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LORRAINE  STUTSMAN 'STUTSY'  OLSSON

Obituary for LORRAINE STUTSMAN 'STUTSY' OLSSON

October 30, 1920 - December 20, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 97

A lady of deep faith and strength, Stutsy was loved and cherished by many-she will be missed.

Obituary

Due to complications from a recent stroke, Lorraine Stutsman 'Stutsy' Olsson passed away December 20, 2017 peacefully at home with her son and family at her bedside.

Lorraine was born October 30, 1920 in Brush, Colorado, to I.E. and Amy Stutsman. She was married to Colonel John S. Olsson for 40 wonderful years.

A graveside Memorial will be held Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 9: 30 am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery conducted by The Reverend Michael A. Koehler, Associate Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

A reception in Stutsy's honor will follow at the San Antonio Country Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband John (December 25, 1982), their son, Jon (December 19, 1969 in Vietnam), her parents, her brother John Stutsman, son in law, Kent Riley, and great grandson, West Bayliss Riley McLendon.

Stutsy is survived by her loving son, Peter Olsson; daughter in law, Barbara Olsson Riley Rapp (Thomas), granddaughters, Amy Olsson Riley Connor (Rory), Alexa Riley Rauls (James), and Caroline Riley Carberry (Michael). Six great grandsons, Finn, John Riley, and Townes Conner, Noah and Alexander Carberry and Kent Rauls.

Stutsy attended Stephen's College in Columbia, Missouri and graduated from the University of Texas in 1942, as a member of Chi Omega sorority.

She then obtained a pilot's license and was commissioned as a Captain in the United States Army during WWII. In 1942, after a quick courtship Stutsy and John Olsson married in San Antonio.

She enjoyed being a military wife and mother to sons, Jon and Peter. Air Force assignments gave the family the opportunity to travel the world and experience different cultures.

In the early 1950s, living in Alaska, she was diagnosed with polio. It was a long and painful battle, but Stutsy never let this dreadful disease totally control her life. To date, the family believes she is possibly the longest living polio survivor.

In 1967, during her 3 wonderful years in Berlin, Germany with her husband Colonel John S. Olsson, Vice Commander of Berlin Tempelhof Air Force Base, she was selected Military Wife of the Year for helping East Berlin refugees during the Cold War. In Germany, she had the opportunity to work with personalities like Art Linkletter and became 'smitten' with the television industry.

After numerous family, world-wide assignments, she briefly retired from teaching after educating children throughout the world. She and John retired and came back home to San Antonio.

In 1970, she embarked on a second career at KLRN-TV as the Director of Educational TV for preschool children and developed into a local station spokesperson. She created a curriculum for training parents, childcare providers and pre-school instructors throughout Bexar County on the importance of 'being their child's first teacher'. She created spaces for parents and children to explore learning and create a life-time passion for education. She taught parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children. With foundation grants she was able to offer free training classes as well as support materials to all attendees, handing out hundreds of children's storybooks throughout the years. She also taught classes on how to interactively use PBS children's television programs as a way to educate and interact with children. Stutsy had a passion for creating a strong bond between parents and their children.

In 2004, she retired from education and television, leaving a well-earned and well-respected legacy.

Stutsy loved traveling the world, and spoke fondly of the places she continued to call home: San Antonio, Hawaii, and Wiesbaden, Germany. She and her son, Peter, and granddaughters had the opportunity to continue their world-wide adventures on land and sea for many years.

She was an active member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Military Civilian Club, PEO-Chapter AL, Daughters of the American Revolution and the San Antonio Country Club.

The family would like to recognize and thank her caretakers, Alicia Luna, Elene Pablanca, Lucy Scripter and Priscilla Baker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Stutsy's honor may be made to The KLRN Endowment Fund, Inc., PO Box 9, San Antonio, TX 78291 or St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 10 St. Luke's Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209.

A lady of deep faith and strength, Stutsy was loved and cherished by many-she will be missed.

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  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Stutsy's honor may be made to The KLRN Endowment Fund, Inc., PO Box 9, San Antonio, TX 78291 or St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 10 St. Luke's Lane, San Antonio, TX 78209.

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1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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