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Obituary for Benita Olson

Benita Joyce Olson, 85, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse. She was born on July 23, 1932, in La Crosse, the daughter of Joseph and Lilian (Johnson) Blanchard. In 1950, Benita graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse. Benita married her best friend Robert “Bob” Olson of La Crosse in 1951 and together they raised four children. She would say her proudest accomplishment was raising her children, and teaching them about love, respect, responsibility and nurturing. Her love of family was shown when spending time with her grandchildren. Strong in faith, Benita expressed how blessed she was to have lived such a wonderful life; her children were her best friends. Benita worked part time at Western Technical College in the admissions office. She enjoyed officiating girls volleyball with Bob. She had a talent for cooking, baking, and sewing -- and made numerous garments for her children. Benita enjoyed traveling with her husband and family. Her favorite destinations were Disney World, Hawaii and LasVegas. Benita also loved meeting her lifelong friends for dinner and conversation; she called it “my lunch bunch.” She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her daughters Maureen (Jim) Buergermeister of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and Susan (Anand) Olson of Midland, Mich.; her sons, Robert (Sherry) Olson of Crystal, Minn., and Erik (Lisa) Olson of West Bend, Wis.; her seven grandchildren, Andrew Olson, Steve Olson, Maureen Finlayson, Sam Olson, Josh Olson, Lexi Olson, and Ben Olson. Benita was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Olson; parents, Joseph and Lillian Blanchard; two brothers, Louis Blanchard and Bill Blanchard; and nephew, Glen Blanchard. In accordance with Benita’s wishes, a private funeral service will be held and burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery. Cards should be sent to Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors choice. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Michael Dolan for the support and care provided to Benita.