1923 Jeanne 2001

Jeanne C. Olson

March 5, 1923 — March 26, 2001

Jeanne Christie Shepard Olson
2951 Fox Run

Jeanne died on March 26, 2001. She was born March 6, 1923 to Clair and Dorothy (Lierle) Christie. Her birthplace, Belmond was a lovely, rural town in Iowa, a good place to grow up. After graduation from Belmond Public School, she attended the University of Iowa, receiving her B.A. in 1944. While at Iowa, she was member and president of TAU chapter, Delta Gamma Sorority.

Jeanne’s interests and activities during her lifetime revolved around family, friends, volunteer work and the visual arts and crafts. During the approximately forty years she resided in Appleton, Jeanne’s volunteer time was largely devoted to the then Appleton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Bazaar Project plus a couple years as Gift Shop Co-chairman. Other volunteering included Meals on Wheels, Community Blood Center, Appleton A.F.S. chapter and host to an American Field Service student. Jeanne was active in the Charity Circle of Kings Daughters (as member and past president), P.E.O. (member and Chapter AT), Appleton Art Gallery, and Riverview Country Club.

Along with the usual family activities, Jeanne’s spare time was spent pursuing a variety of hands on art and craft techniques, especially hand-thrown pottery. She exhibited at Art in the Park and other summer shows. For a few years she co-sponsored Etcetera Craft Show for other artisans as well as designed and produced boutique items for Designs Unlimited.

Jeanne very much enjoyed gatherings of special friends such as the Pot Luck Group (now old friends), the B.L.T.s and Arizona Snowbirds, Paul’s Pals Travel Group, and golf and bridge buddies. A constant source of discovery and lifetime pleasure to Jeanne was found in all things of nature. A favorite quote was “you can’t change the wind but you can adjust the sail”.

Jeanne was a life-long member of the First Congregational Church, teaching Sunday School in her earlier years and she was active in Women’s Fellowship.

Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Catherine Shepard, of Milwaukee, WI, her two sons John (Sharon) Shepard of Houston, TX, and Stephen (Kristin) Shepard, Appleton, WI. She is also survived by dear grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) King of Humble, TX, Marc Shepard of Austin, TX, Carson Shepard of Milwaukee, WI, and great-grandaughters, Emily Ann and Hannah Rae King.

Other survivors are her special step family children Emily Giese, Plano, TX and Peter (Cheryl) Olson, Madison, WI. Surviving step-grandchildren are Scott (Nicole) Giese and a step-great grandson, Will Giese of Plano, TX, Sarah (Brian) Jones, Plano, TX, Polly and Greta Olson, Madison, WI, Marin Bergdall and Lisa Thompson, Raleigh, NC. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Harold Olson and his wife Faye of Fremont, WI. Family members in Wisconsin and Iowa also survive Jeanne. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlyn, and her parents.

Funeral services for Mrs. Olson will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, March 30, 2001, at FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF CHRIST, 724 East South River Street, with Reverend Jane Weeden officiating. Burial will be in Belmond Cemetery, Belmond, Iowa. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 pm Thursday. A Community Foundation Memorial will be established in the name of Marlyn E. and Jeanne C. Olson.

We are fortunate to be born under Jeanne’s star.

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