Gail E. Olsen
June 3, 1944 – January 15, 2019
Preceded in death by parents, Richard and Dorthea Sullivan; brother, Richard; sisters, Donna Brown and Mary Kay Baar. Survived by husband, Leonard; children, Stephen Olsen (Denise), Lori Schulz (Lance), and Robert Olsen (Jill); nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Patricia Gatewood (Michael); nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Friday, January 18th, from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel. FUNERAL: Saturday, January 19th at 10am, West Center Chapel. Interment: Westlawn. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Gail Olsen was born on June 3, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska and passed from death into life on January 15, 2019. She leaves her husband of 55 years, Leonard, and three children: son, Steve Olsen (Denise) of Lyons, CO and their children Becca Wallace (Jeff) of Northglenn, CO, Josh Olsen (Johanna) of Broken Arrow, OK and Emily Olsen of Blair, NE; daughter, Lori Schulz (Lance) and their children Sarah Stanbery (Zach) of Fort Hood, TX, Nathan Schulz (Becca) of Bolivar, MO and Ben Schulz of Omaha; son, Rob Olsen (Jill) and their children Jacob, Grant, and Ashley, all of Omaha. Gail also leaves her six great-grandchildren; Jacob and Grady Wallace, Maddie and Emma Stanbery, Ava and Annie Olsen.
Gail cherished the time with her grandchildren and would make each visit special. She loved to play board games with them, but tea parties where her special thing to do with them, complete with costumes and lady hats for the girls. Gail had several friends in the Christian Circles in which she was involved, but always gave her children and grandchildren priority.
Gail enjoyed teaching little children. She waited until her own children were grown before getting her teaching degree from UNO. She taught first and second graders and loved her job. She taught in Christian schools so she could share her love for Jesus. She loved it when children she had taught would come up to her and give her a big hug even several years later.
Gail was a planner and organizer, so you can imagine the family vacations. She always had everything planned so the whole family could enjoy their time together. Her children and grandchildren always talk about the many good memories they have of Grandma and how she made everything fun.
Gail loved reading her Bible, and journaling was important to her until here illness would not allow her to continue. Her last journal was dated March 28, 2013, from the Book of Daniel, chapter 7: “The greatest kingdom under heaven—everlasting.”