Virginia A. Olsen, 80, of Fort Dodge and formerly of Vincent passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heart Church, with Rev. Michael Amadeo officiating. Burial will follow Newark Township Cemetery. A visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 PMWednesday at the funeral home. Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home is serving the family.
Virginia is survived by her children, Rev. Kevin (Jan) Olsenof Strasburg, CO; Thomas (Cindy) Olsen of Roseville, CA; Nancy Breen (Matt) of Ankeny; Robert (Nancy) Olsen of West Des Moines; grandchildren, Lindsey Dacey (Brandon) of Johnston; Michael Olson of Ankeny; Joshua (Katie) Olsen of Fort Collins, CO; Derek (Lexi) Olsen of Berthoud, CO; Tyler Olsen of West Des Moines; and Erika Olsen Temecula, CA; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosemary Sampson and Barbara Ertl both of Fort Dodge; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Gretchen Berry; husband, Leonard; sisters, JoAnn Ivory; Louise Freis; and brother, Jerry Berry.
Virginia A. Berry was born September 18, 1932 in Duncombe. She was raised and educated in Duncombe. In 1951, Virginia was united in marriage to Leonard Olsen in Ozark, AL. In 1952, the couple established their home in Vincent. In 1966, the couple established Olsen Plumbing, Trenching, and Well Repair. Virginia was a loving homemaker and the couple operated the business until 1986. After Leonard passed away in 1995, Virginia moved to Fort Dodge in 1998. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
Virginia loved shopping, especially with her sisters. On Tuesday nights she could be found down at Lefti's enjoying a meal and laughs with friends. However, spending time with grandchildren at sporting events, visits to Des Moines, or even chats on the phone were the most important times to Virginia.
Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.