OBITUARY

Imogene "Vicki" M Olsen

April 5, 1932January 8, 2021
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Imogene “Vicki” M. Olsen, 88, left this world peacefully on January 8, 2021.

Born in a sod house in Hemingford, NE on April 5, 1932, Vicki was the daughter of Cecil & Ruth Vickers. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1953 and retired from the Eureka Williams Company in 1996 after 18 years as a Technical Writer.

Every bit the Nebraska farm girl, Vicki was active in 4H and showed livestock at both the Omaha and Denver Stock Shows, amassing an impressive collection of ribbons along the way.

While at UNL, Vicki earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Human Sciences. She also earned a secondary degree in Textiles, Clothing and Design. Vicki was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and a Lifetime Member of the Nebraska Alumni Association.

Vicki had a strong belief in the Lord which sustained her throughout her life. She was a faithful servant to the Lutheran Church in which she held many leadership roles over the years.

She also gave of her time and talent to the Bloomington Performing Arts Center, McLean County History Museum, Faith In Action and Habitat for Humanity to name just a few.

Vicki enjoyed Cornhusker football, sewing, gardening, “roofing”, MSNBC, eating with others, Moscato and, most importantly, time with her family. She had a feisty spirit and a zest for life that will be with us always.

Above all, there was a special place in Vicki’s heart for her companion Danielle, a cairn terrier who survived Hurricane Katrina to come to Illinois and her forever home on Reinthaler Road. Although Vicki is on the record as the rescuer, we truly believe that Danielle was sent to rescue Vicki. The two gals were inseparable and spent their days walking around the block, relaxing and napping. She was a blessing not only to Vicki but to the entire family.

Vicki is survived by a son, Jay Olsen (Kim Cook) and a daughter, Jill Kasprzak (Ken) as well as a sister, Paulla Sjostrom (Donald). She was devoted to her grandchildren Monica Cox (Mark), Kelsie Lype (Lucas Woolridge), Nikole “Kolie” Olsen, Andy Kasprzak (Jolee), Michelle Kasprzak (Jared Britt) and Mitchel, Austin, Nolan and Lacey Olsen as well as great grandchildren Andrew, George and Miles.

Visitation will be at East Lawn Funeral Home on Monday, January 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with memorial services and cremation rites to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter or the Autism Society of McLean County.

The family invites you to visit the East Lawn Funeral Home website at dignitymemorial.com to share your memories of Vicki.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Family Funeral Service

    Monday, January 18, 2021

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Melodee Bielfeldt

January 24, 2021

Enjoyed the memorial service for Vicki. Flashes of memorials of her was triggered throughout the service, that was so Vicki. We are sorry we did not know she was at Luther Oaks. We would have sent cards and notes during her stay. My entire family was blessed to know her. It was so nice to hear and see Lyn Ahern conducting her service. It just felt like another day together with Vicki at worship. Prayers for your family from ours. She was such a special person to know and Love.

Jack Sjostrom

January 23, 2021

So glad Deanie made it to our wedding! We miss you.

Tina Smith

January 21, 2021

What an absolutely "Beautiful" tribute video sharing Vicki's lifetime memories!
Cherish the time spent together as family and hold those memories dear in your hearts, forever.

*Remembering your wonderful mother and wishing you all comfort... Our deepest condolences to Jill and the entire family-- we're so sorry for your loss.

I hope you feel surrounded by much love.
Jon-n-Tina Smith (Blm, IL)

Sharon Lawlis

January 19, 2021

I shared a memory a few days ago and don’t think it came through.
Vicki was my roommate at Mennonite Hospital in January 1966, when our first child was born, Julie, and when her second child was born , Jill! She was very reassuring that I could handle this new baby.
I worked with Vicki in a couple of organizations as well as we we were both part of the exercise group, Stretch and Tone, through Normal Parks and Recreation.
I always enjoyed her! She was a great lady!
Sharon Lawlis

Ed & Karen Olsen

January 18, 2021

Vicki will be missed, she was such a great lady. My grand daughter remembers and loved Vicki's memories of her childhood and schooling in Nebraska. Such an interesting life.

Jeff Fritzen

January 18, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Vicki and the gang in the Product Dept. at Eureka almost every day as our company printed those owner's manuals she so carefully constructed. Customers became friends more readily in those days and in chance meetings in the ensuing years it was always a joy to visit with Vicki who genuinely wanted to know how I was doing. It was my privilege to have known her.

Karen Bolt (Formerly Cundiff)

January 17, 2021

Jay & Jill, you probably won't remember us, but our family lived right across the street from you, at 907, on Reinthaler from 1974-1991. We had 3 girls, Carrie, Maggie & Kellie. They loved your mom, she was always so warm & welcoming to them and invited them in to get gumballs from her gumball machine! And they remember playing with your dog, Penny. You may remember the Moore twins who lived next door to us? Lots of great memories from those days on that short street! May all your memories sustain you & your families in the days to come. Vickie was a special lady and you were lucky to have her for your mom❣

Jack Sjostrom

January 17, 2021

Auntie Deanie... will be missed.
A few quick memories/thoughts:

I always thought it interesting how she referred to my Dad as shoos, but I never heard the backstory. I don’t think I ever heard anyone else call him that.

My memories of her today paint me a picture of a very smart woman, stern with her nephews, but kind. We lived pretty far away, and really didn’t see her often. We traveled some summers to Illinois to visit Grandma Sjostrom, and we would stop and visit Deanie. Spending a couple days with her during those trips was always a high point of the vacation. I remember getting into the crawl space under the house... Jay messing around with his Oldsmobile in the driveway... vintage hot wheel cars... and piecing together a bicycle from parts of several non-working bikes she had in the garage.

Eureka vacuums, only operable because my Aunt transcribed such complicated instructions to be able to be comprehended by a third grader...

I remember big smiles. Big hugs. Feisty wit. I will never forget her.

Joani Olsen Kenney

January 16, 2021

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Doris Devine

January 16, 2021

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