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Joan L. Olson Jan. 15, 1953 - April 30, 2009

WILLMAR -- Joan Lucas Olson, 56, of Willmar died Thursday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and for one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials are preferred.

She was born Jan. 15, 1953, in Little Falls to Anton and Kathleen (Bokinskie) Lucas. She grew up in Long Prairie where she attended St. Mary's Catholic School through the 6th grade and graduated from Long Prairie High School in 1971. She attended Willmar Community College and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in social work.

She married Robin Olson on June 18, 1977, in Willmar. They lived in Minneapolis and she worked for Donaldsons, starting as a salesperson and eventually becoming a buyer and an assistant store manager. They moved to Willmar in 1988 to join Robin's father, Ralph, at Peterson Shoes. They purchased the business in 1998.

She is survived by her husband; siblings: Barbara (and Richard) Schweiger of Andover, Steve (and Karen) Lucas of Apple Valley, Connie (and Tom) Botz of Delano, Toni Kay (and Barry) Borgeson of Andover and Paul Lucas of Tucson, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her parents.