Harriet H. Olson
Funeral services for Harriet H. Olson, age 99 of Niobrara, Nebraska, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the Niobrara Evangelical Lutheran Church in Niobrara. Reverend Beverly Rautenberg-Panko will officiate, with burial in the L'Eau Qui Court Cemetery at Niobrara.
Visitation will be Tuesday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Niobrara.
Harriet died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Alpine Village in Verdigre, Nebraska.
Harriet H. (Quie) Olson, daughter of Lewis and Mary Ann (Graves) Quie, was born September 4, 1914, at Center, Nebraska. Harriet attended rural school in the Center area. When the family later moved to Niobrara, Nebraska, she attended and graduated from Niobrara High School with the Class of 1934.
On November 17, 1937, Harriet was married to Fulton R. Olson at Rapid City, South Dakota. They made their first home in Niobrara, where Fulton operated a service station. Later, they moved to South Sioux City, Nebraska, where Fulton worked as a carpenter. During the early part of World War II, Fulton worked on various defense projects, and the family moved to locations in South Dakota and the state of Washington. When it came time for Fulton to serve in the U.S. Navy, the family moved back to Niobrara, where Harriet cared for their young children, Bob and Neil, while Fulton was overseas serving in Okinawa. Upon receiving his discharge from the Navy, Fulton returned home to Niobrara. Harriet continued to take care of the household, which soon included Larry and Lonnie, as Fulton was involved in various farming and business ventures. From 1961 until 1976, both Fulton and Harriet shared in the operation of Olson's General Merchandise Store in Niobrara. When the village of Niobrara was relocated in the 1970's, Harriet and Fulton chose to move to the "new town", but decided not to relocate Olson's General Merchandise store.
Harriet was a member of the Niobrara Evangelical Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Order of the Eastern Star. Harriet especially enjoyed gardening, dogs, and birds.
Harriet is survived by her sons, Robert L. (wife Darlene) Olson, and D. Neil (wife Jane) Olson, all of Niobrara, Nebraska, and Larry (wife Jennifer) Olson of Beresford, South Dakota; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fulton R. Olson; son, Lonnie Dean Olson; and parents, Lewis and Mary Ann Quie.