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February 6, 2020

Roger S. Olsen

Pastor Roger S. Olsen, age 74, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on April 2, 1945 in Rockford, IL, the son of George and Grace (Ream) Olsen.

Roger graduated from Oregon High School in 1963, and later graduated from Open Bible College in 1970. On June 26, 1965, he was united in marriage to Sandy Scott at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Waunakee. Roger's first calling as Pastor was at Bethesda Church (now Ridgeway Church) where he served from 1970 to 1974. He then served as a youth and college and career pastor at Madison Gospel Tabernacle (MGT), now City Church, from 1975 to 1988. Roger followed in his father's footsteps as a painter for a few years until answering the call to serve Grace Church in New Glarus in 1993, where he has served until his death. As a Pastor, Roger loved to officiate weddings and funerals, spreading love and giving hope to those left behind. Roger always made it a priority to celebrate, connect, and support his grandchildren; he also enjoyed playing his guitar.

Roger is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Daniel (Vicki) Olsen, Sheri (Peter) Hartman, Jonathan (Abigail) Olsen, and Sarah (Gregg) Hionis; grandchildren, David (Grace) Olsen, Megan (Joe) Larson, Michael (McKenna) Olsen, Christopher Olsen, Lauren Olsen, Timothy Olsen, Daniel Olsen, Mary (Chatoyre) Guider, Katie Hartman, Grace Hartman, Rose Hartman, Caleb Hionis, and Rennie Hionis. He is further survived by his brother, Kenny Olsen; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Grace Olsen; sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Rodney Monson; and sister-in-law, Sharon Olsen.

A funeral and celebration service will begin at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at City Church, 4909 E. Buckeye Road, Madison, WI, with Pastor Dale Crall officiating. Interment will be in the Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona, WI. Visitation will precede the funeral service from 2:00 p.m., until time of services on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at City Church in Madison.

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is assisting the family.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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