THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Brenda L. Oleson
Brenda L. (Postel) Oleson, 76, of Goodman, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Dickinson County Healthcare System in Iron Mountain, Mi. with family by her side.
Born Aug. 3, 1940 in Dubuque, Ia., to the late Reo and June (Dieterich) Postel, she was raised there and attended St. Columbkilles Catholic School in Dubuque. She married Gary R. Oleson Sr. in Dubuque and he preceded her in death in 2006. They had lived in Dubuque, Prairie Du Chien, Appleton, De Pere, Beecher and in 1994 moved to Goodman.
She worked in respite care for many years and later as house parents at a foster group home in Appleton. Through the years, she fostered over 44 children, adopted 10 special needs children who grew up to be adults and was a caregiver to many children. A gifted and avid artist, she enjoyed oil painting and sketching.
She is survived by two sons, Gary R. (Becky) Oleson Jr. and Jeremy Oleson; two daughters, Jennifer Oleson and Bonnie McDonald, all of Goodman; a brother, Bruce (Vicki) Postel, Arizona; a sister, Rebecca "Becky" McDonald, Dubuque; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a first great-great-grandchild due in October; a special cousin, Sandee and an uncle, Paul "Fr. Paul" McDonald.
In addition to her parents and husband, Gary, she was preceded in death by six sons, Larry, Chad, Brian, Chris, Jeff and Brian and a brother, Brent Postel.
Family and Friends will gather at the family home in Goodman on Thursday, Aug. 3 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Donations can be made to Gary or Becky Oleson and family in her memory. Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain is assisting the family.