L. Olive Jahnke, 100, of Paynesville, died on Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 23, at the Paynesville Lutheran Church with Revs. Dave Nelson and Jeff Bergman officiating. Interment was in the Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield.
L. Olive Baken was born May 26, 1900, to Ole and Pauline (Hagen) Baken of Hayfield. She grew up in Hayfield and graduated from high school in 1918. In 1922 she graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield. During the four years that she attended St. Olaf, she was a member of the St. Olaf College choir. After graduation she taught high school math and chemistry in Benson.
On Sept. 7, 1927, Olive married Hilding Jahnke at her parent's home in Hayfield. Following their marriage, they lived in Paynesville, Long Prairie, Detroit Lakes, and Brainerd. Following Hilding's death in 1959, Olive became the head resident of the Alpha Omega Pi Sorority for two years at the University of Minnesota. She then returned to St. Olaf College where she was a head resident until 1971 when she retired. Following her retirement, she lived in Anoka for nine years. In 1980, she moved to Paynesville where she has lived since.
Olive was a member of the Paynesville Lutheran Church and a long-time resident of 700 Stearns Place.
Survivors include her daughters: Pat (Bert) Carlson of Walker and Carol Setterberg of Paynesville; six grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Melvin Baken, and a sister, Althea Oppen.
Taken from the Paynesville Press, Annandale, MN. April 2001