She was born on April 11, 1920 in Moose Jaw, Sask, the eldest of four girls,
Dorothy, Jean, Merle,
Margaret to parents Agnes
and Anton Peterson. She met Ralph Olser in 1940, they married in Moose Jaw in 1941, moved to
Regina, and had two children Carole and Norman.
After the war they moved to Porcupine Plain, Sask, where they farmed for 8 years and had
another daughter, Janice. Then back to Regina where Ralph re-enlisted in the army, a short stay in Moose Jaw where their 2nd son, Richard, was born, then to
Shelburne, Ontario for 2 years. Off to Werl, Germany for
3 years, then Calgary, Regina, Richmond, and finally
Ladysmith where they planned on living out their days.
After Dorothy was widowed in 1990 and lost her sight in 2002, she bought an apartment in Nanaimo where she lived until moving into Woodgrove Manor in 2015 for the rest of her life. Dorothy and Ralph attended,
and helped build, the Nanaimo Full Gospel Church;
recently she moved to the Church of The Nazarene. She was a church pianist from the age of 12 and continued until she was 90. She loved her family, her church, cats, flowers, gardening, travelling (especially to Hawaii and Europe), and shopping.
Dorothy is predeceased by her beloved husband Ralph, son Richard and her three sisters: Jean, Merle and
Margaret. She is survived by her daughters Janice and
Carole, son Norman, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grand-
children and 3 great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was always very involved with every member of her
family, loved spending time with them recalling stories from her past. She lived to 95 because she was strong,
stubborn, and determined to do things her way, often
to the dismay of those around her. She was always up for a trip or adventure even after she lost her sight…
She will be greatly missed by her loving family and many friends.
Bye Mom, Grand, Great, Great-great. We love you!
A Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm
at the Church of the Nazarene,
2150 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo.