
Her ministry in her final years was writing handwritten notes and letters. She also enjoyed receiving cards, letters and photos of her loved ones.
Music was a lifelong passion for Marty. As a child, she loved playing the violin and was always singing or humming. She shared her soprano voice at home, church and with many choirs in which she sang over the years. She also accomplished a lifelong dream by recording "Let There Be Peace" to minister to others through music.
She will be remembered for loving and valuing everyone she met and making time for family and family gatherings.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Emily; and a brother-in-law, Larry Hultquist.
Survivors include her children: Theo (Dio) Olson-dandoy, Kara (Paul) Cafferty and Darrick (Ann) Olson; five grandchildren; and siblings: Carolyn Hultquist, Shelden (Cheryl) Perala and Warren (Cheryl) Perala.