Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 16, 2014

Berneil Olson

TRAVERSE CITY — Berneil Olson, 89, recently of Traverse City but longtime resident of Bellaire, passed away Nov. 3, 2013, at Bortz Health Care. Berneil was born Jan. 25, 1924, to Elda and Everet Reynolds in Hartford Township, Ind. Both of them preceded her in death, as did a brother, Max and a sister, Edyth Burket.

Surviving are husband, Marvin Olson; son, Thomas Flauding (by an earlier marriage); sister, Betty Bourn (George); and stepsons, Bruce (Pat) Olson and Ronald Olson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, along with their families.

For many years Berneil worked in women’s ready-to-wear retailing as a sales person and buyer for several stores in Toledo, Ohio.

She married Marvin Olson on May 9, 1971.

Clothing and fashion remained a passion (along with her hair) and she would never venture out unless she was confident of her appearance. Likewise, she was a fastidious homemaker and her homes were her castles. She often spoke of home care as “playing house” and loved every moment of it. After purchasing six housekeeping cottages near Torch River Bridge she had ample opportunity to care for and manage the rental cottages. Berneil spent summers at their Grand Traverse Bay home making certain tenants had an enjoyable stay.

She did not enjoy motor home living but much preferred shipboard cruising. A China tour provided many long-term memories.

In 1990 Marvin and Berneil retired to a home in Bellaire and moved to Traverse City in 2013.

Skiing was a favorite sport, but golf ruled her sports agenda. She was a longtime member of The Ladies Golf League at Shanty Creek and played almost daily at courses in Leisure World in Mesa, Ariz., where the Olsons spent the winter months.

Berneil was a gracious host and a loving person who will be greatly missed by friends and family.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at the Church in the Hills, Bellaire. Pastor David Ramage will preside and Berneil’s ashes will be interred in the church’s Memorial Garden.

Memorial remembrances may be made to the Memorial Garden Fund or the General Church Fund, Church of the Hills, PO Box 319, Bellaire, MI 49615 or to your favorite charity.

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