Lois R. Olsen

November 29, 1929March 13, 2014

Lois R. Olsen, 84, of Sparta went to the Lord on March 13, 2014. Lois was born in Pocatella Idaho and settled in Sparta in 1968. She taught piano, flute and the organ from her home for many years. Lois played lead flute in the Santa Maria Symphony and was the organist at Picatinny Arsenal from 1969-2011. Her musical career allowed her to meet many famous musicians including her late friend Roger Williams. Along the way Lois received many awards for music but still found time for her other favorite hobbies; skiing and golf. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Russell N. Olsen. Lois is survived by her devoted son Dirk Olsen and his wife Marianne of Palisade, CO; Granddaughter Kaeley Seibert and her husband Jack of Maricopa, AZ; and grandson Cory Olsen and his wife Monica of Aurora, CO. She is also survived by her great-grandson Everett Russell Olsen; sisters-in-law: Betty June Rhodes and Carole Cullen and 2 nephews and 3 nieces. A funeral service will be held at 11am Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Sparta First Presbyterian Church, 32 Main St., Sparta, NJ 07871. Interment will follow at Sparta Cemetery. The Goble Funeral Home, Sparta is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to



  • FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, March 18, 2014



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July 24, 2014

Lois was such an inspiration to me - so talented musically, funny, and taught me to always stay young. She was the bright star at Sunday morning mass and I know she is still shining!
Jane Lindsay

Terri Olshanski

April 6, 2014

With great sorrow, I just learned of Lois' passing tonight. She taught my 3 children piano for many years. We will always have fond memories of her and enjoyed her stories, adventures and misadventures. I was a great admirer of her life, her heart and stamina. She truly was a very "special" lady and will be greatly missed.

March 27, 2014

I'm so sorry to learn of Lois's passing. She taught our daughter piano for many years and played beautifully for her wedding. She was a generous, kind, lovely lady, and will always be remembered with a smile.
Sincerely, Glenn Trippett

Deanna Iannuzzi

March 26, 2014

I first met Lois years ago when she taught my oldest daughter piano lessons. I kept in touch with her over the years as her Avon lady. But Lois was much more then a customer to me. She was a wonderful woman who I admired very much. She had such spirit. I looked forward to visiting with her and listening to the latest story. I always came away with a good laugh and a smile on my face. I was so saddened to her of her passing, she will truly be missed. My condolences to her family, may she rest in peace...

March 23, 2014

Lois was a very special member of our Picatinny family. We had so many great times together. She was always fun to be with, always had wonderful stories to tell, and was always a caring and warm-hearted friend. We will miss her.

The Ellis Family


March 19, 2014

My friend, my neighbor, I will miss you dearly.
Your friend and monster handler.

Lane Family

March 18, 2014

Lois was our dear friend and neighbor. It was always a delight to visit with her. The walks passed her house will not be the same but our memories of her will last in our hearts forever.


March 18, 2014

So sad to see this. Mrs. Olsen taught my daughter piano for many years. We always enjoyed hearing about her skiing adventures and looking at her pictures. She was a cool lady. God Bless

Fr. Joe Farias

March 17, 2014

Lois and I were a team at the Picatinny Chapel for 16 years. Those years included a lot of preaching and a lot of singing, but a lot more laughing (and crying), eating and drinking, short trips and a long one to MD. I learned about Pocatello, flutes, Russ, Dirk, Chopin and her adventure/mishap of the week. Lois had a knack of making sure you began your week with a laugh. Unfortunately, right after Christmas, my calendar ToDo list kept saying "Get up to see Lois" and I never got there but I know I will see her in eternity. "May the angels lead her into paradise; may the martyrs come to welcome her to the new and eternal Jerusalem."

March 17, 2014

Lois was more than a piano teacher...
Lois was more than a golfer...
Lois was more than a skier...
Lois was more than a mother to me....
Lois was more than a guest at my holiday table...
Lois was my dear dear friend...
Lovable, irreverent, cheeky, opinionated, gracious and irreplaceable. There are few women like her left.