COAL VALLEY — Gertrude Martha Dean Olson, 84, of Coal Valley passed away peacefully Thursday, July 25, 2013. She was born to the late John Dean and Stella Dziedzina Dean on May 31, 1929.
Gertrude — known as Gert, Trudy, Mima, Grandma — was born in Lackawanna, N.Y., the youngest of seven. She attended school in New York until her last years of high school when she moved to Chicago. She was a graduate of Parker High School in 1948. She then attended St. Bernard’s School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1954. Her expertise in premature infant care led to a successful career at Cook County Hospital.
On Nov. 7, 1959, she married Paul N. Olson of Buda and turned her care-taking proficiencies toward the care and welfare of a new family. Paul “Skip” N. Olson Jr. (deceased on Aug. 1, 1995) and Kristene J. (Olson) Christensen were blessed to be their children.