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Obituary for LaNelle Olsen

LaNelle Olsen, campaigner for peace and social justice, passed away March 6, 2019, at Three Links Care Center at the age of 89. Those who knew LaNelle admired her energy, humor and positive outlook on life. Born and raised in Texas, and a Northfield resident since 1962, LaNelle served on the Northfield City Council and the Planning Commission. She was a board member of the Community Action Center of Northfield, the Northfield Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Committee, and the Mill Towns State Trail. She was active in the creation and activities of the Northfield League of Women Voters, […]

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LaNelle Olsen, campaigner for peace and social justice, passed away March 6, 2019, at Three Links Care Center at the age of 89. Those who knew LaNelle admired her energy, humor and positive outlook on life.

Born and raised in Texas, and a Northfield resident since 1962, LaNelle served on the Northfield City Council and the Planning Commission. She was a board member of the Community Action Center of Northfield, the Northfield Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth Committee, and the Mill Towns State Trail. She was active in the creation and activities of the Northfield League of Women Voters, and was a founding member of the Northfield Human Rights Commission. She helped begin the Saturday peace vigils on Bridge Square. She worked in the development offices of both Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges.

Along with her husband Ken, who passed away June 28, 1986, LaNelle was an early organizer of Quaker meeting in Northfield, which often met in their home on Manitou St.

She is survived by her daughter Kirsten Olsen of Portland, OR; two sons, Andy of Northfield and Peter of Arlington, VA; and three grandsons, Roy, Dempsey and James.

Meeting for worship in her memory will be held Monday, March 11, at 2 pm, at Cannon Valley Friends Meeting, 512 Washington St., Northfield. Contributions in her name to the Meetinghouse would be welcomed. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home and Crematory. biermanfuneralhome.com.

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2:00 PM - March 11, 2019

Cannon Valley Friends Meeting
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