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Velma Sullivan

July 9, 1937 — June 1, 2015

Velma Fern Sullivan, age 77, of rural Menahga, MN, passed away June 1, 2015, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND, surrounded by her family.

Memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, June 5, 2015, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Evergreen (13084 Co. Rd. 39, Frazee - at the intersection of Hwy. 87 and Co. Rd. 39). Interment will be made at Spruce Grove Cemetery, rural Frazee. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at Furey Funeral Home, Frazee (33832 St. Hwy. 87) with a prayer service to be held at 6:45 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.

Velma was born July 9, 1937, in Jefferson, IA, to Charles and Eileen (Williams) Stougard. She grew up in Iowa, attending R. L. Downing High School, graduating with the class of 1955. Following her schooling, Velma married William John Olson. The couple made their home in Keewatin, MN where they had 3 children: Kevin, Charlotte and Allen. The family moved to Detroit Lakes in 1963, then to Callaway, MN, in 1964. Velma worked as a waitress at the Baker's CafAC. in Callaway for many years. The families' life was saddened by William's passing in 1969.

Velma was later blessed to meet Jerry Sullivan. The couple married at the Tulaby Lake Chapel on September 30, 1972. The family resided in Callaway until 1976 when the couple moved to rural Menahga where Velma remained until the time of her passing.

Velma loved to garden and looked forward to tending large vegetable gardens each year. She was very dedicated to the Orphan Grain Train in Morris, MN, and stayed involved collecting, sorting and distributing clothing to those in need around the world. Velma looked forward to her yearly Mission trip to Texas each winter where she volunteered with the "His Hands Mission". Her greatest joy in life, however, was her family. She loved the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Evergreen since 1976. She stayed involved in many church activities and was willing to help with anything she was asked of and more. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Sullivan of rural Menahga, MN; 3 children: Kevin (Denise) Olson of rural Detroit Lakes, Charlotte Berger of Fergus Falls, MN; and Allen (Brenda) Olson of rural Menahga; 7 grandchildren: Billi Jo (Anthony) Townsend of Moorhead, MN, Kelli (Jason) Langerud of Hawley, MN, Matt (Sarah) Olson of Detroit Lakes, Mary (John) Knutson of Fergus Falls, William (Chayla) Berger of Moorhead, Justin (Kayla) Olson of rural Menahga, and Joseph (Stacie) Olson of rural Menahga; 6 great grandchildren with one on the way: Nolan and Khloe Townsend, Ali, Kaia and Ty Langerud and Ava Berger; 1 brother, Darwin (Lonnie) Stougard or Keewatin, MN; 7 brothers and sisters in law; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Eileen Stougard; first husband, William Olson; son-in-law, Paul Berger; and 2 sisters: Darlene Nelson and Jean Samarzea.
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