THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Kathleen B. Olson
Kathleen Beth (White) Olson, 82, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9.
Born June 16, 1932 to Herbert Edgar and Laura Susan (Snyder) White in Orofino, Id., she was raised in Weippe, Id. and lost her mother at a young age.
When she was 16 years old she met the love of her life, John Andrew Olson, of Gillett. He was recruited to help deliver a saw mill to Weippe Id., and while there, he was called to assist in putting out a house fire. She was nearby watching the the fire and the couple wrote to each other for several years and never forgot the fire that was kindled in their first meeting.
She finished High School and he enlisted in World War II. She then attended nursing school in Walla Walla, Wa. and he returned to the northwest to reunite with her. The couple was married April 14, 1952 on Easter and they left for Wisconsin that day to begin a new life together.
They raised two children on a farm near Underhill and she continued her nursing career as an LPN for the Oconto Falls Hospital and Dr. Klutzow, of Gillett. She left her career to become a fulltime mother and wife for the remainder of her life. She enjoyed nurturing her family, pets and plants, genealogy, collecting antiques, and homemaking.
She is survived by her husband, John, of Gillett; a son Stephen and a daughter, Laurel, both of Appleton; a step-granddaughter; a niece; many friends and extended family members.
Visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m., at Tabor United Methodist Church in Gillett. Pastor Gerhardt officiated with interment in Wanderers Rest Cemetery. Kuehl Funeral Home of Gillett assisted the family with arrangements.