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Audrey M. Ollila
January 25, 1935 ~ July 24, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Audrey Mae Ollila, a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2023, in Virginia, MN. Born on January 25, 1935, in Fayal, MN, Audrey lived a life full of love, dedication, and creativity, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire her family and friends.
Audrey was a proud graduate of Eveleth, MN, in 1953, and shortly after, she married the love of her life, Dave Ollila, in Cook on June 22, 1953. Together, they built a beautiful family, raising six children with love and devotion. Audrey was a working homemaker, a role she embraced with grace and resilience. Her dedication to her family was evident in everything she did, from raising her children to creating a warm and welcoming home.
In addition to her role as a homemaker, Audrey also worked at the ElRoy Supper Club and Voyagers Resort. Her work ethic and dedication were admired by all who knew her. Despite her busy schedule, Audrey always found time to pursue her interests and hobbies. She had a passion for embroidery, creating many beautiful pieces over the years. Her handmade blankets, lovingly crafted for each of her grandchildren, will continue to provide warmth and comfort, serving as a testament to her love and care.
Audrey also had a love for baking, especially during the Christmas season. Her delicious treats were a highlight of the holiday season, eagerly anticipated by family and friends. She also enjoyed driving around with her husband, looking for firewood. These simple pleasures brought her immense joy and created lasting memories for her loved ones.
Audrey is survived by her five children, Dave (Kimberly) Ollila, Robert (Sue) Ollila, Katherine (Kevin) Sandnas, June Ellen (David) Turner, and Cindy (Robert) Olson. She was a proud grandmother to nine grandchildren, Paul Ollila, Dave Ollila, Joni Ollila, Jennifer Ollila, Crystal Linn, Courtney Sandnas, Lynda Freitager, Brenda Olson, and a great-grandmother to 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her two sisters, Karen Severson, Doloris Niemi; her brother Donald (Maureen) Jacobson; and her special niece Deb Niemi.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Dave Ollila, her son William "Willie" Ollila, and her grandchildren Zebulan John Ollila, Chad David Sandnas, and Bobbi Jo Ollila. Their memories will continue to live on in the hearts of those who loved them.
Audrey Mae Ollila will be remembered for her unwavering love for her family, her dedication to her work, and her passion for her hobbies. Her life was a testament to the power of love, resilience, and creativity. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her, but her legacy will continue to inspire and guide her loved ones. Audrey's life was a beautiful journey, filled with love, laughter, and countless memories that will be cherished forever.
A funeral service will be held Friday, July 28, 2023 at the Range Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia, Minn. at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Lunch will be held at the fellowship hall next door.