Madge D. Olson

Feb 10, 2024

Madge D. Olson of Spirit Lake and Dolliver, age 99, peacefully passed away on February 10, 2024, at Accura Healthcare of Milford.
She was a devoted wife, loving mother, dedicated teacher, passionate gardener, and cherished friend and neighbor.  Her needlework is still appreciated by her extended family.   
Madge D. Dahms was born to Royal and Mae Dahms near Browntown, Wisconsin on July 22, 1924. There she became a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse for grades 1-8. She married Ronald Clifford Olson in 1951, and they set up a household in Estherville, Iowa, and then moved to the Olson farm near Dolliver, Iowa, in 1956.  After her children were in school, Madge continued her teaching career at Lincoln Central Dolliver/Gruver for many years. In 1997, she and Ron moved to the West Okoboji Lake Harbor where she resided until 2023.
Madge is survived by her sons, Mark (Jeanne) Olson of Rochester, MN, Kurt (Melba) Olson of Ames, IA, and her daughter, Cathy (Roger) Thornburg of Estherville, IA. She leaves behind a legacy cherished by seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, her brother Dean Dahms of Maryland, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Ronald in 2018, two brothers, Frederick and Rex Dahms, and sister-in-law, Velma Olney Stewart Simon.
A celebration of Madge’s life and burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Robinson Funeral in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be left a