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Clare Lucille Olsen

June 9, 1921 - January 1, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Clare Lucille Olsen

Clare Lucille Olsen

Born: June 9, 1921
Died: January 1, 2018
Age: 96

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Clare Lucille Olsen, 96, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on January 1, 2018, at her residence at the loving and caring Northshire Nursing Home in Spencer.

She was born June 9, 1921 in Virgil, South Dakota to Archie and Mabel (Saville) Hebron.  Her family moved to Cherokee, Iowa, where Clare graduated from high school.

     Clare married the love of her life, Arnold "Ole" Olsen, in Cherokee on September 3, 1939 at her parent’s home.  They began married life farming near Nemaha, Iowa; later moving to Cherokee.   They raised their family in the Greenville community where they were members of the Greenville Congregational Church.  Clare served at various times as Sunday School Superintendent, teacher, Bible school assistant and active in the Ladies Aid.

Known for her tasty cooking, Clare was a cook at the Greenville Elementary School and was Head Dietitian at the Spencer Municipal Hospital where she retired. Clare quilted over 100 quilts that she hand-pieced to give to her family.  Clare and "Ole" enjoyed dancing, playing cards, making handmade crafts, and traveling in their motor home with their loving pets, Dolly and Baby.  The last ten years, Clare developed a love for reading. Her favorite thing most of all was to spend time with her family.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant son, Richard Allen, three brothers, Albert, Foster and Wess Hebron, a grandson, Ronald D. Heien, and a great- granddaughter, Christine Marie Heien.

     Left to cherish her memory are her brother, Dr Kenneth Hebron and wife, Louise of Indianola, Iowa; her sister, Mrs. Lois Brewer of Forest Grove, Oregon; her brother-in-law, Mike Shull of Council Bluffs, Iowa; her children: Marlene and Brad Cornett of Hudson, NC, Lawrence and Merrie Olsen of Colonial Beach, VA, Donna and Jim Graham of Ruthven, IA; 8 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends. 


Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 5, at the First Congregational Church in Greenville.
Rev. Tonna Parsons
Kent Zalaznik
Roger Daugherty
Joel Parsons
Tim Lawson
Lee Seaman

Honorary Bearers
Mike Kaschmitter
John Elbert
Dwight Sparks
Everett Amis

Visitation will be open after 3:00 P.M., Thursday, with the family present from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M., Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Organist - Verlie Amis

Soloist - Gary Klett
"My Mother's Hands"
"God's Forever Family"

Congregational Hymns
"Hymn of Promise"
"He Hideth My Soul"
Newell Cemetery
Newell, Iowa


Friday, April 6, 2018 at 12:38 PM
“Clare was a very special lady. Her and I hit it off right away and she always made me feel good about doing my job. I will miss her smiling face. Rest peacefully.”
- Misty Harrison
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 8:46 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Clare’s passing. She was always so nice. My sympathy to her family”
- Deb Wilcox
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:33 PM
“I am sorry that am not able to attend Clare's funeral. She was a very special lady cannot count how many times we played cards. The talks we had over coffee and cookies. She always seemed to have a endless supply on hand. Am very happy that Rachael was able to take Winnie up to see her. You can just see the joy she had holding her. Will be a picture worth cherishing May my prayers of fond memories of your mother ease some of your pain. Just knowing that Ole is waiting for her and I am betting if possible. That he has the cribbage board all ready for their next game together. Love to you all and your families. ”
- Deborah Heien
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 5:33 PM
“We are keeping all of you, especially Randall, Crystal, Marlene, and Brad in our prayers. Grandma was surely special to you all! Know of our thoughts and love from a distance.

Ron & Shirley”
- Ron & Shirley Cava
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:27 PM
“I will miss my 500 partner so much. She was a wonderful friend and I loved her dearly. God bless you all.”
- Terry Gruhn
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry that you are now feeling the loss of a wonderful lady! She was so good to everyone at northshire. She was an inspiration and a loving person. You should be very proud of her. God bless you as you mourn your earthly loss!”
- Nancy Hartmann
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“Marlene, Brad and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. What a beautiful woman and what a Blessing to have her for so long. We know where she is now . As in Matthew 7:14 only few will make it, and she made it. My love, and prayers are with you and your family. I pray you find solace while you enjoy your fond memories of her and her life. Love, Laura Gibbins ”
- Laura Gibbins
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Her obituary was beautiful. She lived to see a lot in her life, and most of all, she had such a warm and loving family. And now she is home. I pray God gives you all peace and hope with her loss.”
- Kathy Pursley
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:41 PM
“Our Sympathy in the loss of your mother. Always enjoyed visiting with her at the Saville family reunion. She was a cousin of my parents George and Della Ellsworth”
- Janice Ellsworth Moncur
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 7:06 PM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Clare was quite a lady, always well dressed and wearing her pearls. Mom (Dorothy Jenner) enjoyed many happy times with her cousin, and now they are together again. May God comfort your aching hearts. Sending my sympathy and love.”
- Lorene Jenner Cavigielli
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 3:39 PM
“To Donna and family. We are so sorry to hear of Clare's passing. Her and Ole were our neighbors as we were growing up. Very, very nice people. I will always remember Clare making mince meat pies for my Dad. Hold tight to the many memories of your Mom. I'm sure her, Ole and Dad are having a good laugh right about now.”
- Mark and Julie Nemmers
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 12:29 PM
“My sincere sympathy to the family of Clare Olsen.”
- Patricia Shaw
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“I was so blessed to know Grandma Clare- what an incredible woman, full of life and spunk. I can still hear distinctive laugh and see her beautiful smile! What a beautiful legacy she has left in the hearts of her family. She left no doubt about her love for all of you. Donna, Jim, Bob, Angie and families - I'm so sorry for your loss and wish I could be there to wrap my arms around you. May God comfort you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. May His peace pass all understanding during these next chapters. I love y'all like my own family. ”
- Jim Holland
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:07 PM
“Please accept our sincere sympathy on the death of your mother, Clare. She was born in the same year as Tom's Mom.
I hope the weather improves as you travel. Love, Tom and Pat”
- Tom and Pat Rittscher
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:07 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about Clare, she was such a lovely dear lady. I have enjoyed visiting with her over the years when I delivered books to her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love and sympathy, Rita”
- Rita Nuebel
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 2:09 PM
“Dear Family,
We were so sorry to here about your mother. She was a very special lady.. We have lots of good memories of
Arnold and Clare. What great people.. She will be missed for sure. Know you are all in our thoughts and Prayers.
Love to all,
Roger and Jackie”
- Jackie Mann
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 2:09 PM
“She is missed here at Northshire by so many. I personally connected with Clare and took such honor in knowing her over the years. My deepest sympathies go out to all your families and friends of Clare. Cindy”
- cindy
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 2:09 PM
“I am so sorry to hear Claire passed,i so enjoyed taking care of her,even after I quit I would stop in and she always remembered me and would ask if I was coming back she missed me.That made me feel special.”
- Fern Falline
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:49 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Clare! She was my Grandma's roommate. She was such a sweetie and a wonderful person. Sending prayers for the family. ”
- Pam Galm
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