Debra Olson

January 26, 1952 - March 29, 2021

Debra Ann Olson (Erickson), age 69 died peacefully on March 29, 2021 at her home in Elko with her children by her side. She fought for many years against a complicated, non-alcohol related liver disease.

Deb was born on January 26, 1952 and raised by Phyllis and Arthur. She was one of five children and proudly graduated from Bloomington Kennedy High School before attending nursing school. As the middle child, she was a peacekeeper, and a “go to” for her siblings throughout the years. Later in life, she enjoyed many beach vacations with her mom and sisters, creating lasting memories.

After graduating with her LPN, Deb married Gregory Olson and together the couple started a family in rural Jordan, MN. They raised three children before parting ways. While living on the hobby farm, Deb enjoyed many flower gardens and spent hours crafting. She often sold her crafts at local sales and enjoyed the time spent being creative. She was a friend to all but was the sort of woman who had long lasting, meaningful friendships.

Deb had a passion for helping and caring for others and made it her career. She was a successful nurse and later in life, proudly earned her RN degree from Normandale Community College. Throughout her career, she cared for many. When she retired, she had worked for Children’s Hospital Minneapolis for over 15 years, providing pediatric special care. Her family often commented over the years she was their “Nurse Angel”.

Family meant everything to Deb. She taught her children many life lessons naturally through her way of living a kind, thoughtful and giving life. She also taught them to be self-sufficient, and ensured they learned many skills such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and how to improvise. Deb was always working to find a solution to a problem, she had many clever hacks before it was popular.

She was so grateful to spend the last year living at her daughter and son in laws home in Elko and they, along with her sons and daughter in law, provided daily care the last month of her life. She often commented how meaningful it was to see her grandchildren daily and hear their stories, or to share a treat while watching a cooking show.  She had a deep love for all her children and grandchildren, who kept her fighting for many years over her illness.

Deb leaves behind Sons, Ryan (Andi) of Clear Lake, Chet (Mae) of Montgomery, daughter Lindsey (Adam) of Elko and grandchildren Karl, Erik, Evan, Elliana, Luke and new grandchildren she looked forward to meeting from the Philippines. Siblings, Diane Buntrock, Denise (Peter) Anderson and David (Heidi) Kolhoff, sister-in-law Debbie Erickson along with many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her Mother, Phyllis Kolhoff, brother Dean Erickson and father, Aurthur Kolhoff.


A small, private service will be held at Bruzek Funeral Home on April 9th, 2021 in New Prague, MN, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Normandale Community College, designating the Debra Olson Memorial Fund

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Carol Lee
18 days ago

I am so sorry Lindsey! Please know my love is with you and your family! Was so glad to be able to FaceTime with the kids the other night. They are all getting so big! Love, Aunt Carol

Nancy Deutsch
18 days ago

My thoughts and prayers are with her children and grandchildren. Rest in Peace my dear friend!

Linda Bresser
18 days ago

So sad to hear. Deb impacted so many over her lifetime with her kind heart and beautiful smile. Sending love and prayers to her family from our family.

Tommy Larson
19 days ago

Many great memories with Deb and Greg when they lived in Jordan and out off Jordan on 11 she was away full of fun and she lived for her kids she will be missed . I remember she had a great laugh and smile

Kim Anderson
19 days ago

Aunt Debbie will be missed immensely by all who knew her. I am lucky to have had her in my life for 50 years. As the oldest niece/nephew I always loved talking to Aunt Debbie about the “medical” stuff. I loved our chats which could have been about ANYTHING and when I shared good news, I can hear her voice clearly saying “that’s good Kimmy”.
I especially remember the hobby farm fondly as a kid and getting the chickens “ready” for dinner (a story for another time).
Sending you all much love today and always.

Patty Larson
19 days ago

Rest In Peace Deb. What a blessing you were to so many, myself included.

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