Olga Shake, 96 of Leader, died March 10, 2018 at Essentia-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd with family by her side.
Services will be held Monday, March 19 at the Swan Valley Lutheran Church in Leader, with Pastor David Stevens officiating. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18 at Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples and one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment will be at Swan Valley Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Brenny Funeral Chapel, Staples.
Olga was born May 9, 1921 in Fergus Falls to Ragnhild and Albert Bjerga who immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1912. After her family moved to Motley she started working as a housekeeper and nanny in Staples at the age of 16. In 1941 she met and married Ward Shake and settled on a small farm in Leader. Olga worked as a waitress and managed a small restaurant in Motley. She worked for 20 years at the Carter Ringer garment factory in Staples. At home she tended to the cattle, sheep and hogs as well as their trucking business. At retirement the couple, then Olga, wintered in Arizona for a total of 30 years. Olga enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting for her family and friends. She was a member of Swan Valley Lutheran Ladies Aide, the Motley Study Club, Senior citizens club, a charter member of the Leader Lions and was a clerk on the Byron township board. Olga enjoyed reading the daily paper and keeping up with current events.
Olga is survived by one son, Lester (Linda) Shake, Basking Ridge, NJ; two daughters, Joyce (Richard) Sowers, Becker and Debra Shake, Leader; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Leona Crider, Motley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; great-grandchild, Patrick Maher; six brothers, Christian, Mikkel, Swen, Alvin, Arthur and Harold; three sisters, Ruth Wax, Thelma Garrison and Esther Barton.