Olivia Kirkeby | TheUnion.com

Olivia Kirkeby

Olivia Kirkeby passed from this life on Oct. 17, 2013, at Atria Assisted Living in Grass Valley, Calif., three months shy of 101.

A memorial service is scheduled at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, Ariz., on Nov. 23, with internment of Olivia and Wally to follow.

Born Jan. 16, 1913, to Norwegian immigrants John and Gunhild Folstad in Mikana, Wis., Olivia grew up in rural Wisconsin, where she met and married her beloved Wally Kirkeby in December of 1935. They had two daughters, Dolores (Dee) and Virginia (Ginni). Olivia was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker throughout their 72 happy years of marriage. They lived in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota and Illinois during Wally’s working years, first retiring to Brainerd, Minn., then Sun City West, Ariz., and finally to Laguna Hills, Calif,, in 2003, where they lived together until Wally’s passing in 2008. In 2010, Olivia moved with her daughter, Ginni and son-in-law, Don, to Grass Valley.

Olivia was known for her talents as a seamstress and for various needle arts and for being an incredible baker.

Olivia is survived by her daughters Dee McMasters (John) of Mound, Minn., and Ginni DeThomas (Don) of Grass Valley; grandchildren Todd McMasters (Dana), Chris Johnson (Krista), Carrie Stoltz (Tod), Sarah Kastelic (Matt) and nine great-grandchildren. Olivia leaves her family with many fond memories.

Olivia’s family is grateful for the loving care received by caregivers and staff at Atria Assisted Living and Hospice of the Foothills during the last months of her life.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.

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