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Olive Mae (Gilman) Bjarnarson

April 12, 1929 ~ October 6, 2019 (age 90)

            Olive passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at the age of 90 years.

            She was born April 12, 1929 in the Elwood School District and lived in the Pine Creek area until 1935.  In early spring 1936, the family moved to the Gillespie School District where she completed Grades 1 through 8.  Olive took Grade 9 by correspondence before going to Gladstone for Grade 10, and Edrans for Grade 11.  After finishing school, she was employed at the Gladstone Creamery, the local hospital, and later the Bank of Montreal. 

            While working in the Creamery, she met Haldor “Dori” Bjarnarson. Dori and Olive were married July 8, 1950 and honeymooned in Kenora.  In 1952 they moved above the Macloeds store and moved to their family home in the Steele Bridge area in 1954.

            Olive was active in the community through the United Church, Rebekah’s and the Red Hats.  She was always taking something out the door, whether it was cake, cookies, breads or buns. Olive won several ribbons at the Gladstone Agricultural Fair over the years with her baking.  Olive loved to garden, spending countless hours planting seeds and fighting the weeds in the large garden and flower beds.  In the fall she would can fruit and freeze vegetables that would feed the family throughout the winter.  Olive loved watching the birds and the deer out the window. Wintertime found passing the time knitting sweaters, scarves and mittens.

            Olive is predeceased by her sister Betty; and her Husband Haldor.

            Olive will be missed by her children Leon, Bonnie (Ted), Blaine, Randy (Shelley); grandchildren Janine (Brian), Matt, Jordan, Tammy (Jason) Jeff (Anya) Steven (Sabina), Sarah (Randy), Broddi, Tristinn and Sveinna; great grandchildren Thora, Riley, Brooke-Lynne, Adam, Jack and Billy; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Donations may be made to:

Seven Regions Palliative Care
Box 711, Gladstone, Manitoba R0J 0T0,


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