Janis Olson

November 28, 2023

Janis Mae (Lupke) Olson, 83, of Truman, passed away on Friday Nov. 17, 2023, at Truman Senior Living. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Truman with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at La Salle Cemetery for family only. A live stream of the service will be available on www.zahariafamilyfuneral.com.

Janis was born on April 4, 1940, in Butterfield to Gustav and Edna (Mausling) Lupke and was baptized in St. Matthew’s Church in Butterfield. Janis and her seven siblings moved to the family farm in South Branch in 1943. She attended eight years of school at St. John’s Lutheran School in South Branch before attending and graduating from Truman High School. Janis worked at Stokeley’s and saved enough money to attend De Lyles Academy of Beauty School, completing the program in 1959. Janis married Harold “Bud” Olson in Brookings, S.D., on Jan. 30, 1965. Janis lived in Madelia and St. James before moving to Truman in 1972. In St. James, Janis worked at the Scher-Tumico plant. Janis then worked 35 dedicated years in the beauty shop at the Lutheran Rest Home in Truman. She also was a den mother and taught Sunday school. Janis also belonged to a birthday club and was a member of the Red Hatters.

Janis’ most cherished times were spent with her two sons and their families. She always had a smile on her face.

Left to cherish her memory are son, James (Joni) Olson of Minnetonka; granddaughters, Jenna Ahlschlager (Andy) and Jaclyn Martineau (Hunter); great-grandsons, Arthur James Ahlschlager and Axel James Martineau; son, Todd Olson; grandchildren, Emma and Maxwell Olson of Queen Creek, Ariz.; siblings, Lyle (Sonja), Carmen Angus (Alyn), Arlys Hoffmeyer, Cheryl Otte and Deborah Hotzler.

She is preceded in death by husband, Harold “Bud” Olson; parents, Gus and Edna; and two brothers, Jerald and Darrel.