Jeanne C. Olmstead

Aug 02, 1922 - Apr 26, 2020


Jeanne Catherine (Schell) Olmstead, 97, of Winona, MN died peacefully, Sunday morning, April 26, 2020, at St. Anne Extended Healthcare Center in Winona. Jeanne was born August 2, 1922 to Raymond and Helen (Speltz) Schell in the family farm home at Oak Ridge. She was the oldest of her three sibl...


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St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

180 Fremont Street
Lewiston, Minnesota 55952

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Jeanne C. Olmstead

August 02, 1922 - April 26, 2020

Donna Lang August 1, 2020

Many happy memories with Jean and ole and Marilyn wonderful lady great teacher will be missed. Elroy and Donna Lang

Greg ratajczyk July 16, 2020

I remember her from the Hallmark store. Lovely lady pleasant and conscientious on the gifts and cards she would purchase

Connie Oldham July 16, 2020

Jeanne was a very dedicated teacher to her students; she gave you extra help if you didn't get it the first time. She was always kind with never a harsh word. Thoughts and prayers to the family

Dan Reinboldt June 7, 2020

Mrs. Olmstead was a joy to be around. Her patience and grace in our classes was remarkable. I wished she could have taught my children. I am thankful that I was able to be part of her educational career

Glenn Miller June 7, 2020

I have many great memories of Jeanne and Ole in the mid 1960's to early 70's. I was a student in her social studies class in one of the carpeted classroom next to the library at LHS. She was full of grace and kindness and well prepared with a mimeographed worksheet every day for us to fill in and learn history. That was the era when the miniskirt fad came to LHS and to some of the female classmates. I am thankful for her guidance in my life. My siblings were also in her class. I knew her also from St Rose of Lima church our family attended back then. Ole I remember as a faithful summer softball umpire for many years. I remember when Barb Schutz started work as the LHS librarian, I was in 9th grade and I had study hall in the Library with her, and I remember when Miss Estee Steen came and she taught me English class and possibly German since I took that class. Jeanne was full of grace and truth and was the great role model of the Proverbs 31 women. She touched so many lives with her legacy.

Barbara Schutz May 5, 2020

I first met Jeanne at Lewiston High School during the fall of 1969 when I joined the staff as high school librarian. How helpful she was that first year when I had so many new things to learn! She was a kind and caring person then and throughout her life.. Estee Stene Krueger, a former Lewiston English teacher and I often visited her during her years at her home in Winona and later at Callista Court and at St. Anne's. On our last visit a few months ago we enjoyed a conversation with her in the Chapel at St. Anne's where she was waiting for the daily service to begin. My deepest sympathy, Marilyn and Marite!

Adele Sanders May 2, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Worked with your mom at the arches
She always sent a card for our anniversary and our birthdays.

Kathy Prudoehl May 2, 2020

What beautiful words of tribute to your Mother and Grandmother and all of them true! She truly was a warm, caring, and loving mentor, teacher, and friend to students, fellow teachers, neighbors, and her dear family. She is home now with Ole and I bet they are both glad of that.

Roger Holm May 2, 2020

Roger Holm
May 2, 2020

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my friend Jeanne Olmstead. I was lucky enough to be her student teacher in the fall of 1973. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor. She is the one that started me in my career in education. I will always have a special place in my heart for her.

Diane Ketchum Fishbaugher May 1, 2020

[Your mother was a lovely person. She was always ready to help & was very gracious to all. My sympathy Marilyn. Diane Ketchum Fishbaugher

Sue Kreibich April 30, 2020

Marilyn and Marite', We are still processing hearing such sad news. We know that Jeanne always put others ahead of herself. She was always so interested in what was going on with whomever she talked to. Jeanne was truly someone of many talents, from cooking, to flowers, to writing, and sending her wonderful cards. We enjoyed looking through the photo tribute of the many milestones of her life. We will be thinking of you both. Gale and Sue Kreibich

Waltraud Maassen April 30, 2020

CandleMarilyn,we are so sorry for your loss, your Mom was so awesome i gave her a hug when ever I visit my Husband on 2 nd Floor, she talk about you a lot.thinking of you all, at this time. Hugs Waltraud Maassen

Pam Tesch April 30, 2020

She left a lasting memory on my life. I can still see her standing by the class room door on the top of the steps, on the highest level, northwest corner of the old Lewiston High building. She would wait for her students to enter the room, the bell to ring, she would close the door, turn and walk gracefully and slowly to the front of the room. She was dressed very nice, almost like she had taken her clothes off the outdoor line and and pressed her clothing, crisp and clean. Her hair and appearance immaculate. She always had a smile, a twinkle in her eye and sometimes a look of concern. I seem to remember she took attendance and then we started to learn. She had more pull down maps in her room than any other class I ever had in high school. She was patient, caring and seemed interested in every student. She made a sincere effort to make sure everyone succeeded in her class. She loved what she taught and because of her, I loved what she gave. I was like a sponge. It was a joy to learn. The amazing thing is I never saw her angry or upset. She taught 7th and 8th graders when I went to school, I think that would be a challenge. All through the years she took time for previous students even if it was a note or a passing conversation. She took time to listen and was genuinely interested in you.

