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Marla Olsem 05/22/2020

Marla Olsem 05/22/2020

Marla Olsem, age 63 of New Richmond, WI, lost her battle with cancer peacefully at home on Friday, May 22, 2020.  Marla was born the daughter of Clarence and Gwendolyn (Lewis) Martin on March 12, 1957 in Lincoln, NE.  Clarence was in the Air Force, and the family lived in a number of places before settling in New Richmond in 1968.  Marla was married to Patrick Olsem on June 25, 1982 in Hammond, WI.  She enjoyed gardening and crafts, spending time outdoors and going to the lake.  Marla loved music and spent many years singing and playing keyboard and guitar in a band.  She was honest, loving and caring.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Gwendolyn Martin.  Marla is survived by her husband, Patrick Olsem, Sr.; sons, Brian (Wendy) Olsem, Patrick (Sue) Olsem, Jr.; grandchildren, Stephanie, Julia, Alyssa, and Emily Olsem; sisters, Paula (Wayne) Ausen, Carla Carlstrom, Mary (Chris) Wittstock, Terri Maloney; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  A private service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Lisa Leopold Posted May 26, 2020 11:28 am

    Prayers for the family. RIP Marla.

  • Dave and Bonnie Swanson Posted May 26, 2020 10:52 pm

    Pat, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time. Marla was a good person very devoted to the Lord in everything she did. Stay strong and keep the faith.

  • Faith Frascone Posted May 26, 2020 10:53 pm

    My heart goes out to the family ar this difficult time. May you cherish all the loving memories of this kind hearted lady. With deepest sympathy

  • Carol Burke Posted May 26, 2020 11:22 pm

    So very sorry to all family of Marla. I had the pleasure of getting to know Marla at the lake. She was such a ray of sunshine and loved to dance. She will be missed.

  • Julie Dornseif Posted May 27, 2020 1:03 am

    I’m so sorry, she will be missed at the lake.

  • joann lokken Posted May 27, 2020 1:11 am

    Pat and Family

  • joann lokken Posted May 27, 2020 1:12 am

    Pat and Family We are sooo sorry for your loss. Sending love, hugs and prayers.

  • Luke Hawkins Posted May 27, 2020 1:31 am

    Sorry to hear. Marla was a kind soul. Thoughts are with you Pat, Olsems, and family.

  • Cindy Hayes Posted May 27, 2020 1:34 am

    My sympathy to her family. She will be missed. My heart goes out to her loved ones.

  • Ginny Yunker Posted May 27, 2020 1:53 am

    My heart is broken & I know your sisters are too! RIP my dear sweet Marla.

  • Debbie Swanson Posted May 27, 2020 2:44 am

    Sorry for your loss, Marla was a amazing lady, she will be sadly missed

  • Joe and Annie Zerwas Posted May 27, 2020 12:13 pm

    Hugs from us to you Pat. She was a generous happy vibrant person that was so nice. Yes she loved the lake! Our prayers are with you and the Family. 💙

  • Sandie & Don Falaas Posted May 27, 2020 1:13 pm

    May sweet Marla walk and sing with the Angels. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her. Our hearts are breaking for you Patrick, sending our deepest sympathies to you and Marly’s family.

  • Greg and Jayne Posted May 27, 2020 5:50 pm

    We are so sorry for you loss. She was a very caring person and will greatly be missed.

  • Tammy Graf Posted May 27, 2020 6:29 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Pat, and your family. So sorry for your loss.

  • Jeff and Vickie Strusz Posted May 28, 2020 12:02 am

    Pat so sorry for your loss. 🙁 Will truly miss her smiling face at the lake. Many Many Hugs for you and the family.

  • Rosemary Harbosky Posted May 29, 2020 4:55 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this Pat. My prayers go out to you.

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