Elaine (LaPerle) Olson, 83, of Southborough, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on Saturday, November 24, 2018, while enjoying the holiday weekend with family.
She was the beloved wife of the late Sherman V. Olson, who died in 2012.
Born and raised in Gilbertville, by William “Pépé Billy” and Lillian “Mémé” Bordeau LaPerle. Early in Elaine’s life her capacity for love and caregiving became apparent when she chose to forgo furthering her college education in order to care for her ailing mother. This experience became the template for Elaine's life. Her husband, Sherman, was grateful for the depth of her love and dedication. A fundamental supporter of her husband’s entrepreneurial vision, they worked in tandem to build a successful business while also raising two daughters.
Elaine's energy, passion and love of life was shown in her many pursuits including travel, history and artistic endeavors. Her enduring faith provided her with comfort, strength and grace which inspired her generosity. She had an enthusiasm that was demonstrated by her lifelong support of the Catholic Church and its affiliates.
Elaine will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by her daughters, Suzanne Matthews; Dana Olson and her husband John Wright; her three grandchildren, Brianna, Shannon and Lilah Matthews; and their father Tom Matthews, all of whom live in Jackson, Wyoming.
The family will greet visitors on Friday, November 30, from 4:00 -7:00 pm at Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 1, 10 am at St. Anne Church, 20 Boston Road, Southborough.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the parish that inspired Elaine's religious journey, St. Aloysius Church 58 Church Street, Gilbertville, MA 01031; or to St. Anne Church , 20 Boston Road, Southborough, MA 01772
At 83, Elaine began kayaking. May we all live life with the same gusto!
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