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Esther Pearl Heglund Olson
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Esther Pearl Heglund Olson, 91, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Ivy Hall Assisted Living in Alpharetta.

Pearl was born June 16, 1921, in Winnebago, Minn. She was raised as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Heglund in Kasota, Minn. After being graduated from Kasota High School in 1939, she briefly worked for Dr. Covell at the hospital in St. Peter, Minn. On Sept. 24, 1939, she married Clair Olson, originally from New Sweden, Minn. The couple initially lived in St. Peter, where their only child, Gary, was born in 1940, and Clair began a lifelong career with the J.C. Penney Co. After World War II, the family followed Clair’s career with J.C. Penney Co., which took them to many homes, including: St. Cloud, Minn., Pipestone, Minn., Jamestown, N.D., Appleton, Minn., Benson, Minn., International Falls, Minn., Chippewa Falls, Wis., Hales Corner, Wis., Minneapolis, Bismark, N.D., and Duluth, Minn. It was in Jamestown that Pearl began her own career with Northwestern Bell. In 1980, the couple retired to Sun City West, Ariz. They then moved to Battle Lake, Minn., St. Cloud, Minn., Sky Valley and finally to Alpharetta. Pearl was a lifelong and active member of the Lutheran church, as well as PEO International. She enjoyed tending to her family and pets, gardening, playing bridge and painting ceramics.

Her parents, Hilda and August Heglund, preceded her in death.

She is survived by: her loving husband, Clair Olson of Alpharetta; a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Arlene Olson of Duluth; three granddaughters, Jennifer Bradley of Atlanta, Christina Tredway of Honolulu and Rebecca Flynn of Duluth; and seven great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a funeral service following at 11 a.m. at Norseland Lutheran Church, 37777 State Highway 22, St. Peter, MN 56082. The Rev. Craig Firkenstad will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local humane society.

Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home in Peachtree Corners is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at