Obituary For Virginia Olson
Virginia Catherine Olson of Hingham, formerly of Rockland and Norwell, passed Away peacefully on November 26 at her home.
Born in Weymouth on May 22, 1925. She was the first of seven children of Levi R and Margaret (Hurtin) Olson.
Virginia was a high honor graduate of Rockland High school (1943) and Bridgewater State Teacher and College (1947). She received a master of arts degree in history from Boston University (1950).
She was a much beloved teacher in both Hanover and Braintree from 1946 until her retirement in 1988. For many years before her retirement she served as a director of social studies for the Braintree public schools.
In addition to membership in several academic organizations, she a communicant at St Helens church.
She is survived by her brother Samuel H Olson of Hingham and three generations of beloved nieces and nephews.
She was pre-deceased by brothers John and Thomas and sisters Barbara, Eleanor and Pauline Childs.
A funeral will be held from The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, 135 Union St. Rockland MA 02370. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family church in Rockland on Wednesday, December 1st, at 9:00 AM. Internment will follow in Holy Family Cemetery.
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Today, I was sad to learn that my mentor and dear friend Virginia Olson had passed away. When I began teaching in Braintree, Virginia guided my path and encouraged me to take creative risks in teaching history. She was a woman of tremendous intelligence, compassion and grace. In my many years as a teacher, I have to say that I have never met a finer person. I want to express my sincere condolences to Virginia's family, her friends, and the scores of teachers and students who have had the great good fortune to have known and worked with this truly extraordinary woman. - Bob Frazier
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