BLUE EARTH – Funeral services for Olive Samdal, 100, of Blue Earth, formerly of Frost, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at Bricelyn Lutheran Church, Bricelyn, with Pastor Nancy Dreier, officiating. Interment will be in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery, Seely Township, Faribault Co., Minn.
Olive died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn, Minn., and will continue one hour prior to services Monday at the church. To leave online condolences, please go to www.brussheitner.com
Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home of Bricelyn is in charge of arrangements.
Olive was born Nov. 25, 1912, in Newark, Ill., the daughter of Gunnar and Olive (Olson) Larson. Her mother died Dec. 14, 1912. She was baptized by her mother’s bed and given her mother’s name. She and her brother Leslie were raised by their grandparents. At age 3, they moved to Frost, Minn. She was confirmed in Rake, Iowa, in 1926. She attended country school for eight years. She helped her grandparents on the farm until 1936, at which time the farm was sold. Olive worked in the field using horses, and helped milk the cows by hand. On June 13, 1937, Olive married Hans Samdal in Rake, Iowa. They had one son, Roger. In the early 1940s, they moved to Bricelyn and worked on several farms before moving into Bricelyn. She worked at Gestie’s Caf and Wolf’s store for several years. In 1951, the family moved to a farm near Frost. Around 1959, they bought Frost Produce and ran it until Hans died. Olive worked at the Blue Earth Hospital and St. Luke’s until retiring when she was 70. Even after retirement, she would on occasion assist with the care of people needing short-term care. This gave her a tremendous amount of joy. She would later move into New Life Manor and would continue to do volunteer work until her last days. She was the historian for St. Luke’s Auxiliary for the past 16 years until her death.
Olive is survived by her son, Roger (Wanda) Samdal of Windom, Minn.; four grandchildren, Terry (Lisa Nye) Samdal of North Las Vegas, Nev., Bradley (Karin) of Windom, Minn., Vicki (Brian) Tait of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Julie (Michael) Newkirk of Sioux Falls, S.D.; nine great-grandchildren, Lexy (Jordan) VanWesten, Lacey, Jacob, Emily, Joshua, and Matthew Samdal, Maura and Holly Tait, and Javon Newkirk.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hans; and brother, Leslie.