Jan. 11, 1932-July 12, 2013
MARSHALL – A celebration of life for Olivene Evelyn Gagnon, age 81 of Marshall will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the funeral home and continue one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
Olivene E. Gagnon died July 12, 2013, at the Minneota Manor Nursing Home with her children by her side.
Olivene (Maronde) Gagnon was born Jan. 11, 1932, to Harold and Evelyn (Meron) Maronde in Marshall. She would spend her entire life in Marshall, until she met and married Emmett Gagnon May 20, 1953. Together the couple moved to California while Emmett served in the military before returning to Cottonwood. The couple would eventually move to Marshall where they would have two children, Kim and PooBear. After Emmett’s death in June of 1965, Olivene began to work as a telephone operator. After some time, she began to work with Bisbee Plumbing and Heating before working as a bookkeeper for more than 30 years at Thrifty White Drug Store. Olivene spent many hours tending her gardens, taking care of plants, camping and watching birds. She used her artistic gifts painting and sewing many works of art. She was a founding member of the Eagles Club and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Her greatest joy was being a loving and nurturing mother to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She will be missed by her daughter Kim Gagnon of Marshall; son, PooBear “Ricky” (Cathy Doom) Gagnon of Marshall; grandchildren, Brittany Buysse (special friend, Jeremy Luckhardt) of Balaton and Brandon Buysse (fiance, Sheena Lamote) of Rochester; five great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Julie (Perry) Schumacher and Sharlene Gagnon of Illinois and brother-in-law, George Gagnon of Ill.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emmett; brothers, Kenneth Maronde and Marvin Maronde; sister-in-law, Ruby Gagnon; brothers-in-law Fran Gagnon and Stanley Gagnon; parents-in-law, George and Theresa Gagnon.
Blessed be the memory of Ollie E. Gagnon.