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Dorothy E. Olson

June 7, 2019 | 8 comments

Dorothy E. Olson age 80 of Seneca WI passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on June 5, 2019.  She was born August 4, 1938 in DeSoto WI to William and Kathryn Bates.  While she was working at a roller-skating rink she met the love of her life Donald D. Olson.  Don was quite clever, and he would carry a wrench with him in his pocket so that he could loosen the wheels on his roller-skates so that he could go up to the counter and have Dorothy fix them for him which let to their marriage on August 6, 1955.  During their 42 years together, they would build 24 homes in the Crawford/Vernon Counties, Don as the “Carpenter” and Dorothy as the “Foreman” by his side. Thru the years, Dorothy worked in the health care field as a CAN and a Physical Therapy Aide.  She also would earn her Wisconsin Real Estate License where she worked for Uglum Reality and Pond Reality both of Mt. Sterling WI.

She is survived in death by 5 daughters, Debra (Bryan) Thompson Shamrock WI, Dawn (Tim) Ray Seneca WI, Lori (Randy) Moret Boscobel WI, Kim (John) Sprague Sparta WI, Becky (Charlie) Stark Cataract WI; 2 Sons, Donald Jr (Lori) Olson of Brockway WI and Rick Olson Seneca WI; 27 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Lorraine (Robert) Wolfe Broadhead WI, Marlene (Robert) Nelson Shasta Lake CA, Marilyn (Robert) Pink Cedar Falls IA, Elinor (Laurence) Nelson Readstown WI, Kathryn (Robert) Wurtzel Stoddard WI; 1 Brother Lesley (Ann) Bates Rockford IL; sisters-in-law Sally (Earl) White Prairie du Chien WI and Mary (Terrence) Temple Madison WI several nieces, nephews, cousins; and one very special Best Friend till the end Darlene Cahoon McGregor IA.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life and husband, Donald D. Olson; 2 sons-in-law, Paul Wall and Tim Ray; 1 brother, Bill Bates; 2 sisters-in-law, Mary Bates and Ann Bates; 3 bothers-in-law, Robert Nelson, Laurence Nelson and Bill Olson; 1 infant sister Annetta Bates; 1 great grandchild, Morgan Davidson; her parents, William and Kathryn (Cooper) Bates and Loran Cooper; and her father-in-law, Kimmel Olson; and mother-in-law, Orma Olson.

Per Dorothy’s request there will be a Visitation, Celebration of Life and Luncheon at the Seneca Town Hall with a prayer on June 29, 2019 with visitation at 9:30 to 11 am, gravesite service prior to the luncheon will be at the Utica/Seneca Evergreen Cemetery.


“God took the best Carpenter he could find and now that Carpenter has his Foreman once again”



  1. Brenda Wall

    So very sorry for the families loss. My condolences.

    • Deb DeYoung

      So sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. What a wonderful woman she was. Seeing her always brightened my day. Love and prayers are sent to her family.

  2. Marci Payne

    May God bless Dorothy and all of her family. She was always her family members biggest fan in the crowd, including her husbands. Now she can continue to cheer you on from a better place.

    • Rachelle Dyb Miller

      I am so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I have lots of good memories of her and Don from the Seneca Farmers softball days. She was one with a quick wit and a joyous laugh. My condolences to you all.

  3. Maria Wegmann

    We are so sorry for your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers for you and your families! Maria & Paul Wegmann

  4. Ruth Jacobson Kelly

    My sympathies to Dorothy’s family. Her mother and my mother were sisters and many a Sunday afternoon my family would drive to the Bates’ home and have pie. Prayers ascending for all.

  5. Brenda Kramer

    So very sorry to hear of your Mom and Grandma passing. She definitely loved watching and supporting her kids and grandkids. She will continue from above with Tim😍😍🙏

  6. Janet K Allen

    My deepest sympathy to Dorothy’s family and friends. RIP, Dorothy. There are so many in the heavens to welcome you. You will be missed by all who had the privilege to know and love you. Greet my husband, Lee A Allen. Sure do miss him. His Mother, Anna (Armoto) Allen, is probably showing him around. Thank goodness for wonderful memories of your Mother and Grandmother.

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