Ginny Olson

Written by Theresa Rose on November 18, 2015

Virginia (Ginny) Faye Olson, age 85 of Mt. Pleasant, died Tuesday November 17, 2015 at Sunnybrook Assisted Living in Mt. Pleasant. The daughter of Victor and Mattie (Lute) Olson, she was born March 8, 1930 at Mt. Pleasant. A graduate of the Olds High School, class of 1948, she went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in 1952. She taught school in Cedar Rapids then attended the University of Nebraska where she received her Masters Degree in 1956. She returned to the Cedar Rapids School district, teaching at Hayes and Johnson where she taught until her retirement in 1995. Virginia was one of the first teachers to teach in the “Intermediate family school” program, while at Johnson teaching the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. She touched the lives of many, many students over her 40 years of teaching. Virginia loved to travel having gone to Europe and especially Sweden and all over the United States. She enjoyed bird watching and encouraging everyone else in the family to carry on the tradition. She was an avid bridge player, and enjoyed reading and watching college sports on television. Ginny’s family was very important to her, she was always interested in what everyone was doing. When she was able, she loved to go to as many events and family gatherings as possible. She always wanted to be involved in their lives. While living in Cedar Rapids she was a faithful member of St. Mark’s Lutheran church. Since returning to the Swedesburg area she was once again a member of the Swedesburg Lutheran Church. Church was very important in her life.

Survivors include: two nephews, Greg and Camille Zihlman of Dallas, Texas; Keith and Lana Zihlman of Mt. Pleasant; one niece Chris Mertens of Salem; many great and great-great nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister Millicent Olson Zihlman.

The funeral service will be Saturday November 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. Mark Youngquist officiating. Interment will follow at the Swedesburg Church Cemetery. A time for visitation and fellowship will follow at the church Parish Hall. Memorials have been established for the Swedesburg Lutheran church and HCI Hospice Care Service of Mt. Pleasant. Honts Funeral Home in Winfield is in charge of the arrangements.