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Grace Jean (Hahn) Olson-Schara

Died: Sun., Apr. 26, 2015


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., May 01, 2015
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home


Graveside Service

2:00 PM Sat., May 02, 2015
Location: Victor Cemetery


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Grace Jean Hahn Olson Schara – 91 Grace Jean passed away on Sunday, April 26th while lovingly surrounded by her children, just as she had hoped for. As one of her physicians had recently stated “Grace, you are the real deal, aren’t you”, and indeed she was! She was born to John (Jack) and Floy Etta (Wills) Hahn on November 14th, 1923, in her grandparent’s home “just up Gash Creek, on the old Cleary place”, west of Victor. She spent the majority of her 91 years in the Bitterroot and was very proud of being a “Bitterrooter”. When Grace Jean was 3 years old, her parents bought a farm at the head of Sweathouse Creek in Victor and it was there where Grace and her 2 brothers, Johnny and Bill, would grow up -exploring the hills, riding horses, helping their dad farm, and fishing with their mom in the creek, frying up the brook trout as they were caught. Since Grace’s mom didn’t care for housework, she learned early how to cook, clean and take care of others, which she joyfully continued throughout her entire life. Grace married Elmer Olson on March 31st 1941. She said she had her first dance with this neighborhood boy at a community dance when she was just 9 years old. Grace and Elmer raised 7 children and farmed throughout the Bitterroot, returning to Victor in 1963. She lost Elmer in 1964, and still having 4 children to raise, she started working at Marcus Daly Hospital where she stayed for 10 years, doing what she did best – caring for people. On December 1st 1973, Grace married Reuben (Buck) Schara at her home in Victor. With Buck, Grace was able to travel and spend time camping which she truly enjoyed. She even traveled to Hawaii 3 times! They also enjoyed weekend trips to Jackpot, Nevada with friends. Buck passed away in 2002. Grace lived at the Bitterroot Living Center in Stevensville for the last 10 years. She enjoyed her life there, catching up with family and friends – some even from her grade school days in Victor. She loved playing cards, bingo and pinochle, and often taught others to play. One of her favorite groups was her monthly birthday club. She was always involved and knew all the staff and their families by name. She never stopped making new friends and caring about what was happening in everyone’s life. Grace suffered through some very heartbreaking times, even the loss of her 4 year old son, Arne, in 1947. She carried that grief in her heart throughout her life, but chose to be optimistic that she would someday be with Little Arne again. That faith, along with the love of her other children, carried her through her last days. Above all, Grace loved and was so proud of her family, and each and every moment spent with them was so special to her. Already our hearts are aching for those visits, the many games played and hearing her laughter one more time. Grace was preceded in death by her son Arne, parents Jack and Floy Etta Hahn, Elmer, Buck, her brothers John and Bill, stepson Richard Schara, her stepdaughter Shawn Giles and many other family members and friends. She is survived by her children Wayne (Judie) Olson of Stevensville, Lola (Ted) Hoerner of Hamilton, Mike (Diana Stoner) Olson of Hamilton, Jim Olson of Hamilton, Rod (Cheri) Olson of Lakeside, MT, and Debbie (Jim) Spaulding of Lakeside, MT. She leaves behind 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving Grace are her step children Rulon (Cherlene) Schara of Fort Benton and Sherma (Dean) Bergevin of St George, UT and all of their children and grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00 pm at the Victor Cemetery, followed by a potluck at the Victor Senior Center on the corner of 5th and Blake St. Viewing will be at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville on Friday, May 1st from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace’s name to the BEAR MOUNTAIN PLAYGROUND; Attn: Debbie; 220 Main Street; Stevensville, MT 59870.

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LaDona Yerian
   Posted Tue April 28, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with Lola, Ted, Kim, Scott, and Steve in their time of loss. Prayers, Courage, Strength, and Faith. - La Dona Yerian

Barb Miller
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
What a beautiful loving summary of your Grandmom's life. The best to you and your family. Hope to see you back in Lakeside soon.
Barb

Barb Miller
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
What a beautiful and loving tribute to you Mom and her life. My best to you and your family. Hope to see you back in Lakeside soon.
Barb

Melanie R Schara
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
I would love the famiy of grace to know just how much joy she brought into my family,we loved her very much and always looked forward to getting to see her every chance I got to make a trip to Montana.Grace's wonderful cooking was always a plus, Rest in Peace Grace you certainly deserve it. Love you Melanie

lois schreckendgust
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
Grace was a wonderful human being. Always had a smile on her face and so sweet. My sympathy goes out to all of the family.

Melanie R Schara
   Posted Wed April 29, 2015
I guess I had a few more things to say about my Grandma Grace she loved me & my two sisters along with our kids as her own Grandkids as well as Great Grandma to our kids She was my Grandma for over 40 years I just can't say enough about this Angel, Where my mom & dad ( Richard & Betty Schara) had lived in Oregon I remember when a old heavey wagon wheel fell on her foot it just looked so painful to me but Grace what a trooper I never heard her complain. So today I speak for myself & two sister Amanda Rogers who passed away in 2004 as well as my Sister Julie Krieger of Hominey Oklahoma. Grandma Grace you will always remain in our hearts.We love you

Ellen Clark Kittel
   Posted Fri May 01, 2015
As a small girl growing up next door to Grace, I cannot recall all the wonderful, fond memories I have of playing at Grace's house. We would play for hours upstairs or in the big, wonderful, old barn to the south of the house. It always smelled of fresh hay and usually there were kittens running around to play with. We would go to the rope swing hung way up in a huge pine tree and swing out and over the deep ditch, sometimes swimming to cool off. Grace would always have something tasty to eat. I can remember her skimming fresh cream off the milk from the cow at the barn for our enjoyment on strawberries or raspberries. I would watch her make fresh butter sometimes from the cream. She always had a smile on her face. I never heard a cross word from Grace. Much shaking of the head, rolling of eyes, a smile or a chuckle, but never a cross word, even with all our childhood shenanigans! She was a gentle person that gave my family lots of love for many years and through tough times, including my sister's cancer. She cared for her and my mom through that very hard time and I shall never forget her kindness. It takes a special person to do that and she was VERY special. We love you Grace and will never forget you. Hugs to all your children and grandchildren who will greatly miss you.

Steve and Luanne Bauman
   Posted Sat May 02, 2015
Rest in peace dear Grace. Grace was such a good friend to our mother Helen. They spent many hours discussing how to raise their kids as single, working moms. Blessings to all the family.

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