It is with great love and deep sorrow that the family of Marion Patricia Olsen and Leonard Bernard Olsen announce their passing due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 at the ages of 88 and 93, respectively. Marion and Leonard’s memory will be cherished by their children Bernard Olsen, Patricia Zilinski (Randy), Judy Olsen, and Holly Olsen-Leaf (Scott); grandchildren Greg, Katie, Christina, Logan, Jenna, Melissa, Thomas, and Celia; great-grandchildren Cohen, Isla, and Lincoln. Marion and Leonard are pre-deceased by their parents, Arthur and Erella Johnson, and Christ and Elvira Olsen; their loving daughter-in-law Jane Olsen, and their grandson Wesley Zilinski.
Marion was born on December 27th, 1932 in the town of Drumheller to Arthur and Erella Johnson. Leonard was born on February 3rd, 1927 in the town of Morrin to Christ and Elvira Olsen. Marion and Leonard were married on October 23rd, 1954 in the Morrin Lutheran Church. They built a wonderful life together living on their farm in Morrin and later moved to Calgary in 1974. Marion had many talents and could almost always be found baking or sewing. She loved her children and grandchildren dearly and would do anything she could to make them smile. Marion was a homemaker and created a loving home for her children and grandchildren to grow up in. Leonard was an avid sports fan, a skilled farmer, and was such a proud dad and papa. He had an admirable work ethic, not retiring until he was 83. Leonard continued to work on the farm even when he was employed by Motion Canada. One of his proudest achievements was when he was celebrated as the longest serving employee in the company’s history. Together, Marion and Leonard spent their years traveling around the world, taking weekend trips to the farm, and spoiling their grandchildren.
Marion and Leonard will be deeply missed by all. We thank the staff at St. Marguerite Manor for their care of Marion and Leonard in their final years. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes can be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary. Photos, memories, and condolences can be shared through Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in Drumheller.