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Marilyn E. Olson, age 88, a lifelong resident of Rockford, Illinois passed away on July 19, 2017. She was the daughter of Arvid and Esther Wigell. A graduate of East High School, she was employed at Rockford Public Library as a bookkeeper. Marilyn was gifted with a classical soprano voice and performed as a soloist at churches. She met John B. Olson, WW II veteran, and they were married for over 50 years. Marilyn was a longstanding member of her "Pot Luck" group of friends. She and her friend Janet volunteered at Tabor Lutheran Church and helped many brides experience a seamless wedding ceremony. Marilyn was a tireless caregiver for her daughter Gayle, who faced many health challenges. Her survivor is daughter, Monica (Kurt) Smith.
Service in Tabor Lutheran Church, 2233 12th Ave, on July 26, 2017 at 1:00 with Pastor Jane McChesney officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery, no visitation.

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  1. Kristin Tennant Bowen

    I'm sorry for your loss, Monica. All the Texas Tennants are keeping you in our thoughts.

  2. Harry Tennant

    My main memories of Aunt Marilyn were from family get togethers. Family dinners, cookouts and especially, summer vacations at Lake Geneva and Green Lake. My mother often spoke of Marilyn's beautiful singing voice and her solos in the church choir. Thinking of you, Monica and Kurt, in this difficult time.

  3. Judi Crittenden Flodin

    Will always remember your beautiful mom. Keeping you in my thoughts~

  4. Kathy Peterson

    Enjoyed having you and knowing you at Morning Star Village. You always made us all smile. You will be greatly missed.

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