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Stanley Melvin Olson

Date of Death: May 24, 2018


It is with sadness that the family of Stan Olson announces his death from cancer on May 24 at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Born in Saskatchewan, he came as a child to BC and lived most of his life in the Lower Mainland.  He attended Briercrest and the University of Saskatchewan, and worked at Trinity Western University for 32 years as a librarian. After retiring, Stan was very involved in creation care as well as seeking understanding and reconciliation with Indigenous neighbours. 

Survived by his wife of 38 years, Marijke, his children, Karen (Luke) and Dave, his brother Ken (Marilyn) and by other family members in Canada, the US, and Australia. 

A memorial service was held at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, at 1:00pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.   

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Western University or A Rocha Canada.



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Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Les Zimmerman
Relation: College friend

I sang in a quartet with Stan. Great guy. Sorry. Such a loss! May he rejoice in the presence of our Lord.

From: William Badke
Relation: Friend and colleague

Having known Stan for 46 years, his going is a deep loss. I remember him as a man of constant energy and desire to make a difference. He was a dominant influence in my becoming a librarian, and my first library position was as his student worker. My deep condolences to the family as we live within the blessed hope.

From: Erica Leenders and Alex Szabo
Relation: Niece

Both Erica and I are so sorry to hear about Stan’s recent passing. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Our hope is that in celebrating his amazing life, you’ll share stories that you’ve told a hundred times and hear others that you’ve never heard before…such is a life well lived.

From: Becky de Vries

Deepest sympathy to Marijke, Karen & David
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Becky & Sharene 💕

From: Brad and Rhoda Crossley
Relation: Working at TWU; Friend of Luke

Marijke, Karen, Luke and Dave,
We are saddened to hear of Stan’s rather sudden passing. May God’s presence be near to each of you and His peace continue to give you strength.

From: Betty Dent
Relation: Friend

Hello Marijke and family,
We were so sorry to read of Stan’s passing.
Your loved one has found comfort and peace and warm welcome.
May that thought give you comfort and strength in your memories.
With sympathy,
Robert and Betty Dent

From: Jim and Jackie Coggins
Relation: friends

We were very sorry to hear (somewhat belatedly) of Stan’s passing. May God grant you peace that goes far beyond human understanding. Shakespeare was wrong. The good men do lives after them. Marijke, you and Stan have been a great blessing to us. May God reward you. May God bless and keep you all.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
May 30, 2018
Beginning at 1:00pm

Emmanuel Mennonite Church
3471 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

3471 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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