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Sandra ‘Elf’ Olson -- Rochester

November 13, 2018

Sandra “Sandy/Elf” Jean (Supalla) Olson, age 60, was one of the kindest, most caring people you could ever have the privilege to cross paths with. She put the needs of others before herself and was always there with a helping hand, a loaf of banana bread or a crockpot of pulled pork. Maybe you were blessed with a hug, a bracelet or button bouquet that she shared with many. Her beautiful smile will be remembered by all.

She joined her Savior and Lord in Heaven on Wednesday, Nov. 7, following a courageous battle with liver cancer. She passed away at home in Pete’s arms.

She was blessed with a 38-year marriage to William (Pete) Sanford Olson. Pete was with her throughout this entire journey. Her extended family is forever grateful to Pete and the infinite love and care he displayed. Sandy and Pete are blessed with a son, William Michael (Billy), who makes his home in Eugene, Ore.

Sandy was born in 1958 to Robert and Betty Supalla and into a family blessed with six siblings. Sandy’s siblings include: Bonnie (Tim) Tarara of Pine Island, Randy (Laurie) Supalla of Stewartville, Don (Stephanie) Supalla, Judy (Craig) Dokken, and Nancy (Jerry) Nelson, all of Rochester. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Jane (Joe) Mulvihill; and her furry friends. Sandy was loved by all, including the special friends from working more than 40 years at Mayo Clinic Respiratory Therapy, childhood friends, and others that provided an abundance of delicious meals, brought flowers, or spent time with her. She was blessed with loving cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Sandy’s Life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave NW, Rochester, with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served following the service. There is construction near the church so entrance is required from 55th Street from the north.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family. A special thank you to the Mayo Clinic Hospice team for their care and support.

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