Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 4, 2013

Dorothy Olson

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Dorothy Ann Olson, 81, of Traverse City, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City.

Dorothy was born on Monday, Dec. 28, 1931, to the late Herbert D. and Barbara (Bennett) Fisher in Clio. The family moved to the Cadillac area, where Dorothy graduated from Mesick High School. On Saturday, June 3, 1950, in Cadillac, Dorothy married Richard D. Olson. They moved to Traverse City in 1958 having previously lived in Cadillac.

Over the years Dorothy worked as a switchboard operator for Michigan Bell and later for Thirlby Clinic until she retired. Dorothy ran a day care for children, and she and Dick also served as foster parents, helping to raise 35 foster children.

She enjoyed being an active member of the Grawn United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed working on crafts.

She is survived by her daughters, Ruth Anderson, of Traverse City, and Tina (Richard) Lewis, of Lake Ann; her grandchildren, Bree (David) Sanford, of Traverse City, Sara (Tom) Brown, of Interlochen, and Tracey Wynn, of Florida; her great-granddaughters, Madyson, Whitney, Zoe and Aubrey; her nephews, James (Judy) Hicks, of East Tawas, and David (Debbie) Hicks, of Oscoda; nieces, Phyllis (Ronald) Hensel, of Montrose, Shelly (Joseph) Ferreira, of Saginaw, Pam (Mark) Kuch, of Oklahoma, Penney (Otis) Courville, of Texas, and Piper (Erik) Gals, of Nevada; many very special great-nieces and nephews; and special sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Barb and Jack Pallick, of Texas.

She was preceded in death by parents; her husband; her son, Richard Jr.; son-in-law, Ed Anderson; and sisters, Ruth Fisher and Helen Hicks.

Funeral services celebrating Dorothy’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with Pastor Mary S. Brown officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery.

Contributions honoring Dorothy’s memory may be directed to Munson Hospice House, c/o Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, or to the Grawn United Methodist Church.

Please share your memories of Dorothy with her family by way of her online guestbook/tribute page at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.