Olga Jacobson

olga jacobson

On August 26th, 2022, Olga Jacobson decided that after 96 well-lived years, it was indeed time to go home to Jesus and to reunite with her dearly missed dancing partner and husband Merle, who preceded her in death.

Olga Christine Solsten was born August 11, 1926 in Griggs County, North Dakota, to Norwegian immigrants, Martin and Marit Solsten. She and her siblings’ first language was Norwegian. She learned English in school and graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1944. While working on the Jacobson farm, Olga met Merle and the two eloped in Wolf Point, Montana in 1947. They made their home in Rugby and welcomed their son Wayne in 1949. Their daughter Nancy completed their family in 1952. Olga spent many happy years working at Miller Drug in Rugby. She could even be found filling prescriptions while Ralph Miller was away–perhaps taking more liberties than the pharmacy should have allowed–but Olga ran the show. Olga was indeed a busy body: going dancing with Merle at Lee’s Bar or the Eagles in Rugby, baking sunbuckles or Christmas cookies, playing cards, helping clean and organize after a loved one had moved, teaching grandkids to crochet, and often making quilts at the church or for the birth of a great-grandchild. Many of us affectionately have an Olga blanket, or two, or three. While she may have had her own way of doing things, she would praise and encourage you rather than correct you in how you rolled the lefse. She was never one to criticize.

We are grateful for the many years that we got to spend with “grandma Olga”. In 2008, she relocated to Fargo. In the days and weeks leading to her passing, she shared dear moments with her loved ones. We celebrated her 96th birthday with cupcakes and singing, we talked affectionately about Merle the squirrel, she expressed her love and gratitude to her dear children, she laughed, held our hands, and even shared a little bit of sass in her special way. She allowed each of us to say goodbye and have some laughs and moments to fill our hearts until we can again be reunited. Her family will hold onto the special memories including big events, small events, holiday gatherings, and weekly chats on Facetime in recent years.

Olga is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Merle; her sister Myrtle (Don) Veile, and many sister- and brother-in-laws.

She is survived by her sister, Ragnhild “Rags” Frey of Mott, ND; brother Melvin (Diane) Solsten of Rugby; son Wayne (Ellen) Jacobson of Bismarck; daughter Nancy (Rick) Consdorf of Fargo; grandchildren Kristen (Paul) Burud of Fargo, Collin (Rachel) Consdorf of Fargo, Kari (Ryan) Weigel of Bismarck, Katie (Nathan) Stewart of Bismarck, and Tom (Alyssa) Jacobson of Plymouth, MN. Perhaps her greatest joy of her recent years was in visits from her youngest family members including her thirteen great-grandchildren: Allison and Tyler Burud; Bennett and Everett Consdorf; Sydney, Sadie and TJ Weigel; Braelyn, Jaedyn, and Ashtyn Stewart; and Claire, Emmy and Lucy Jacobson.

Her family would like to thank Olga’s friends and extended family that visited her during her years in Fargo. We also cannot overlook the staff at Sheyenne Crossings and Ethos Hospice for their tender care in the last few weeks, especially. Thanks as well go to Deb Wald, her partner-in-prayer. On behalf of Olga’s family, we would like to thank you for joining us in celebrating Olga’s life.


Visitation - Sunday: September 4, 2022 1:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Memorial Service - Sunday: September 4, 2022 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. We were so sorry to hear of Olga’s passing. May her good works follow her & may she rest in eternal peace with God. Our sincere sympathy to all of you at this difficult time.
    You have a lot of special memories to hold onto.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Sharon & Bill Espe

  2. Our deepest condolences Wayne, Nancy and families;
    We were so sad to hear of Aunt Olga’s passing. She was such a beautiful soul inside and out! May your memories help you through this sad time! We will always remember the time she spent with Rags and We all got to know her a little better!! The memories we made ♥️♥️
    Rags sends all her love and hugs as do we! You are in our thoughts and in our prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻♥️ Jerry, Suzette, Isaac and Alaina

  3. Olga’s smile and laughter will always be one of my best memories of her. My memories of Olga. and her entire Jacobson family fill my heart. They played a huge part of my growing up in Rugby. The many stories and memories over the years make me so happy Olga was a part of my life. My sincere sympathy and prayers for the entire Jacobson family. She truly was One of a kind and my memories of Olga will always bring a smile to my face and a tug of my heart.

  4. Nancy, Wayne, and the Jacobson family,

    What a treasure it has been to spend time with your dear Olga. Each time I went to visit her I was greeted with her infectious spirit and love. We shared many moments together praising our Lord for His goodness through song, scripture and prayer. Olga loved Jesus and was so happy when I would read to her from the devotional “Jesus Calling”. She would always say “oh…that’s just wonderful “! I think this phrase actually phrase describes my friend, Olga, as well. SHE was just wonderful.

    My deepest condolences to all of you. She lived a long and spunky life and touched each of us in her special ways. She will be miss dearly. I feel blessed that I was able to be graced with her presence over the last few years.

    Rest in peace my dear friend, Olga. Until we meet again….Deb aka “that lady from church” ❤️🙏🏻

  5. We were saddened to hear of Olga’s passing. We will always remember her smile and her sense of humor. We send out heartfelt sympathy to Olga’s family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. SO MANY JOY FILLED memories of time shared with Olga & her Wonderful family‼️She always made my heart smile‼️❤️ OLGA was a TRUE EARTHLY TREASURE!
    Praying you’ll find comfort & joy as you share tender memories of days spent with her🙏‼️
    💙Coffee shop Sheila

  7. Olga will be in my heart always. We had many good times, wonderful memories. I will miss her laugh and always joking around. Love that lady. The video is wonderful. Beautiful job. My prayers and sympathy to you all. Wish I could be celebrating with you all. Rest in peace beautiful Olga. ♥️

  8. Wayne and Nancy – It was such a treat to reunite with you again this summer and to spend a little time with aunt Olga. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing. The years go by so fast and before you know it the ones you love and respect and look up to are gone. Mom and Rags and Olga tried hard to stay in touch either by mail or phone and on the rare occasion even got to spend time together in their later years. What a treasure it was for them to reunite! My hope is that Mom and her sister Olga have found each other in heaven and celebrating their reunion along with their mom and dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you grieve the loss of a very fine lady I am proud to call my aunt. ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Wayne, Nancy and families:
    What a beautiful life your mother had and how fortunate for all of you to celebrate her 96th Bday. She must have been born with a smile on her face and her laugh was infectious. She was Miller Drug and it was a hoot listening to her and Ralph argue. Good memories you have!!

    Thoughts and Prayers.

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