March 31, 1926 ~ June 20, 2013
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.