Steve Kanz April 29, 2020

Quoting Michael Ashby; " A teacher's life is an eternity; Since she never knows where her influence stops".. Mrs. Olmstead always kept up with her former students...

Nancy Brown April 29, 2020

Jeanne was a beautiful lady inside & out!
She was so gracious, kind, talented, &
caring! When she sent a card or note
it was always so sincere & made us feel so special! Many fond memories of visits to
Ole & Jeanne in their Lewiston home &
Winona also! Our sincere sympathy to Marilyn & Marite’ as you both journey through all the beautiful memories &
stories of Jeanne & Ole. God bless...
Dean & Nancy Brown

Patricia Hicks April 29, 2020

My deepest condolences to you ,Marilyn and Marite’.Your mother was an amazing woman. Her kindness will truly be missed.
Patricia J. Hicks

Duane Oldham April 29, 2020

Mrs. Olmstead had such a passion for teaching and cared about every student in her class. She always knew what to say to make you smile or make your day better. Jeanne and Ole were a match made in heaven.

Carol and Glen Hines April 29, 2020

Jeanne was a very special woman. She was kind and pleasant to every person she met. Jeanne was so thoughtful. She sent an anniversary card to Glen and me for many ,many years. Marilyn and Marite, our love goes out to you. Carol and Glen Hines

Earl & Fran April 29, 2020

Earl and I received many letters from Jeanne over the years. She was very considerate, kind and thoughtful - a friend to all. Our sympathy to family members.

Lorene April 29, 2020

Marilyn. I cannot remember if I had your mother for a class or not but I certainly remember her kindness and smile. What wonderful memories you must have of her. My sympathy to you. Lorene

Gary and Marlys Mills April 28, 2020

It is with great sadness that we learn of Jeanne’s passing. She was a kind, considerate and loving person. She loved her students. We have wonderful memories of our years with Jeanne and Ole. She will be missed by all who knew her. Our condolences to Marilyn and Marite at this difficult time.

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Best teacher I ever had.She wanted children to learn.I remember worksheets everyday.She will be missed.

Diane K Spalding April 28, 2020

Dear Family & Friends
Jeanne was my life since I was 10 years old. We attended St. Rose a Lima Church, she was our neighbor, she taught catechism, also English and substitute History teacher.
My son Josh new Marite, Jeanne used to clip pictures from the news paper of us kids and send to my mom. I enjoyed visiting with Jeanne While we attened school functions like concerts and pic nics, I was able to see Jeanne alot more in the last four years, I truly enjoyed her letters
She was very dear to us all
She will be missed dearly.
We Love You, Jeanne
Sending all our Love
Diane K Spalding and Family

Estee Stene Krueger April 28, 2020

I met Jeanne in 1969 when I started teaching English and German at Lewiston High School. She was a wonderful support for all of us teachers who were new to the high school. When I left Lewiston after four years to finish a German major, Jeanne and I stayed in contact for the next 45 years through my visits to Lewiston and Winona and missives, the term for letters that Jeanne always used. (In fact, she is the only person I have ever met who used that word.) Jeanne was the perfect example of kindness, faith, love, compassion, encouragement, joy, courage and grace. She was truly a professional educator who enjoyed her students and the art of teaching. What an inspiration she was to me and to all who came in contact with her. Marilyn and Marite', my sympathy goes out to you and the rest of your family. I sincerely believe that those we have loved are always with us in our hearts.

Estee Stene Krueger

Jerry Williams April 28, 2020

She was a very kind, respectful, and gentlelady who loved her profession and cared greatly for her students.

Jennifer (Schultz) Matzke April 28, 2020

Marilyn & Marite', I am so sorry to hear about Jeanne. She was such a wonderful, caring Godmother to me! Ole & Jeanne were both such wonderful people to learn so much from. I had so many good visits with them. One great memory I have is drawing them a nice picture with the phrase "Love is in the air" on it because they both showed love to all. I so treasured all of the cards & pictures she would send to me & my family for all of our birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays! She will be missed! I will be praying for comfort for you during this difficult time🙏🙏

Richard and Carol Laska April 28, 2020

What a kind thoughtful lady! Our deepest sympathies to Marilyn and her daughter. Ole and Jeanne together in heaven certainly leaves a void here on earth!

Sheila Daley April 28, 2020

Mrs. Olmstead was a teacher who truly loved to teach...her pleasant disposition and smile are what I remember most.

Dave McNally April 28, 2020

Jeanne was good with a smile forever on her face.

Colleen Volkmann April 28, 2020

Mrs. Olmstead was a teacher like none other. She was always there to help you no matter what. Blessed be her memory.

Colleen Petersen Volkmann

Hoff Funeral and Cremation Services April 28, 2020


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