Lodesta Olsen

Jan. 20, 1931-Dec. 19, 2012

COTTONWOOD – Services for Lodesta Darlene Olsen, 81, will be at 3 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Christ Lutheran Church in Cottonwood. Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Graveside service with burial at Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Cottonwood will follow the service.

Lodesta Darlene Olsen died Dec. 19, 2012, at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Fla., surrounded by her family.

She was born in Watertown, S.D., Jan. 20, 1931, to John and Leonora (Haugom) Landon. She graduated from high school in Watertown and worked as a long distance telephone operator.

She married Dennis Olsen at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown on June 27, 1953. They traveled to multiple duty stations with the United Sates Navy until they retired to the Lyon County area in 1973. They moved to Florida in 2012 to be near family.

She is survived by her husband, daughter Debra (Stanley) Benefield of North Beach, Md.; son Dennis Olsen of St. Paul; daughter Patricia (Salvatore) DeVarti of Palm Harbor, Fla.; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren and one sister, Arlyce (Marlo) Schultz of Sioux Falls, S.D.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.