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Dena Lillian Alma Rachow Olsen
Birth: Apr. 26, 1916
Fayette County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 1999
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA

Fred Rachow
Emilie Marie Steege Rachow

Spouse: Aless Gerhard Olsen

Children: (4)
Son: Ronald Lee Olsen

Five Siblings:
Helen Rachow Hall
Mildred Alice Rachow Crever
Renee Rachow Jelenick
Marjorie Rachow Swenson Schmidt- "Marge"
Eleanor Rachow Hille

Paternal Grandparents:
August Friedrich Johann Rachow
Sophia Dorthea Carolina Shumacher Rachow

Maternal Grandparents:
Conrad Steege (Civil War Military Veteran)
Sophia Becker Steege

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Dena wrote in her own Family Tree she
was born in Sumner Banks Fayette Iowa.
Sumner is now Bremer Co. Iowa.
Dena was born in Banks Twp Fayette Co.

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** In Loving Memory of Dena **

Dena is loved, missed and remembered
forever in the hearts of all who loved her.
Dena was born in Iowa. Dena's Family
moved from Iowa by the 1930 Federal
Census for Wadena Co. MN .
Dena grew up in the Wadena Co. area.
She has many relatives via her Family
of origin in the Wadena and Staples MN
area and the Bremer/Fayette Iowa
area.. Dena married her soulmate
Aless Gerhard Olsen. They lived in Wadena,
moved to Lake Park MN and then
Memorial weekend 1952, their Family moved
the Mpls/Twin Cities MN area. Their
dear beloved Son Ronnie became
seriously ill and passed away
after their move to Twin Cities MN.
Ronnie and a Sibling got Strep throat.
The Sibling recovered. Ronnie's medical
issues progressed and he developed
Rheumatic Fever. Ronnie was
hospitalized in Detroit Lakes
and then the U of M Mpls Hospitals.
Ronnie was in and out of the hospitals
approx. 15 months before he passed away
the the U Of M Heart Hospital.
Dena and Aless visited Ronnie
daily at the U of M Hospitals.
Family helped care for Siblings while
Aless and Dena visited Ronnie.
Family was heartbroken when Ronnie
passed away. Losing Ronnie was traumatic
for the Family. They had a wonderful
Family. Dena and Aless were great
parents. They were both
always a blessing to spend time
with. Dena was beautiful,
kind, giving, sweet, witty,
always fun to be with and a
strong Woman of Faith. Dena loved
her Family and Friends.
Dena and her Family spent much time
gathering with many relatives.
We have many cherished fond Memories
of Dena. Dena loved to take family
pictures, especially of Aless and
her children. Dena also carefully
saved many family history for
graduations, ceremonies, confirmations,
obituaries, compiled Family Tree data.
As of 2014, Dena's children recently
have shared her wonderful
collection with all our Olsen-Olson
family. She left many huge photo
albums full of pictures of the
Rachow and Olsen-Olson Family Members.
This would be one of Dena's many
legacies. All Family has benefited
from Dena's Many years of taking pictures
and gathering documents. This was a
huge gift she left for all of us.
Family is compiling Dena's
collection with other family pictures
via other family and putting together
CD/DVD. Aless's Family from Norway
recently seen some of Dena's pictures
her daughter shared in 2014 and many
were featured at the Historical Wadena
Olsen-Olson- Wickstrom Family Reunion
Aug.2, 2014 at Sunnybrook Park in
Wadena MN. Everyone also remembers
Dena' s lunches and dinners. She would
say she didn't have much to serve and
provide a big feast to her guests. Dena
was very humble. Dena and Aless were
preceded in death by son Ronald Lee,
buried next to them at Crystal Lake

As of May 2016, Dena and her beloved
husband Aless are survived their Daughter
Marge, Sons Gary & David, Grandchildren.
She is survived by many Family members
and Friends from around MN including
Staples, Wadena and the Twin Cities
Metro MN area.

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Aless's late beloved Sister, Oline Olson Carlson's grandson has the Carlson Olsen family tree, family history and documents on his Ancestry. com site. Our Family welcomes photos, documents, family tree and family history information via that site or on Dena's Findagrave Memorial site. ( see Oline's Grandson's site for the Olson and Olsen Family info. Same family. Anton's given name from Norway was Olsen. Anton's last name got changed from Olsen to Olson when he and Hannah and baby Alma immigrated to the USA. ( Anton Mellemsdokken Olsen) Anton, Hannah and Alma were Olson spelling after their arrival to USA. All their children born in the USA were now Olson spelling. It appears Aless's Parents and all siblings except Aless kept the Olson name change from the immigration in 1901. Aless changed his name back to Anton's given Norwegian name Olsen when Aless was an adult.

