Anna Marie Olin
Anna Marie Olin, age 92 of Cloquet, MN, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. Anna was born on November 18, 1926 in Cloquet to Dr. Jarl and Helmi Olson. She attended Cloquet High School where she was the first Cloquet recipient of the Golden Eaglet award and the Curved Bar in Girl Scouting.
Anna graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a teaching degree in Speech and English. While at Gustavus, she belonged to the Tau Mu Tau Sorority and was president of Pi Kappa Delta. She won the state oratorical contest and was also selected as one of the top orators in the nation. She was awarded the Diamond Forensic Key for outstanding oratory, one of only seven to receive the award in the history of Gustavus at that time. Anna had leading roles in plays including No Exit, Trojan Women, Curious Savage, Our Town, Wingless Victory and Ghost. She was given the honor of being elected into the Who's Who Book of Colleges and University Students.
Following college, Anna taught English and Speech in Milaca, Minnesota. She married Dr. Philip Olin on July 1, 1950. She taught speech and English at Esko, Cloquet and Wrenshall high schools. While teaching at Wrenshall, Anna received the yearbook dedication from her Senior students four times.
Anna was a brownie and girl scout leader and served as treasurer on the advisory board of Aspen Arms Senior Center. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, serving as the first woman to be elected to the church council. She taught Sunday school and Bible school and was a choir member. She was also a member of AAUW and past president of the Cloquet Golf Club-evening women's league.
The world is a big place and Anna wanted to be part of it! She toured extensively in the U.S. and spent time each winter in Mexico. She traveled throughout Europe, Scandinavia, China, Japan and Korea. Anna sailed on the fjords of New Zealand and Chile and rode a camel in Egypt. She climbed to the top of the Masada in Israel and Machu Picchu in Peru. Anna sailed around the Cape Horn of South America, and at 84 years old, she and her daughters boarded a river boat and sailed down the Amazon. While in India, Anna rode elephants and toured the holy city of Varanasi. Anna also flew in bush planes over the Okavango Delta while on an African Safari. She has now begun the greatest adventure of her life.
Anna is survived by her daughters, Sandy Olin of Duluth and Linda Albers (Jim) of Fort Benton, Mt; son, Steven Olin (Laurie, daughter Kim and grandson Eliot) of Cloquet and Anna's grandson Jarl Olin of Two Harbors.
A visitation was held Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet.
Anna has requested that no flowers be sent. A private family celebration of life will be held later.