Irene E. Olson, 87, of Iola, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Iola Living Assistance. Irene was born in Nelsonville, Wisconsin on December 25, 1923, the daughter of the late Hans and Gertle (Anderson) Beckland. Irene married Hanford Olson on August 9, 1945 at the Northland Lutheran Church parsonage. He preceded her in death on July 7, 1987. Irene worked on the family farm with Hanford while also raising a family. She also had worked in the laundry at Iola Hospital, Adam’s Bakery, and Bob’s Market. Irene was a wonderful cook, loved reading, and enjoyed working at the lutefisk suppers at Northland Lutheran Church. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, whose family was very important to her. She is survived by: her Children: Duane (Carol) Beckland, Fort Morgan, CO; Roxann (Gary) Johnson, Scandinavia; John (Cathie) Olson, Winter Garden, FL; Mark (Mary) Olson, Waupaca; Dell (Julie) Olson, Iola; and Son-in-law, Tom Thorn, Iola. Irene is also survived by: 19 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant Son, John H.; one Daughter, Judy Thorn; two Sisters: Joan Beckland and Arlane Bierderman; three Brothers: George, Andy and Jim Beckland and a Grandson, Tim Thorn. Funeral Service was held at Northland Lutheran Church, Iola, Wisconsin, at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 28, 2011 with Reverend Dan Somers officiating. Interment will be in the Northland Lutheran Cemetery Town of Harrison, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Northland Lutheran Church.