Olsen, Karen A. Our hearts are heavy as we announce the passing of Karen A.Olsen (age 81) on Friday, January 21, 2022. She graduated in 1958 from Elcho High School and earned a Bachelor in Psychology at University of WI in Milwaukee. Then earned a Masters in Industrial Psychology from University of MN. Ms Olsen began her profession in 1963 at General Mills in the Personnel Dept. Later, she was a Principle consultant and Partner of Labor Relation Associates. She was considered an early female leader in Industrial Relations in MN and related professional organizations. For those who knew her personally, she was known for her love of nature, animals, music, friends, and family. She would enjoy mushroom hunting or walks in the woods. Her floral gardens were beautiful, admired, and grand. Preceded in death were her parents, Frieda Schoeneck Olsen and Edward Olsen, loving aunts, uncles and cousins, and adored cats - Chessie and Dina who was named after paternal grandmother. Survived by her sister - DeeAnn Olsen, "little sis" and dear friend - Lisa (Ron) Kottke, and many dear cousins, and devoted friends. Funeral services will be on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 12pm starting with visitation at 11am at Washburn McReavy Hillside Chapel (2610 19th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418) followed with a lunch. It is with deep gratitude and thanks to the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who provided such comfort to her at Methodist Hospital. Also we want to recognize the compassion shown by the many caregivers and staff at the Waters of Eden Prairie. Memorials may be sent on her behalf to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 610 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413.

Published on January 24, 2022