Fern W. Olsen, 80, of Beley Ave in Mattydale, died Saturday at St. Joseph's Hospital following a sudden illness at home. A native of Syracuse, Fern resided in Mattydale since 1956. She was the daughter of the late Lester and Florence Walters and was a 1947 graduate of Eastwood High School.
Fern retired in 1995 after 27 years as a Teacher's Aid at the former Bessie B. Riordan and then Smith Rd. Elementary Schools. Prior to that she also worked for several years as a secretary in the sales department of the Prosperity Co. She was a long time member of the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in North Syracuse, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and volunteered for their many functions. She also knitted mittens, scarves and shawls that were donated to charities serving the less fortunate.
Fern leaves behind her husband of 56 years John R., a son Eric Josephine Olsen of Binghamton, a daughter Lisa John Andrews of Mattydale, five grandchildren Amanda and John Andrews, Brian, Kaitlyn and Robert Olsen.
Funeral services will be 10 am Wednesday at Luther Memorial Church followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday at the Krueger Funeral Home 2619 Brewerton Rd. Mattydale. Contributions may be made in her name to the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church 435 South Main St. North Syracuse, NY 13212.