Mary Ann S. Olsen
Mary Ann S. Olsen, 84, of Somers, passed peacefully Oct. 11, 2016, in Exeter, New Hampshire, under the care of hospice and her daughter, Elizabeth. She was born in Cleveland in 1931 to Frank and Mary E. Skala and made them proud immigrant parents by graduating from Denison University and Katharine Gibbs School in Boston. In Cleveland she met and married David Olsen, from where they continued a loving relationship for 55 years, moving to Somers in 1963. She is survived by her son, William Olsen and his wife, Margaret; and her daughter, Elizabeth Stevens and her husband, Carl. Additionally, she was much admired by four grandchildren, Rhys and Ana Olsen, of Colorado, and Lucas and Henry Stevens, of Exeter. Soon after moving to Somers, Mary Ann became director of volunteers at the previous Johnson Memorial Hospital and proceeded to organize and manage the "Ball on The Mall" celebrating the simultaneous opening of the Enfield Mall and the new Johnson Memorial Hospital. For many years there after she continued on the hospital's board of directors. Mary Ann had the attribute of a strong congeniality with others that led to her becoming vice president of Ahrens, Fuller, St. John and Vincent Insurance Agency, serving the northern Connecticut area. While working with clients, she became one of the first women admitted to the Enfield Rotary Club and went on to receive a Paul Harris Award for assisting high school students in determining possible future occupations. She and her husband also kept active for many years with the Somers Republican Town Committee and were designated by the state as "Town Republicans of the Year" for the year of 2010. Some of Mary Ann's favorite activities were attending family competitive sports events and playing tennis and platform tennis at The Field Club of Longmeadow for over 40 years. She especially enjoyed travel with women's teams to other clubs for matches. Because of her enthusiasm for life, she found time for oil painting and knitting and managed numerous bicycle and sailing trips with friends along the New England coastline. She and her husband finally determined their most adventurous pursuits were skiing in Europe and sailing in the Caribbean. Due to certain logistical situations, there will be no calling hours and funeral arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Somers Congregational Church, 599 Main St., P.O. Box 295, Somers, CT 06071.
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