Phyllis Olsen

STAMBAUGH TOWNSHIP – Phyllis A. Olsen, 79, of Stambaugh Township, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Northstar Health System in Iron River.

She was born Feb. 27, 1934, in Gaastra, daughter of the late Stanley and Agnes (Niklas) Nowicki. She attended Stambaugh Schools, graduating from Stambaugh High School with the Class of 1952.

Phyllis married William Olsen on Oct. 10, 1953, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The couple owned and operated a beef farm in Stambaugh Township. William passed away May 6, 1997. Phyllis continued maintaining the farm with her grandson, Colton Pangrazzi.

She was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Caspian, St. Anne’s Society, the Iron County Fair Board, the FSA Board, and a 4-H member. She holds a special place in many people’s hearts.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Eugene (Michele) Olsen of Pound, Wis.; daughter, Cathy (Dan) Pangrazzi of Caspian; grandson, Colton Pangrazzi of Caspian; sister, Helen Christofferson of Payson, Ariz.; and nieces, nephews and extended family.

In addition to her parents and her husband, William, Phyllis was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank and John Nowicki; sister, Rosalie Muto; and very special friend, Chester Kudwa.

Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Caspian with Rev. Gregory Veneklase, pastor, to offer the Mass of Christian Burial. The ladies of St. Anne’s Society will form an honor guard at the service.

Interment will be in Stambaugh Cemetery.

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Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.