January 21, 1979 ~ June 23, 2020
Andrea “Andi” Lynn (Noel) Olsonawski, 41, Moorhead, MN died peacefully at home on June 23, 2020 surrounded by her family after a nearly five-year long cancer journey.
Andi was born January 21, 1979 in Thief River Falls, MN to Jeff and Peggy (Breiland) Noel. She grew up in Stephen, MN where she attended Stephen-Argyle Central participating in many extra-curricular activities, but track and field is where she excelled. She continued her track and field career at North Dakota State University where she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health. Andi enjoyed success on the NDSU track and field team earning All-American honors seven times. This fall Andi will be inducted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Not long after college, but seven years after their first date, Andi was united in marriage with Mark Olsonawski on May 17, 2002 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fargo, ND. They made their home in Moorhead where they had their 4 children: Noel, Aaron, Ryan, and Kate. Andi always said how thankful she was to stay home with her kids, and once they were all in school she had the opportunity to substitute teach. She was a cheerleader for her kids in their activities and a great supporter of JPII Catholic Schools. Andi loved to travel. She always enjoyed lake time with Mark and the kids and looked forward to her nearly annual trips to southern California to visit her best friend, Natalie. She was also active in: Positive Coaching Alliance, Angels Hockey, and American Heritage Girls.
Andi had the unique ability to make an impression on everyone she met. So encouraging to all, she knew how to “fill your cup” and would always turn the spotlight away from herself. If you spent more than 5 minutes with her, you knew simply to “Do your best, and let God do the rest!”
Andi is survived by her loving husband, Mark, children, Noel, Aaron, Ryan and Kate, mother, Peggy Noel, brother, Matt Noel, father- and mother-in law, Jerry and Carol Olsonawski, grandmother-in-law, Sophie Olsonawski, sister-in-law, Rachel (Brian) Hagen, brother-in-law Mike (Courtney) Olsonawski, sister-in-law Karen (Erick) Gubbels, her 13 nieces and nephews: Madi Kuznia, Kyra, Tyler, Niall and Quinlan Hagen, Parker, Asher, Paisley and Dash Olsonawski and Nicolette, Gunnar, Gianna and Sophie Gubbels, and best friend, Natalie Mickelson.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jeff Noel, grandparents, Clarence and Mae Breiland, Don and Trassia Noel, and niece, Carlie Hagen.
Private Family Services will be held at Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed at 10 AM on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 – the Prayer Service will be live streamed at 7 PM Monday, June 29, 2020. A recording of both services will be available on our website after the services. Burial will take place at Holy Cross South Cemetery in Fargo.
DONATION AND FLORAL INFORMATION AS FOLLOWS:
If you choose to order floral tributes, please have them sent to Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo, delivered on Monday by 3 PM.
If you choose to send a memorial, please address to one of the following places the family has selected.
1. Stephen Argyle Central "Andi Scholarship"
Checks can be made out to SAC and in the memo they can just put Andi or Olsonawski Scholarship.
Attn: Kevin Kuznia
P.O. Box 68
Stephen, MN 56757
People can Call or text if any questions 218-478-3314
2. JP2 Catholic Schools
Gifts can be made to the Andi Olsonawski Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit students at St. John Paul II Catholic Schools.
Mail a check made out to:
JPII Schools to 5600 25th St. S, Fargo, ND 58104 or make gift online at www.jp2schools.org Click on Donate.
Write Andi Olsonawski on the memo line if sending check.
3. See the photo posted in the photo gallery for T-shirt and bracelet purchase information
4. NDSU Foundation
1241 University Dr N
PO Box 5144
Fargo, ND 58105
Checks made out to: NDSU Foundation with “Olsonawski Athletics Endowment” in the memo line.
Step 1) Click Donate Now
Step 2) scroll down and In the “designation” drop down select “other” and then in the information line type “Olsonawski Athletics Endowment”
Step 3) Click Add donation
*One additional option if you’d want to send Mark Olsonawski a check and note you want it to go to Scholarships.
Mark will put towards the Scholarship that needs it most after funds are collected to get scholarship completed. (If you don’t have a preference of either 3 scholarship options Mark will select on your behalf) Mark would be willing to do that for any of you as well.
3624 16th St S
Moorhead, MN 56560
Andi stories - If you have a story you would like to share privately with Mark and the family about Andi, please email Mark: firstname.lastname@example.org
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