Beth J. Oelke-Olson

Beth J. Oelke-Olson, 49, of Ashland, formerly of Mercer, died Tuesday morning, July 24, 2007, at Court Manor Nursing Home in Ashland.

She was born Feb. 6, 1958, in Prairie Du Chien, daughter of the late Roger and Mary (Meade) Oelke, and was raised in West Bend, where she attended school.

Beth moved to Mercer in 1981, where she was employed at Simpson Electric Co. for 20 years, retiring due to ill health and residing in Ashland since 2004.

Beth loved going for rides and being outdoors. She enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi River in her younger years, and was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Mercer.

She was married to Louis Uhrmann for five years and then to Darrell Olson for 17 years. He survives.

Also surviving are a son, David S. Uhrmann of Minocqua; two daughters, Ashley Uhrmann (Scott Groshek) of Rosholt and Jami (Patrick) Santini of Hartford; four grandchildren, Noah Santini, Adara Hart-Uhrmann, and Olivia and Lucas Groshek; a stepson, Matt (Angie) Hastreiter of Blaine, Minn.; a stepdaughter, Alena Olson of Cambridge, Ohio; three step-grandchildren, Austin Olson and Joshua and Kaitlyn Hastreiter; a brother, Roger Oelke of Cascade; a sister, Tammy (Dennis) Liepert of West Bend; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and her parents-in-law, Bud and Janet Georgi, and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Jeff Minton, Rita and Doug Wellman and Inger and John Donovan, all of Mercer.

Besides her parents, Beth was preceded in death by a sister, Terry Oelke.

In accordance with Beths wishes, cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 28, at 11 a.m., at Faith Lutheran Church in Mercer, with the Rev. Dr. Gary Uttech, pastor, officiating.

A luncheon reception will follow at the Mercer Senior Center from noon to 3 p.m.

Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund.

To view Beths obituary online, sign the guestbook, and express condolences, visit mckevitt

Arrangements are with McKevitt-Patrick and Engstrom Funeral and Cremation Services of Ironwood and Hurley.