Catherine L. Olson, 68, of Chandler, AZ formerly of Rochester, MN died February 21, 2018 at her residence in Chandler.
Catherine Lynn Tighe was born August 13, 1949 to John and H. Jean (Wildman) Tighe in Sioux City, IA. Catherine was raised in Nebraska until her family moved to a farm near Zumbro Falls in 1958. She attended St. John's Catholic grade school in Rochester and 1 year at Lourdes. She graduated from Lake City High School in 1967. In 1970 she completed the Saint Marys LPN program and became a RN in 1994. On August 20, 1988 she married Dan Olson. She worked at the Mayo Clinic until retiring in 2010. After retirement she worked for the Rochester Public Schools from 2010-2014 helping with Early Childhood Screening. Catherine enjoyed hiking, traveling and flower gardening and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren that she deeply adored.
She is survived by her husband, Dan of Chandler, AZ; four children, Jeremy (Jamie) Olson of Rochester, MN, Rebecca (Alan) Ihde of Oronoco, MN, Amy (Eric) Kinneman of Phoenix, AZ and Angela (Kevin) Manahan of Rochester, MN; her mother, H. Jean Tighe of Hastings, MN; nine grandchildren, Jacob, Breanna, Zackery, Addisyn, Ryder, Lillie, Joseph, Regan and Myles; two brothers, Mike Tighe of Zumbro Falls, MN and Tom Tighe of Minneapolis, MN; and two sisters, Patti (Mark) Sontag of Altoona, WI and Janice Meyer of Eagan, MN. She was preceded in death by her father, John in 1991; and a grandson, Ethan.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.
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I met Cathy in Family Medicine.
She was very kind and made me feel welcome. I had always worked at the hospitals and primary care was a brand new experience for me. With her kindness and help soon I felt like I belonged there.
Dan my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. She will truly be missed.
Sorry to hear of your loss. Cathy and I were friends when we attended Lourdes. I remember the LONG driveway on their farm picking her up to go on a date. Went to the Red Wing outdoor theater. Nice lady with a big smile. James Podein
Where to begin - we all go back along way! Amy being a very good friend of my daughter's, to Cathy and I working together in Family Medicine.
We shared many good times together and our plan was to get together when we were both back in MN - well, there wasn't enough time.
Amy, Dan, Becky my heart aches for you all and the void that will be left now that your wife, friend, mother is no longer with you.
Sorry that I can't be there for you, but know that I'm there in thoughts and through prayer.
Amy & Eric-We are so very sorry to hear of your incredible loss. Your Mom was so very kind and easy to be around. It was so much joy to site with her on your patio and visit when she was visiting from MN. May God carry you during this time. Sending you love and breath to make it through together.
I had the pleasure of knowing Cathy through her daughter Amy. It was only in the past couple of years with Cathy spending more time in AZ, that I learned what a wonderful person she was. She had so many amazing qualities, but her selflessness towards her family and friends shined bright. A trait she shares with her daughter Amy. She will be deeply missed. I wish I could be at the celebration with you, but since I can't, you'll be in my thoughts. With heartfelt condolences, Copper.
Mike and family we are so sad to hear of your sisters passing, may peace be with you all through this difficult time, she was a beautiful lady and from what you shared with Bill and I was a trooper to the very end. We can do all through thing through Christ "Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" Our condolences to you all. Jan & Bill Heins
I just heard about Cathy ! I am so deeply sad for you Dan and your family. I shared great times with her over the years working together. You have my deepest sympathy Kathy Klein
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