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Margaret Rasmussen Olson

Olson, Margaret "Peg" (Rasmussen) Mar 23, 1948 - Nov 7, 2018 Rev. Margaret (Rasmussen) Olson died on Nov. 7, 2018 at the Maple Crest Care Center in Omaha. Margaret was born on March 23, 1948 to Irwin and Renelda Rasmussen of Haverford, PA. Margaret graduated from Haverford Senior High School. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor's degree in music. She earned her master's degree in special education at Northern Michigan University. She taught music and special education and was an accomplished violinist and played the cello. In 1972 she married Chuck Achterhof; they divorced later. Margaret received a call from her Lord and Savior and attended Gettysburg Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity. She was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on June 6, 1987. Her first call was to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Elkins, WV. Her other calls were: St. Peter, Minnewauken/Calvary, Oberon, ND; Maria, Hershey/Grace, Sutherland, NE; Good Shepherd Lutheran, Philadelphia, PA; and St. Mark's Lutheran, Pender, NE. Margaret went on disability in 2009 after being treated for leukemia and receiving a bone marrow transplant. She retired in 2014. She served as Co-Interim Pastor at Superior, NE until Dec. 31, 2015. On May 1, 1988 Margaret married Rev. Donald Olson in Elkins, WV. Donald passed away in November of 2015. Margaret's last 2-1/2 years where difficult as she was diagnosed with dementia, along with having diabetes and an auto immune disease resulting from the anti-rejection drugs she had to take because of the transplant she received. Margaret had been residing at the Maple Crest Care Center in Omaha, where she received wonderful care and made a lot of friends with the staff until her death. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Mark Allen Achterhof; her husband, Rev. Donald Olson; brothers, Warren and Martin; and sister, Karen. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Shawn Achterhof; one niece and three nephews; cousins; brother-in-law, Rev. Richard Olson; and many friends and former parishioners. SERVICES: Tuesday, Nov. 13th at 10am at Bethel Lutheran Church, 1312 S. 45th St. Interment, Salem Lutheran Cemetery in Superior, NE. Memorials to the Shawn Achterhof Trust. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK-CUTLER WEST CENTER CHAPEL 7805 W. Center Rd. 402-391-3900

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03/24/19 04:57 PM #1    

Helen Lipson

Margaret was one of my closest friends at Haverford. While we were in the same violin section  in junior high, I  think we really got to know each other in home-ec, and standing in line to shoot basketballs in phys ed.  (We tended to stay at the back of that line as much as possible, and let the real atheetes in the class, like Sue Mahan, take more turns).  I can also remember Margaret trying to teach me to drive stick,  which resulted in her VW Beetle bouncing backwards up the hill on Ridgeway Road!.

We tost touch in the 1970s, but through the miracle of the Internet, found each other again about 15 years ago, and had a lively correspondence for several years.  In addition to her own health problems, I know the loss of her husband Don hit her very hard.  Always kind, gentle, and  sympathetic, I'm sure she made a wonderful minister. 

Condolence cards, I just leanred,, can be sent to ""Margaret Rasmussen Olson's Family' in care of the funeral home, at the address listed in the obit. 

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