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Bernita Olson

August 30, 1936 — May 12, 2017

Funeral services for Bernita Olson of Morris, MN will be held Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

Bernita Mildred Snyder, daughter of Glen and Mildred (King) Snyder, was born August 30, 1936 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She grew up and attended school, graduating from Oskaloosa High School. Bernita continued her schooling at Vennard College, receiving a degree in Christian Education. Following her schooling, she worked at a church in Duluth. On December 30, 1967, she was united in marriage to Gerald Olson in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The couple was blessed with two children, Stephanie and Rodney. They made their home in Moose Lake, before moving to Rochester and eventually settling in Hancock. Bernita and Gerald operated the Shady Lawn Boarding Home from 1978 to 1984. The couple owned and operated an adult foster care home until their retirement in 2001. Jerry passed away on June 2, 2006. Bernita later moved to Morris and in 2015, became a resident at Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, where she continued to live until her time of death.

Bernita was a member of the Nazarene Church, where she served as church secretary for many years. Bernita enjoyed crocheting, reading, playing games and spending time with family and friends.

Bernita’s faith in the Lord shown through to others, even through all her pain and health issues. She remained upbeat, positive, caring and a shining light unto others.

Bernita died on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria, Minnesota. She lived to 80 years.

She is survived by one daughter: Stephanie (Scott) Poe of Bartlesville, OK; one son: Rodney (Shari) Olson of Morris; four grandchildren: Jeff (Becky) Poe, Laura (James) Schaefer, Jeslyn Olson and Rafe Olson; two brothers: Bruce (Ruby) Snyder of Oskaloosa, IA and Bob Snyder of Bettendorf, IA; two sisters: Betty (Roy) Murry of Lansing, MI and Beth Benson of Des Moines, IA and sister-in-law: Phyllis Snyder of Centralia, MO. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers: Beryl and Berkley Snyder and two sisters: Barb Snyder and Brenda (Ed) Canny.
Pedersen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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