Nora Louise (Kissel) Olson, age 90, died peacefully at her home southwest of Wheatland on Sunday, Oct. 28, surrounded by her family. Her loving husband of sixty-nine years was at her side.
Nora, a life-long Platte County resident, was born to John W. and Elsie M. (Goolsby) Kissel in Sunrise. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to the Wheatland area. Nora attended country school and graduated from Wheatland High School in 1946. During her high school years, she was active in glee club and Future Homemakers of America. She attended beauty school in Casper. After graduation from beauty school, she worked with her sister Thelma in their beauty shop in Wheatland.
Nora married her high school sweetheart, Don Olson, on Aug. 29, 1949. They made their home on the family farm where they raised their family and worked together for sixty-nine years. Nora did the bookkeeping for the farm. She loved raising flowers and baby dairy calves. Nora enjoyed giving local preschool and grade school students tours of the family dairy. She spoiled her family and friends with homemade cookies, pies, cakes, and other treats.
Nora volunteered as a Grey Lady at the local hospital and nursing home. She also served as an election judge. She was a member of the Rock Lake Grange.
Preceding Nora in death were her parents; two sisters, Thelma Potter and Delora Woodard; and three brothers: Harry, Howard, and Donald Kissel.
Nora is survived by her husband Don of Wheatland; daughter Diane (Grieg) Schroeder; son David (Sandra) Olson, grandchildren Dawn (Joel) McKee, Scott Schroeder, Chelsea Olson, Lael Olson, and Shelby (Eric) Heatherly; greatgrandchildren Eleni McKee, Fletcher McKee, and Grayson Heatherly. She is also survived by her sister Maxine (Lloyd) Koerwitz and sister-in-law Patricia Kissel as well as her many nieces and nephews and their families.
At her request, no services will be held. Her ashes will be scattered on the family farm at a later date. The family asks that donations be made in her honor to a charity of the giver’s choice.