Mary Jo (Olson) Gendron, 82, of Brainerd, passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, February 11, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd. Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation one hour prior to Mass. Memorials preferred.
Mary Jo was born in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Mario and Josephine Greco. After graduating high school, she married Leon Olson of Brainerd in July of 1955. They lived most of their married life in Brainerd, raising their 5 girls.
Mary Jo was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always had time to listen. She was amazing in her ability to entertain and had the wonderful gift of opening her heart and home. She enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her former husband, Les Gendron and children, Roxanne (Dan) Foster, Lisa (Dan) Anderson, Denise (Randy) Manlick, Cindy (Jeff) Heltemes, Renee Olson, Theresa Bartel and Leslie Gendron; 18 grandchildren of which 3 are from Brainerd, Jenny (Matt) Oseland, Daniel (Kristen) Abear, Nate Abear; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Nina Gallagher; and brother, John Greco.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Olson; two grandchildren, Luke Heltemes and Anna Anderson; brother, Rocco Greco; and her parents.
Arrangements have been completed by Nelson – Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.