Berwick ME — Johanna Mary Olson, 83, of Deer Trail Lane in Berwick died on January 29, 2019 at her home surrounded by loved ones.
Born on January 5, 1936 in Chelsea Massachusetts, she was a daughter of Joseph and Angela ( Bellafato) Politano. She attended local schools including Chelsea High School.
Johanna was a strong, tough as steel woman who was a caring and loving wife , and mother raising eight children before she and her loving husband of fifty years John moved to their home in Berwick Maine.
She epitomized the saying “It’s better to give than receive” giving to her family, friends and needy strangers. She volunteered early in life at Boston hospitals and most recently she was a foundation volunteer at House of Hope in Berwick where she greeted each client with a loving hug and earnest caring. She cherished her church family at Eliot Baptist Church, where she had been a member for twenty years.
Johanna Mary Olson was most happy when her home was filled with her loving family so she could make a wonderful meal or bake some of her signature treats.
Her first love was unquestionably her family, she is survived by her loving husband John Olson of Berwick, their children, daughter; Sharon Orchard and her husband Robbie of Gardner, NC, Marie Helka and her husband Ed of Dearborn MI, and Susan Aversa and her husband Sal of Everett MA, Sons; John Olson Jr and his wife Susan of Reading, MA, Michael Olson of Sanford, ME, Paul Olson and his wife Guine of Sparks, NV, and Robert Olson and his wife Christy of Kittery, ME, nineteen grand and twelve great grand children. She was predeceased by her oldest son Gerard Olson and her grandson John Olson.
A memorial service for Johanna Mary Olson will be celebrated on Saturday February 2nd 2019 at noon in the Eliot Baptist Church on Route 236 in Eliot with a time of sharing and refreshment following at The House of Hope in Berwick . Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jspelkeyfuneralhome.com . Donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Childrens Hospital or to the House of Hope. Care for the Olson family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey and Son Funeral Home.