Eleanor Olson

Eleanor Olson, 90, of Manawa, went to the hands of her Lord on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, in King.

She was born on April 29, 1920, in the town of Little Wolf, the daughter of the late August and Helena (nee Mundt) Mittelstaedt. On Dec. 3, 1938, she married the love of her life, Ralph Olson, in Manawa. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Eleanor, along with her husband Ralph and brother in-law Clarence Olson, started Olson Lumber Co. which is now Kettle Moraine Hardwood. They also started Olson Sand and Gravel, which now is Cedar Lake Sand and Gravel, and built and ran Timber Inn, which is now MJ Stevens. All of these places are located on Aurora Road and Highway 41 in the town of Addison. Eleanor was a member of the Manawa Garden Club, Manawa Homemakers and Zion Lutheran Church in Manawa and their Ladies Aid.

She is survived by her children, Thomas (companion, Sharon) Olson of Manawa, JoAnn (Richard) Jeffords of Slinger and Daniel (special friend, Marianne) Olson of Mequon; son-in-law, Bob Winters of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Annette Clark, Cindy (Dan) Wheaton, Jessie Winters, James (Carrie) Jeffords, Rachel (Ted) Stoffel, Jan (Greg) Kreuser and Arika Olson; a brother, Erv (Eileen) Mittelstaedt of Manawa; and seven great-grandchildren. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; twin infant sons; a daughter, Cheryl Winters; and a brother, Clarence Mittelstaedt.

The funeral service for Eleanor will be held on Monday, Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Manawa with the Rev. Vilas Mazemke officiating. Burial will be in Little Wolf Cemetery, town of Little Wolf. Friends may call directly at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Cline-Hanson-Dahlke Funeral Home is serving the family. www.clinehansondahlkefuneralhomes.com