Margaret Ann Olson of Osceola died peacefully surrounded by family Nov. 15, 2020. She was 68.

Margaret was born and raised in Eau Claire before attending Mount Scenario College where she completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and music. She was an integral part of the music program there and starred as the lead in many plays and musicals like Hello Dolly. It was while attending college that she met Michael Olson, and the two were married in a beautiful ceremony Dec. 27, 1975, before moving to Osceola, which then became home.

Margaret, or Peggy as she was known by friends and family, was undoubtedly one of the most hard-working women most have ever known. As she and Mike grew a business and raised a family, she met every task with determination, will, and diligence. Always the first one up and the last one down, those who knew Peggy would agree that she was organized, practical, and efficient in every way. Even when faced with loss and the incredible challenges of raising a special needs child, she sacrificed in ways most will never fully know. She was a very involved parent with her kids. Whether leading small groups of Scouts, coaching Odyssey of the Mind, helping with class projects, driving kids to practice, or attending countless sports events, Peggy always made her kids a priority and found time to be an active part of their lives. 

Despite the tremendous weight of her responsibilities, Peggy’s consideration and thoughtfulness for others was unmatched. It’s incalculable the number of meals, desserts, and infamous “cheese balls” Peggy delivered to those who needed them and even those who didn’t. Her generosity not only encompassed tangible gifts, but included her time and talent as well. Peggy selflessly dedicated over 40 years of her life to music ministry at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she lent her services in any capacity asked of her. She organized and directed the choir, song-led, accompanied cantors on both the piano and organ, planned and prepped music for each mass, and played hundreds of weddings and funerals. Always humble about her musical gifts, she would shy away from a compliment. She considered her devotion to this ministry just a small way to serve the Lord. 

Peggy’s faith was arguably her greatest strength. It was steadfast and unwavering throughout her entire life. Her unshakeable devotion to Christ was certainly the anchor in her life, holding strong amidst both the calmest and stormiest of waters. Pilgrimages, retreats, daily mass, music ministry, adoration, and private prayer claimed much of her time. Her grandchildren are positive grandma has a special place in heaven as they say she is the holiest person they’ve ever known. If you knew Peggy in any way, you were quite likely an unknowing recipient of prayers as her thoughts for others and her prayer list were long. She was a blessing to many and her extraordinary faith and devotion was remarkable to most.

It goes without saying that Peggy will be missed greatly. Her grandchildren will cherish the memories of holidays and celebrations with grandma’s famously good food and tasty treats, overnights with their cousins, hot-tubbing and playing games, the annual summer waterpark and fair fun, summer days on the houseboat swimming and fishing, and of course performing the annual Christmas play grandma wrote and directed each year. Peggy was a loving, caring, creative grandma...always planning special times for them. 

Peggy’s garden will also be lost without her there to tend it. Her green thumb and hours of toiling in the soil always rewarded those who visited with a beautiful sight. Her labor in the dirt was therapeutic for her and she loved caring for the living things from spring until fall. She generously shared her flower varieties with her kids, and their gardens will now reflect her love and attention in those beautiful blooms for many years to come. 

What most didn’t know about Peggy and what those closest to her may miss the most is her wit and humor. It came unannounced without predictability, and it was in these moments when she unexpectedly said something hilarious that her family’s hearts warmed most with laughter. As mom once laughed in what has now become a classic family joke, “Looks like we need to take the long way home.” 

Peggy certainly didn’t take the long way home when she passed just before the sun rose Sunday morning, Nov. 15.  We are certain in God’s promise that His faithful, loving servant, Margaret, is being held in the arms of the Lord. While our hearts break, we are comforted by faith. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Peggy is forever in our hearts until we one day meet again.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents John and Helen Carroll and her brother Jim Carroll and brother-in-law Ivan Hull.

She is survived by her siblings, Bob Carroll (Ann), Joanne Hull, Mike Carroll, Patty Lokken (Ken), and Kathy Kenehan (Patrick) as well as her husband Michael Olson and children Barbara Hegge (Anthony), Angela Kitzrow (John), Michael Olson Jr., and David Olson (Lindsie) in addition to her eight beloved grandchildren Bryce, Wesley, Isabella, John, Zachary, Jacob, Kobe, and Kamren. 

The funeral service will be held Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Osceola with visitation beginning one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, Peggy asked for Catholic masses to be said in her name.

Arrangements by Grandstrand Funeral Home.

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