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Loretta "Red" Olds

July 20, 1923 — March 20, 2017

Obituary for Loretta "Red" Olds

Loretta ”Red” M. Olds, age 93, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at Dove Healthcare West-in Eau Claire West surrounded by her family. She was born July 20, 1923 in Bloomer. She married Clayton “Blackie” Olds on May 2, 1942 in Bloomer. They shared 71 years together prior to his death in 2013. She was a homemaker for most of her life and will be remembered for her homemade chicken noodle soup. After owning and operating the Northside Grocery for ten years in Bloomer, Red and Blackie retired to their home on Lake Como, where they happily lived for many years. They wintered together in Arizona and Texas and enjoyed camping in Washburn, Wisconsin, where they established many wonderful friendships.

She is survived by her children: Gary (Jeanne) Olds of New Auburn, Pam (David) Emerson of Eleva and Debbie (Tim) Carlson of Eau Claire; seven grandchildren: Robin (Dennis) Faschingbauer, Jay Olds, Heidi Emerson, Maria (Cory) Kulig, Eric (Beth) Emerson, Alycia (Nick) Bashaw, Emily (Dave) McGee and nine great-grandchildren: Chase, Haley, Aliza, Cashton, Anna, Ryan, Adele, Sloane and Callum. We are forever grateful that she was our mom, grandma, and great-grandma.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10:30 PM with a visitation from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Church before the service. Burial will be at the Bloomer North Catholic Cemetery. Olson Funeral Home in Bloomer is assisting the family. Online condolences and memorials may be placed at

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