Rose M. Olson, 96, of Fargo, ND, died on October 15, 2021. She was born on Nov. 9, 1924 in Rosebud Township North Dakota to Frank and Cora (Nelson) Roberts. She grew up in Fingal and Oriska, ND. On May 8, 1943, she married Vernon E. Olson of Valley City, ND at Westover Field, Mass. She returned to Valley City where she worked until Vern returned from military service and they moved to Fargo. There they raised nine children. When West Acres opened in 1971, Rose took a job in customer service and rented strollers. She retired from West Acres after 14 years. Surviving are four sons, Michael (Alice) of Nosara, Costa Rica and Sun City West, Ariz.; Roger of Fort Collins, Co.; Anthony (Sherrill McMahon Ferezza) of Eagan, Minn.; and Todd of Fargo. Five daughters, Bonita Craft of Rogers, Ark.; Angela Etter of Fargo; Marsha (Jeff) Stangler of Fargo; Teresa (James) Hough of Burnsville, Minn.; and Shelly (Phil) Pankow of Rochester, Minn. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Vern on April 8, 2002, just short of their 60th wedding anniversary. Also preceding her in death were her sisters, Eleanor Russell, Beatrice Dahl, and Francis Nalewaja, and a brother Howard Roberts. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo, ND on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 11:00 AM with visitation beginning one hour prior. Rose was a member of St. Anthony’s for over 70 years. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Fargo, ND.

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  1. My kids absolutely loved “great-grandma” Rose. We loved to visit when Anthony and Sherrill were in town. She loved my kids like there were her own grandkids!

  2. Sincere condolences to Shelly, Phil and the whole family as you grieve your loss. Rose is certainly celebrating this day in ways we can only imagine! Enjoy the memories that make you laugh, and the blessings that swell your heart.

  3. My sincere thoughts and prayers for all of Rose’s family. I met Rose and Vern when I was hired by West Acres to help man the stroller desk. It was a blessing to work with them. Rose always had a smile on her face and was so proud of all her children as she talked about them. I missed seeing her when she retired and lost track of where she was. I know she is rejoicing to be back home with Vern and all her family who crossed over before her. She will be greatly missed.

  4. Olson Family,
    So very sorry for your family’s loss.
    Rose was always generous in kindness, direct in thought and message, sharp in wit. I greatly appreciate how much she helped my dad over the years and especially when it was not so easy to do so. I enjoyed our visits when I made trips back home, especially ones that included my grandsons and her interactions with them. She was a wonderful. I will miss Auntie Rose.

  5. To Rose’s family,

    Yes, there are a few of us still at West Acres who were here during Rose’s years of service at the mall, including me. We are all saddened to learn of her passing. She was good at her job and the regular customers became her friends. We are grateful that she set a high standard for good service. She will be missed by all that knew her.

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