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Arleane H. Olson: 1928-2017


LELAND — Arleane Harriet Olson, 89, of Leland, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Iron Wood Estates in Sandwich.

She was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Earlville, the daughter of Andrew and Hilma (Torkilson) Aurbeck. She married Robert E. Olson on April 6, 1946, in Leland.

Arleane grew up in Leland, where she met Berline Ohme, who would become a lifelong friend. As teenagers, the adventurous pair graduated from Selans Beauty School in Chicago and then returned to Leland to open a beauty shop for a short time. After getting married, Arleane and Robert farmed briefly in Waterman, eventually settling in 1959 in Leland on the farm, where they would raise their four beautiful daughters.

Arleane was a homemaker and a talented baker. Her home was never absent of delicious cookies or pie and she had a special knack for hospitality. You always left feeling well cared for and with a few treats in tow. She took pride in her flowers and enjoyed working outdoors, mowing the lawn and helping out around the farm.

Arleane was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland, where she served as treasurer on the council for four years. She also kept the books for Carlson Oil in Leland.

In 2013, she moved to Iron Wood Estates in Sandwich, where she enjoyed activities with her lady friends and visits with her family — continuing to welcome everyone with a smile and offering a treat or two. Arleane’s family is comforted in knowing that all four of her daughters were with her during her final days and that she is now at peace.

Arleane is survived by her four children, Linda (Rick) Madsen, of Marietta, Ga., Brenda (Karl) Elder, of Howards Grove, Wis., Jackie (Tom) Harmon, of Somonauk, and Barb (Richard, deceased) Angelo, of Woodridge; six grandchildren, Andrea (Will) Madsen, Alyssa (Kelly) Kirkendoll, Amy (Jay) Wiegman, Seth (Nancy) Elder, Zach (Amber) Harmon and Wade (Kate) Elder; nine great-grandchildren, Caden, Rylan, Ellie, Owen, Spencer, Gus, Wyatt, Bodee and Arly (her namesake); two sisters-in-law, Norma Jean (Ray, deceased) Aurbeck and Kay (Alvin, deceased) Aurbeck; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hilma; her father, Andrew; her husband, Robert; and her siblings, Glen, Ray, Ralph, Alvin, John, Everett, Mildred, Norma, Betty and Alverta.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 235 E. Lundy Lane, Leland, with Pastor Zach Baer officiating. Burial will follow in Leland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church in Leland or Iron Wood Estates in Sandwich.
For more information or to sign the online guest book, go

Turner-Eighner Funeral Home
13160 W. U.S. 34, Somonauk, IL 60552

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