Funeral services, following MN Covid-19 Guidelines of social distancing and face coverings, will be held for Kathryn Olson of Roseau on Friday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau. Visitation will be one hour prior; with interment at Spruce Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Kathryn “Kathy” Renae Olson was born on December 26, 1940 at the Budd apartments in Roseau, MN to Clarence and Dagny (Grafstrom) Lundstrom. Kathy was raised in Strandquist, MN with her two brothers on a large turkey farm. She graduated from Strandquist High School in 1958. Upon finishing high school, she pursued a degree in nursing at the Vocational School of Practical Nursing in Thief River Falls. Kathy lost both of her parents by the age of 18, so in addition to getting her LPN degree, she moved home to help her younger brother, Roger, finish high school and take care of the farm. Kathy married Joe Biskup on May 28, 1960, they were married for 20 years and had five wonderful children together. In the winter of 1983, she met the love of her life, Dennis Olson, and they were married April 27,1996 in Roseau, MN. They enjoyed fishing, going to the casino, and spending time with all of their friends until his sudden death in June of 2003.
Kathy moved to Roseau in the fall of 1980 and worked for the Roseau Children’s home, REM Roseau and the Roseau DAC, where she poured love into children with special needs. She later worked as a volunteer coordinator for Sheltering Oaks and started many of the programs that served the residents. After retiring in 2004 she continued to volunteer at Life Care, enjoyed gardening, going to the casino with Joy, having coffee every morning at 8 am with her coffee buddies, spending hours on the phone with her kids, and cherished spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to spending time with friends and family she hasn’t missed Days of Our Lives or Wheel of Fortune since 1984, when she bought her first VCR.
Kathy is survived by her children Joni (Steve) Massaro, Roseau MN, Greg (Candi) Biskup, Hayward WI, Joy Biskup, Montrose, MN, Steve “Duke” Biskup, Hibbing, MN, and Beth Biskup, Montrose, MN. Her grandchildren Amanda (Nick) Kvidt, Eric (Camille) Massaro, and Carter (Tara) Biskup and her adored great-grandchildren Emmett, Oliver, Griffin, Eliza and Fletcher.
Kathy is preceded in death by the love of her life Dennis Olson, her parents, brothers Myles and Roger Lundstrom and many dear friends and family members.
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