Gloria Olig

gloria olig

Gloria  Olig, 87,of Fargo, ND died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday,  June 20, 2013 at Sanford Medical Center. Gloria was born in Kensal, ND in 1926 to Ruby and Glenn Burleson.  She graduated from Kensal high school and attended the University of Minnesota and Jamestown College. Following college she taught school in Kensal and then Napoleon where she met and married Herman Olig in 1950.  They lived briefly in Bismarck and Williston before moving back to Kensal and opening Kensal Drug. In 1961 they moved to Hankinson ND where they owned Hankinson Drug until retirement.  After her husbands death in 2004, Gloria moved to Fargo to be near family and resided at Riverview Place.   Gloria thoroughly enjoyed music her entire life.   She played saxophone and sang in her families band, The BurlesonOrchestra as a teenager and throughout college.  While a student at Jamestown College she sang in her own radio show.  She taught choir in Kensal, Napoleon and Hankinson. She directed the choir at St. Phillips Catholic Church in Hankinson for 35 years.  She also served as the director for a  community chorus in Hankinson.  While living at Riverview place in Fargo she was able to revive her passion for playing her saxophone and singing in an orchestra.  She was a member of the E flats, a band comprised of residents from Riverview.  This group was very unique and was featured on several local news  broadcasts.  She very much enjoyed entertaining her wonderful friends at Riverview on a regular basis.   Gloria was preceded in death by her husband Herman, sons Stafford and Kevin, brother Byron, sister Arlyss and her parents and grandson Wyatt. She is survived by her sons David, (Jolette) Fargo, Mitchell, Fargo, Chris, (Kathy) , Eden Prairie, MN.  5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren , sister Karen, Crete,IL,  brother, Blaine, (Joanne) Glendive, MT.

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  1. Hankinson ND
    To family of Gloria,
    We are sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Sorry we were out of town and were not able to attend the funeral.
    Both of us always enjoyed Gloria’s company and have wonderful memories of her.
    She was such a neat person and always upbeat.

  2. Hankinson N.D
    . Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother, Gloria. She was a wonderful person, and will be missed.

  3. Fargo ND
    I am so sorry that I could not be at Riverview today to extend my sympathy in person but I have bad eyes too and they made me quit driving about a year ago.

    My husband and I were friends with your Mom and Dad so many years ago and then I saw her quite often at Riverview when my sister-in-law, Fern Grondahl, was there. I did so appreciate her big smile and her ability to make the best of life even with all her trials.

    Love, Hugs and Praayers

    Jo Grondahl

  4. Fargo North Dakota
    To the family of Gloria,
    I remember her sitting near the
    piano/organ side of the chapel at
    Riverview when I would provide music
    and cantor for their Sunday liturgy.
    I visited with her at times, and commented on her talents and wondered if she would play her saxaphone sometime at the liturgy?
    That would have been special. She was so talented. However she smiled and declined the offer. I will miss her presence at the Sunday liturgies.
    Inez Rath

  5. Dave, Jolette, Emily and family:

    I was sorry to learn of the loss of your mother/grandmother. While life, as we know it, includes the physical loss of those we love, our memories of those we love can never be taken from us. Be comforted in the knowledge that you will one day be reunited in a greater place. Please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

  6. Hankinson ND
    The Family of Gloria Olig:
    We were sadden to learn of the death of such a wonderful and caring person, Gloria Olig. Gloria was an amazing and talented person who loved her family, her friends, and her Lord. God bless her and her family always.

  7. New Prague MN
    Dear family of Gloria,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your mom. She was always such a nice and friendly lady and a good friend to my parents. She will be missed. Take care. Sincerely,
    Deb Lipetzky Stupica

  8. Kensal ND
    Bill started high school with Gloria in 1940 but left to join the Navy in 1943.
    Gloria always wrote to him then and
    they remained friends. She was such a
    wonderful person, may Gods blessing be
    upon her soul.

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