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Olga Ingeborg Robinson


Olga Ingeborg Robinson, 97, of Duluth, passed away June 5, 2014, in Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living in Duluth.

Olga was born in October of 1916 in Palisade to Bendick and Rachel Grimsbo. She graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1934 and attended Duluth State Teachers College. Soon after her graduation, she taught in two one-room schools, first in Malmo, Minn., and then in Bell Horn Bay, Minn.

On June 8, 1941, Olga and James Howard Robinson were married at her parents' home in rural Palisade. She was a homemaker raising a son and five daughters on a farm in Burnett, Minn. In 1960 Olga went back to teaching as a substitute teacher and as a fulltime teacher at Caribou Lake Elementary from 1961-1984, during which time she completed her bachelor's degree at UMD.

She threw down her snow shovel and moved to Gramercy Park in Duluth in 2000 where she lived until moving to Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living in November 2009.

She was a member of Peace in Christ Lutheran Church and had been active with Lutheran volunteers and the Afternoon Guild of LWML while a member of the Lutheran Church of Christ the King. She was also a member of the Proctor Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; son Eugene; sisters Ann Will, Hilda Nordstrom and Emma Boe; and brothers Daniel and Nils Grimsbo.

Olga is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Richard) Robertz of Hermantown, Ann (Lionel) Blaido of Ft. Worth, Texas, Carol (Bror-Gustav) Heikkinen of Flower Mound, Texas, Diana (Jeff) Gilbertson of Duluth and Rita (Mel) Opp of Burnsville, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sisters Ruth Lofgren, Clara Pearson and Rachel Lund; brothers Peter, Olaf and John Grimsbo; and many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, June 11, in Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, 5007 Maple Grove Road in Duluth with Pastor Tim Ludwig officiating. Interment will be at Sunrise Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Peace in Christ Lutheran Church or Essentia Hospice

The family would like to thank the staff of Keystone Bluffs Assisted Living and Essentia Hospice for the wonderful care given to their mother.

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