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Sister Valerie Olson -- Rochester

March 18, 2018 GMT

Sister Valerie Olson Rochester

Sister Valerie Olson (Sister Katrine), 90, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, died at Assisi Heights on March 12, 2018.

Valerie Cecilia Olson was born April 18, 1927, in Lismore, Minn., to Elmer and Cecilia (Weitzel) Olson. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1951, from St. Mary Parish, Ellsworth, Minn. Sister Valerie made first vows in 1953 and perpetual vows in 1956. She completed a nine month secretarial course at Mankato Commercial College in 1945 and received an Associate in Arts Degree from Rochester Community College in 1986.

Sister Valerie served in the Business Office at Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester, for 27 years and followed that with 15 years as Personnel Coordinator in the Human Resources Department at Saint Marys, where she coordinated recruitment and selection of applicants for various positions at the hospital.


She retired in 1995 and served as an Auxilian for three years before moving to Assisi Heights, where she volunteered in various capacities until her retirement in 2004.

Sister Valerie is survived by her Franciscan Congregation with whom she shared life for 67 years and her siblings, Floyd (Mary Ann) Olson of Omaha, Neb., Diane (Albert) Larsen of Mankato, and Eileen (Herman) Wineke of Ellsworth, Minn. Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Roy Olson; and a sister, Ardys Lockey.

A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes at Assisi Heights, Rochester. Visitation from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service on Wednesday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Suite 100, Rochester, MN 55901.