Bartelson, Olivia Jean (Nahrgang)


On January 15, 2019, Olivia let go of the hands of her earthly family and accepted the hand of Jesus. She knew her Lord as her Savior. Olivia was met by her husband, Curt; her parents, Paul and Audrey; and many close friends and family. She fought the good fight against her medical challenges with dignity and determination. She was the commander of her own ship until the end.

Olivia Jean (Nahrgang) Bartelson was born to Paul and Audrey (Albert) Nahrgang in Winona, Minn., on March 29, 1944. She was the oldest of their four children; her siblings are Paulette, Roger, and Carol. On March 30, 1961, she married Curtis Dean Bartelson, and they had three children, Scott, Brenda, and Mark.

Olivia’s three children were so special to her, and Olivia taught her children to be respectful and loving to everyone that they met. They were raised in the Christian faith and taught the gifts of living each day to its finest. She thoroughly loved being a mom and cherished her children. They knew she loved them very much, and they will treasure her memories in the times to come.

Olivia was adored by her grandchildren, and she loved to spoil them with trips to the Mall of America when she would visit from Arizona in their younger years. She was so proud of each and every one of them. She showered them with love and loved to attend their life milestones.

Her hobbies included photography, woodworking, rummage sales, painting, and gardening. Her gardens consisted of rocks that she would find from her travels, garden flags, and garden arts made up of things she would find on her adventures. She loved to travel and was lucky enough to have been to many states including Hawaii and Alaska, a cruise to the Bahamas, and to Canada and Mexico.

Her survivors include her children, Scott (Barb) Bartelson of Utica, Brenda (Philip) Rausch of Utica, and Mark (Debra) Bartelson of Kellogg. Olivia’s grandchildren are Abby (Josh) Randall of Utica, Becky (Dennis) Mueller of Lewiston, Rachel Bartelson of Rochester, Haylee (Scott) Pagenkopf of Onalaska, Wis., Brady (Amanda) Bartelson of Lewiston, Taylor (special friend, Ashley) Bartelson West St. Paul, Erik Madison of Kellogg, and Whitney (fiancée, Juan) Madison of Austin, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, with another great-grandchild due in May; siblings, Paulette (David) Karn of Odessa, Minn., Roger (Mary) Nahrgang of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Carol (Dennis) Asleson of Cannon Falls, Minn. Olivia is also survived by her sister-in-law, Darlene Bartelson of Winona; and brother-in-law, Wayne Kronebusch of Rollingstone; and many nieces and nephews.

Olivia was preceded in death by her husband, Curt; her parents, Paul and Audrey Nahrgang; mother in-law and father in-law, Vance and Seldie Bartelson; two sister s-in-law; and two brothers-in-law.

The family would like to thank the Lewiston Assisted Living for the loving care that she received there. Each and every one of the staff was wonderful to her and the family is thankful for all that they did for her. Liviy enjoyed the activities and time spent with all of the other residents. At the Mayo Clinic, Liviy certainly witnessed the motto of the Mayo Clinic that the “Needs of the patient come first.” In her final days, they carried out each of her wishes with respect and caring devotion. The family will be eternally grateful to them.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the funeral service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 180 William Street in Lewiston, Minn., with a luncheon and reception immediately following the service.

Online condolences or memories may be left for Olivia’s family at

Services are entrusted to Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home of Winona – thank you John and Cheryl, you are family, and very special to us.

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