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Irene L. Olawsky, 84

Jul 19, 2010

Irene Olawsky

Blue Earth — Irene L. Olawsky, age 84, of Blue Earth, died July 11, 2010, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth.

Memorial Services were held at 11 a.m. on July 17, 2010, at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Blue Earth. Interment will be at a later date in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, in Armour, S.D. Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service assisted the family with the arrangements.

Irene was born on Oct. 9, 1925, in Armour, the daughter of Charles and Louisa (Hill) Crutchett. After graduating valedictorian from Armour High School in 1943, she attended and graduated from nurse’s training at Methodist Hospital, in Mitchell, S.D. On June 8, 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, Gilbert Olawsky, enjoying 63 years of wedded bliss. For three years she worked as a nurse at the Methodist Hospital and was in charge of the 3rd floor. When her children were in school, she worked as a head-start nurse for several years. A few years later, she took great pleasure working with the college students at Dakota Wesleyan University, in Mitchell, as the campus nurse. Her family thoroughly enjoyed motorcycling (Irene drove her own) and camping together. Playing flute in the Mitchell orchestra, teaching Sunday school, and being active in PEO and First Lutheran circle were other activities she also enjoyed. Gilbert and Irene lived in Mitchell from 1947 until 1978 when he was transferred by Hormel to Blue Earth. PEO was very dear to her heart, being an active member since 1944 and founder of both the Mitchell and Blue Earth chapters. In her retirement years, one of her greatest passions was genealogy as she traced her family’s roots to a time before their immigration to this country.

Irene is survived by her husband, Gilbert Olawsky, of Blue Earth; her sons, Douglas (Suzanne) Olawsky, of Webster, S.D., and Ralph (Sue) Olawsky, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter, Peggy (Jim) Jackson, of Bellefonte, Pa.; six grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents.