Ella Olstad, 98, formerly of Lanesboro

Ella Bendina Olstad, 98, of La Crosse, died on Jan. 23, 2019, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. 

She was born on Jan. 9, 1921, to Edward and Bertha (Olson) Wangen in Lanesboro. 

She was baptized, confirmed and married by Rev. N. S. Magelson at Elstad Lutheran Church. 

She graduated from Lanesboro High School and later attended classes at WWTI in La Crosse, Wis. 

She married Juel N. Olstad on Aug. 25, 1945.

She was a former president of Bethany Auxiliary and a former president of St. Paul's Lutheran Church ALCW.  She taught Sunday school for several years as well as being a Girl Scout leader in the Riverland Council.  She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church since January 1954, the Ruth (Elizabeth) Circle and WELCA and was active in their stewardship work for Lutheran World Relief.  She enjoyed quilting, knitting sweaters and working on LWR projects.  She was a proofreader for the St. Paul's Lutheran Church "Bond" and weekly worship service bulletins for several years as well as assembling them.

She is survived by a daughter, Joan Olstad Robinson of Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Orillie Iverson of Byron and Gladys Ziemer of St. James, Minn.; one brother, Merlin (Marge) Wangen of Onalaska, Wis.; many nieces and nephews; cousins in Norway, whom she and her family enjoyed visiting in 1964, and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Juel in August 1993; four brothers, James, Kenneth and twins Peter and Palmer; two sisters, Ruth Beatty and Marian Bothun and son-in-law, Jack Robinson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Please visit her online guestbook at www.schumacher-kish.com to send condolences. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to Salvation Army, Bethany Lutheran Homes or the charity of one’s choice in her name.

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