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Laura Kathleen Olsen

Dec 27, 1939 - Sep 22, 2023


Friday, September 29, 2023
2:30 pm
Benalto Community Hall


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association.


Laura Kathleen Olsen (Wecker) passed away peacefully at home with family and her dogs close by on Friday, September 22, 2023.

Laura was born in 1939, in Red Deer, and grew up on the family farm in the Happy Hill area. She was active in the local 4-H club and was proud of her accomplishments in sewing and gardening. After graduation, Laura got her teaching certificate and started her teaching career in Bowden along with 5 other brand new teachers, who became some of her lifelong friends.

In 1963, she married John Olsen of the Markerville area. They had their first son, John, in 1964, and moved out to John’s family farm. In 1967, they added to their family with their daughter, Elizabeth. Laura kept busy helping out on the farm and raising her family but was quite happy to resume her teaching career at Spruce View School after her kids were school age. She taught there until her retirement.

Throughout her life, Laura was active in the community and volunteered countless hours for many
different organizations. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family, hosting large gatherings and entertaining. The farm became the place where the Olson and Wecker families got together for both the happy and sad times.

Her children and grandsons were her pride and joy. She felt so fortunate to have them close by right until the end.

Laura is predeceased by her husband, John, her parents, Dave and Freda Wecker, her brother, Brian
Wecker and an infant son, Walter. She is survived by her son, John (Andy), her daughter, Elizabeth
(Betty Brassard), three grandsons, Matthieu Brassard, Michel Brassard, Nathaniel Brassard, her sister, Bonnie Olson (Peter) as well as many in her extended family.

A Celebration of Laura’s Life will be held at Benalto Community Hall, Friday, September 29th at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Lung Association.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.


Shelly ( Walker) & Neil Zacharias:

Our condolences for your family. I ( Shelly) remember many trips to the Olson farm for visits!
Laura was a wonderful lady.

Clay and Kristine Mattson:

Sorry to hear this, condolences to the family. Laura was a fixture in the community and have great memories of working along side her and other family members at many functions in Benalto.

Helen Johannson:

I have fond memories of Laura during our teaching years and working Bingos in Red Deer or at the Markerville Creamery. She was a great volunteer and crib player! Condolences to the family.

Ellery& Pat Brandson:

Our deepest sympathy to all of your family .We are unable to attend Laura`s service due to Ellery`s brothers service. Hugs and love to all she was a wonderful lady. Will be sadly missed

Sylvan Lake Ladies Auxiliary Branch 212:

Sending our sincerest condolences to Laura’s family and family render family. She was a wonderful volunteer she will be missed

Stewart ( Jean ) STEPHANSON :

Our condolences to Laura’s family ( and Bonnie and Peters )
I recall well, my last visit with Laura. It was a pleasant evening on Main Street in
Eckville a few years back. Laura was in a van ( with numerous young folks ( and friends )
all enjoying Pizza !
I expect Grandma was some how involved with that being provided.
Laura actually recognized me, and hailed me from with in the van.
We had a lengthy visit that evening. I so appreciated her getting my attention.
Thinking of all of you at this sad time
Stewart ( a cousin )

Connie (Rhodes) Swarbrick:

So sorry to hear of Laura's passing. She was a wonderful teacher and 4-H leader who gave selflessly of her time to enrich the lives of youth. I have such fond memories of her (who else could make highway clean-up fun?).

Elaine Olson:

Thinking of you all.

Wayne Anderson/Lethbridge:

A visit with Laura, was always a 'great' visit. RIP dear Laura.

Mervin & Roberta Peters:

Our sincerest condolences in the loss of your Mother/Grandmother. What a wonderful family you have been through all the trials and problems. What a true meaning of family and a wonderful leader you have had.

Nannce Artemenko :

My condolences to the family. I know in my head that it is the natural order of things, but in my heart, it hurts to see the family that I knee growing smaller.
Rest easy Laura, you're with the rest of the gang now.

Doug & Lynn Hambly:

Laura was a wonderful lady, she will be greatly missed.

Wanda :

Hugs everyone. Miss her dearly

Greg Coleman:

Mrs. Olson was always so helpful and encouraging to all youth be it through school or her many volunteer activities. I remember her at many 4-H functions where she always helped members become more confident in learning new skills and challenge themselves. My sincere condolences to her family - such a wonderful lady!

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