Florence Olsen

Florence M. Olsen, 83, of Waukon, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 16 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon with Rev. Lynn Groe officiating. Open casket viewing will be available an hour prior to service. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lansing. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Florence Mae Olsen was born May 8, 1931 in Lansing, the daughter of Samuel Peter and Lilian Mae (Tippery) Weipert. She was baptized  May 24, 1931 at Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing. When she was little, her family moved to Sauk City, WI. They later returned to the Lansing area and Florence attended Lansing High School, where she was a varsity basketball player. She later completed her high school education. When her mother got sick, Florence took charge of taking care of her siblings and became a second mother to them. In 1951, Florence married Wayne C. Snitker at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lansing. She had a variety of jobs including working in the dietary department at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, babysitting the neighbors' children, and working at Northern Engraving in Waukon. April 10, 1970 Florence married Alfred Olsen in Caledonia, MN.
She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, where she participated in many activities. She belonged to Mary’s Circle, did quilting at the church, and also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. She loved to play tennis, euchre, and other card games with family and friends. She and Alfred liked to travel locally to visit family. One special anniversary trip was spent in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry and she cherished her cross country trip to visit her sister, Rosemary, in Thousand Oaks, CA. Playing bingo and gardening were also some favorite pastimes. Florence will be remembered as a generous and loving person who was very family focused, her door was always open, and friends and family knew they were especially welcome to stop by any Sunday for a big dinner she would have ready, just in case of company.
Florence is survived by her husband, Alfred, of Waukon; her three children, Constance Susan Snitker of Waterloo,  Wayne Steven (Hui Suk) Snitker of Clarksville, TN and Carrie Mae (Martin) Stilwell of Palatine, IL; six grandchildren, John Louis and Linda Sue Snitker, Jason Allan Snitker and Rachel Elizabeth, Philip Daniel and John Ryan Bush; her sister, Rosemary Dill of Thousand Oaks, CA; her stepbrothers, William, Dale and Raymond Wlochal; her stepsisters, Martha Wlochal and Anna Lanka, all of Dubuque; her uncle, Raymond Tippery of Prairie du Chien, WI; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Lilian; her stepmother, Myrtle; her first husband, Wayne C. Snitker; siblings Clarabelle (in infancy), Richard, Robert, John, and Thomas Weipart, Gladys Decker, and Samuel Weipert; and stepbrother E,dward Wlochal.
Honorary casketbearers are Raymond Tippery and Dale Wlochal. Casketbearers are John Ryan Bush, Philip Daniel Bush, Kevin Johnson, Leroy Olsen, Wayne Steven Snitker and Robert Weipert, Jr.
Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.