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Paternal Grandparents:
( Parents of Fred Rachow)

Karl Johann Rachow
born Jan.27, 1844
born in Schwerin Mecklenberg Germany
died Oct. 21, 1912
Memorial: 63418628

Friedricka Marie Sophia Popenhagen Rachow
born Feb. 16, 1849 in Schwerlin Germany
died July 24, 1912
passed away in Sumner Banks Iowa
Memorial 63418629

Carl & Friedricka Married May 26, 1871

Immigrated to USA from Germany
Had nine Children ( Siblings of Dena's Father)
Search for Memorials to link in progress.
Many Memorials being linked.

Frieda Rachow Granneman, Fred's Sister's
Son Roy Granneman worked with
Dena and Dena's Sister to gather
Dena's Family History and Family
Tree information. Roy assisted
Dena's Family to gather the
Family history from Germany that Dena
recorded some info from. Dena did not
get a copy of all Roy's research.


Dena's Rachow Family history found
in the Nachkommen Ties Goodman
godemann/paf22.htm #40730C

Dena's family lived in Banks Twp Fayette
Iowa when her aunt Frieda passed away
in 1919. Dena's Rachow Family were living in
Thomastown Wadena Co. by 1930 Census.
Frieda & Henry Winter's Family lived
in the same area as Dena's Parents after
the moved to the Wadena MN area.

Dena loved Family history. research in
progress to link all family Memorials.

1920 Federal Census has Dena's Family of Origin
living in Banks Township Fayette Co. Iowa.
Fred Rachow 37 yrs old
Emelie 31 yrs
Mildred 8 yrs
Eleanora 6 yrs
Dena 3 yrs yrs
Marjorie 0
Will Steege 35 yrs (Emelie's Brother)

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1930 Federal Census - Thomastown Wadena Co. MN
Dena 13 yrs
Fred 47 yrs
Emelie 43 yrs
Mildred 18 yrs
Eleanora 16 yrs
Marjorie 10 yrs
Helen 8 yrs
Renee 1 yrs old

Dena's Uncle William Steege is buried at
the Verndale Wadena Cemetery. He
is Emilie Steeger Rachow's brother.
Dena's Mother, per her maiden name and
the 1920 Census. (1884- 1931)
His Memorial linked Parents Memorials.

Olsen Family Tree has Dena born in
Fayette Iowa. Dena's wrote in her
hand written Family Tree she
wrote has Sumner Iowa. Sumner is now
in Bremer Co. 1920 Census has Fayette.
Family from Bremer and Fayette Co. Iowa.
By 1921 Dena's parents and family had
moved to the Wadena MN area where Helen
was born in 1921.

Dena's U.S. Social Security Benefits
has Dena born in Banks Township Iowa
with Sumner Fayette Iowa below and a
question mark. This was a same confusion
in Dena's handwritten family tree she
wrote. unknown if those counties were
the same when Dena was born and later
reorganized their jurisdictions. Dena's
handwritten family tree except this
issue was very detailed and almost
flawless. SSA includes Dena's Parents
Names, dob, dod, same per Memorial.

Dena was the Family History Buff
for her Rachow & Steege Family.
She worked with a Sister and
Cousin to compile much family
history. They compiled the very
detailed information into spiral
notebook, handwritten by Dena.
( Dena's Family has the notebook)

Additional photos, family history,written Memorial Tribute information welcome for Dena's Findagrave Memorial.

Dena's bio in progress. To be edited.

Family links: 
  Frederich J. Rachow (1882 - 1969)
  Emilie Marie Steege Rachow (1887 - 1965)
  Aless Gerhard Olsen (1911 - 1985)
  Ronald Lee Olsen (1942 - 1952)*
  Mildred Alice Rachow Crever (1911 - 1994)*
  Eleanor Dorothy Rachow Hille (1913 - 2002)*
  Dena Lillian Alma Rachow Olsen (1916 - 1999)
  Marjorie Marie Rachow Schmidt (1919 - 2016)*
  Helen Mae Rachow Hall (1921 - 2013)*
  Renee Josephine Rachow Jelinek (1929 - 1988)*
*Calculated relationship
Crystal Lake Cemetery
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: section 25, lot 148, lot 4 or 5 next to Aless & Ronnie
Created by: d lester
Record added: Oct 19, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118965016
Dena Lillian Alma <i>Rachow</i> Olsen
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- Family of Aless and Dena Rachow Olsen
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