Olsen, Katrine

On July 19, 2011, four days after the 14th anniversary of my Dad’s passing my Mom, Katrine Dannevig Olsen (Kat to her friends) passed away unexpectedly at home. Born November 25, 1937 in Oslo, Norway she grew up during World War II. She learned how great the USA was. This was especially true after the war, as the USA helped Norway with supplies and food to get Norway and its citizens back on their feet. Mom met Dad – Olaf T Olsen, a fellow Norwegian in New York. He was smitten and dazzled her with long stem roses (which she cut short to fit a vase) and a fancy car. Mom left the Norwegian University to marry Dad. They were married in 1959 in a Stave Church in Norway and then made their home in Connecticut. In August of 1960 they bought their first house in Bloomfield and a month later Kay Dannevig Olsen was born. Within the next couple of years, Kris Dannevig Olsen and Kenneth Dannevig Olsen finished the Olsen family. In the early 70’s mom went back to college as a freshman and received her BS in Psychology from Trinity College. She received her MS in Psychology from the University of Hartford. All the while she continued being the Mom that went on the school field trips, helped coach the swim team and was a staunch Republican – even though, she was still a Norwegian citizen and couldn’t vote. In 1979, she built a house with her family in Farmington. She also became a real estate agent and continued this for more than 25+ years ending at Keller Williams. In the early 80’s Kat and Olaf were instrumental in developing a million dollar endowment for the Hill-stead museum. In addition, Kat was active with Garden Club and the ‘clatter valley society” as well as other charity organizations. In 1992, Kat, became a U.S. citizen in her own right. All three kids graduated college and their own lives. Kay worked in marketing and started her own company in 1999. Kris moved to New York and worked in Construction Management and Ken worked with Kay. Ken also worked part-time at Gledhill Nursery in West Hartford and then in 2009, was instrumental in starting the Laurel Group in the Hamptons, NY. In 2002, Kay met Doug Coombs. Kris married Yvette and have three children, Bryce Lipscomb is the oldest and he has a younger brother Ridge Dannevig Olsen and a younger sister Chloe Elizabeth Olsen. Over the years, Kat would continue to help friends and neighbors, bringing food, taking them to church or to vote or whatever someone needed. She always had a big heart. Kat not only leaves her family that loves her, she leaves many true friends who cared deeply for her. We will all miss her.
There will be a gathering to share great stories at The Ahern’s Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Animal Friends of Connecticut PO Box 370306, West Hartford, CT 06137-0306.

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