Olga Inez Rodahl, 98, New Salem, formerly of Garrison, died Thursday, July 19, 2012, in a New Salem nursing home. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 27, 2012, at 2 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in Garrison. Burial will take place at St. Peter's Cemetery in Emmet.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison.
Olga was born Feb. 20, 1914, in the Adams/Fairdale area to John and Bertha (Skare) Teenquist, as the seventh of eight children. Her mother was from Norway and her father from Sweden, so at home they spoke a mixture of the two. Olga learned English after she started attending school. When she was 7, her mother passed away and soon after two of her teenage sisters also passed away, so Olga and her younger sister, Agnes, were raised by their father and brothers. During her childhood, they moved to the Douglas area.
On Sept. 28, 1934, Olga married Oscar Rodahl in Garrison. They farmed in the Emmet area until 1956, when they moved into Garrison. Oscar passed away in 1974. Olga kept busy with her grandchildren, flower beds, and sewing quilts for family and the church. She loved visiting and playing cards. Olga was notorious for her method of putting together puzzles any piece would fit if you hit it hard enough! She remained living independently in Garrison until the age of 90, when she moved to Dickinson with her daughter. At the age of 92, she entered Elm Crest Manor in New Salem, where she spent six years.
Olga is survived by: her daughter, Wanda, Dickinson; son, Kenneth (Donna), of Sandy, Utah; daughter-in-law, Teresa Rodahl, Gwinner; sister-in-law and special friend, Lillian Rodahl, Hazen; 12 grandchildren, Susie Dudley, Bryan (Irene) Rodahl, Mark (Dalia) Rodahl, Dean (Allyson) Rodahl, Scott (May) Rodahl, Roy Rodahl, Dawn (Rick) Gaden, Tammy (Greg) Parisien, Colleen Kubler (Barry Walton), Collette (Brian) Gartner, Tina (Robert) Grade, and Wendy Torno (Doug Harrington); 19 great-grandchildren, Kenny Dudley, Candice (Bryan) Hadzik, Brandon and Joanna Rodahl, Jacob and Nathan Rodahl, April, Autumn, and Lily Gaden, Misty (Jeremy) Mahany, Lindsay (Darin) Johannes, Abbi Parisien, Rebecca, Cooper, and Amanda Kubler, Sydni Gartner, Matthew and Mitchell Grade, and Keira Harrington; eight great-great-grandchildren, Dexter, Zoey, Grayson, Caleb, Jaeger, Breslynn, Emmet, and Jordan; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar; daughter, Loretta; son, Wayne; son-in-law, Marv Torno; grandson-in-law, Rodney Kubler; and great-grandson, Devin Kubler; brothers, Lars, Axel, John and Benny; sisters, Selma, Lenny and Agnes; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)