Jean E. (Stowell) Ohlson, 71, of New Salem, a retired nursing assistant at University Health Services, died Jan. 31 at the Legend Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Gardner.
Born in Athol, she grew up on the family farm and graduated from Athol-Royalston Regional High School in 1959.
Following high school, she worked briefly at a shoe shop in Athol before going to get her nursing degree from Quinsigamond Community College. After earning her degree, she worked as a nurse at Athol Memorial Hospital, Tech Medical and at University Health Services from 1982-98.
She leaves her husband of 51 years, Alfred “Ollie” Ohlson of New Salem; sons, Alfred “Opie” Ohlson Jr. and Andrew Ohlson, four grandchildren, several nephews and nieces and a sister.
Calling hours are Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10-11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.
Funeral services will be held on Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home. Interment in Mountain View Cemetery, New Salem, will be private.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield 01104 or to the New Salem Central Congregational Church Memorial Fund, c/o Sue Dunbar, 25 Millington Rd., New Salem 01355.