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Jean Elizabeth Olsen (maiden Sutliff)

Jean Elizabeth Olsen (maiden Sutliff)

This Saturday August 11th, a graveside celebration of Jean's life will be held at W. Immanuel Lutheran church, 447 180th St, Osceola, WI 54020, on August 11, 2018, 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Born in October of 1933 of Irene Moe Sutliff and Chester G. (Tim) Sutliff, Jean learned to hunt with her father and homemaking skills from her mother. Jean described her mother as "a rock," a quality she passed down to her daughter in spades. Jean handled life-changing events with grace and aplomb. Child of the great depression, frugal Jean knew the difference between the value of things and their price.

In July of 1952, teenager Jean eloped with her New Richmond High school prom king and star athlete, John "Jack" Olsen. Jack feared not getting the blessing of Jean's father Tim. They sneaked across the border to Stillwater for a quick, informal wedding. Later, Jack wrote a touching letter to their parents, begging forgiveness and promising to do right by Tim's daughter. He kept that promise, deeply loving and caring for Jean the rest of his life.

In 1953, she gave Jack a son, John. Daughter Janine followed 13 months later. The young family eventually set down roots in North St. Paul, MN, often visiting family back in New Richmond. In summers, they took to their tiny houseboat on the St. Croix.

In 1966, the family relocated to Miami FL, later settling in rural Paisley FL, near Daytona Beach.

After Jack's death in 2001, Jean dove into civic involvement, as Treasurer of the Paisley Association and handling the money for her church. She not only knew the value of a dollar, but also where to find it!

Jean remained devoutly Lutheran her whole life, reading her bible every day. When she could not attend church in person, she would faithfully watch on TV.

She practiced her faith, too, serving food at the local community center as well as delivering meals to the sick and home-bound. Her love and devotion to her rescued cats and dogs knew no bounds. So please send donations to the ASPCA in lieu of flowers.

Jean loved crossword puzzles, Scrabble, Jeopardy, chocolates, covered dish socials, and bingo with her friend Edna. She appreciated a variety of music, ranging from Ricky Nelson, Jack Jones, Rod Stewart to Prince.

Jean passed into the arms of God on Wednesday, Feb. 28th of this year in Orange City, FL. She died from natural causes, surrounded by loving brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren and great-grandchilden in the days before she passed.

Jean was survived in death by her siblings (Donnie, John, Patty, Nancy), children (Janine, John), grandchildren (Ryan, Tyler, Anne, Mark, Molly), and great-granddaughters (Sydney, Jena). She was preceded in death by her husband (Jack), her parents (Tim, Irene), two siblings (Virginia, Bobby) and a granddaughter (Jennifer).

Jean touched many lives. The light of her beautiful memory burns brightly in our hearts. RIP.