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Len & Mary Lou Matejcek

Len & Mary Lou Matejcek

Rachel's parents, Len & Mary Lou, live in Bloomington. They were married in 1969 and raised three daughters: Jennifer, Rachel, and Emily.

Len is a Maintenance and Operations Coordinator (MOC) for the Eden Prairie School District, and Mary Lou is currently concentrating on home projects.

They are currently attending Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington, a church affiliated with the Assemblies of God. Len is, in fact, a former AG pastor.

Len is becoming well known (in the family anyway) for his excellent cross-stitch creations. Recently, he has been creating cross-stiches from photographs that are processed through a computer program that creates a pattern for him to follow.

Mary Lou is a legendary collector of all sorts of things, especially plants. She is also very creative: some of her recent creations include bird houses, crocheted wire artwork, and outdoor 2x4 furniture.

For more pictures of Len and Mary Lou, go to their photo album.

Rachel and her Grandma Jean Hogen

Grandma Hogen (1916-2004)

This photo is of Rachel with her grandma Jean Hogen.

Jean Hogen was born in 1916 and passed away in September 2004. She was married for 51 years to Louis Hogen, who passed away in 1992. Lou and Jean had four children: Kathy, Roger, Mary Lou, and Doug.

Grandma Hogen lived in the house on the East side of St. Paul where she and Louis raised their children. She grew up in St. Paul and lived there her whole life. Well into her 80s, she traveled regularly to visit her children and grandchildren in Alaska, Montana, and Washington state.

Grandma Hogen was a devout Catholic who prayed regularly for all of her children and grandchildren. Although advanced in years herself, she still took the time to volunteer at the nursing home where she served for over 25 years!

We miss Grandma Hogen now that she's gone, but we are glad that she is now in the presence of her Lord Jesus in heaven.

Jeff's Family

Ross & Karin Olson

Ross & Karin Olson

Jeff's parents Ross & Karin Olson have been married since 1970. They raised four children (Jeff, Susan, Jason, and KaWan), and are the proud grandparents of three grandsons (Christopher, Patrick, and Aizec, and four granddaughters (Laura, Helen, Annika, and Esther).

Ross and Karin served as missionaries with the Evangelical Free Church Mission in Hong Kong from 1972 to 1980. Ross worked as a doctor at Evangel Hospital there.

Upon their return from Hong Kong in 1980, Ross began working at Group Health Inc.'s Bloomington clinic as a pediatrician. Today he continues to work at the Apple Valley clinic for Group Health's successor, HealthPartners.

Ross is very active at church (First Free Church) and in promoting Creation Science. He also is a strong advocate for the Christian perspective in social issues like abortion, bioethics, homosexuality, New Age infiltration in public schools, and pornography. See Ross's web site for more.

Ross and Karin spent their growing-up years in Minneapolis, and both their families attended First Free Church. Ross graudated from Washburn High School in 1960, and then went on to the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate work and to the U of M Medical School for his M.D, graduating in 1967. Karin graduated from Minneapolis Central High School in 1966, and then graduated from Hennepin County General Hospital School of Nursing in 1970 and obtained her R.N. license. Her nursing career, however, was cut short by the arrival of Jeff in 1971 and their subsequent move to the mission field in Hong Kong in 1972. While in Hong Kong she was a full-time mother to Jeff and Susan, but also found the time for supporting the ministry to the Chinese people and teaching English to the Vietnamese "boat people" refugees who were in Hong Kong at that time.

Today Karin is active in many volunteer capacities, including serving as a Mentor Mom for the MOPS program at First Free and leading discussions at Bible Study Fellowship. She is an active encourager, sending countless cards and letters to missionaries and others all over the world. She has helped tutor refugees and schoolchildren, and helps plan activities for the children during the yearly missionary candidate school for the EFCM. She also loves to spend time with her grandsons and her granddaughters. She has had regular weekly sleepovers for several years for her grandkids when they are around age 3-6.

For more pictures of Ross and Karin, go to their photo album.

Stan & Myrt Olson

Grandma & Grandpa Olson

Jeff's grandparents Stan & Myrt Olson:

Stanley Malvin Olson

Stanley Olson was born in a house near Washington Avenue in North Minneapolis in 1918. His parents were immigrants from Norway. His father was a glass blower who had to find work in America cleaning railroad cars. His mother came as a domestic servant to northern Minnesota. Stanley was the third son, his brothers being Arnold and Arthur who both became pastors.

He graduated from Minnehaha Academy and the University of Minnesota with short times spent at St. Olaf College and Dallas Theological Seminary. He married Myrtle Johnson just after Pearl Harbor and served as a US Naval supply officer in the South Pacific after duty in Ottumwa Iowa Naval Air Station and training at Harvard. He left the Navy as a Lt. Commander. After the war he came back to work for Kelvinator, Montgomery Wards and the Douglas Company. He briefly sold real estate before joining First Federal Savings and Loan to kick off the home improvement loan concept. First Federal became First Minnesota, then Norwest Bank and he retired as a Senior Vice President before it merged with Wells Fargo. He was active on the Board of Metropolitan Medical Center and Kiwanis Club.

He served in many leadership capacities at First Covenant Church in Minneapolis and then First Evangelical Free Church, as well as the Evangelical Free Church of America who once named him "Layman of the Year." He has always been a greatly appreciated teacher of adult classes and his experience and wisdom have been valuable contributions to church leadership.

After retiring from the Savings and Loan business, he lead Christian Investors for the Evangelical Free Church of America for 12 years, a church run savings and loan type institution with the purpose of investing savings in loans to churches with building programs. He and Myrtle continue to serve in church, to help their neighbors and to lead a Bible Study in their home.

Stan passed away in February 2009 at the age of 90. We miss him a lot. For more about Stan read our blog.

Myrtle Eva Otelia Johnson Olson

Myrtle Johnson was born on a farm in Rockford, Illinois in 1913. Her parents were immigrants from Sweden who had lived only a few miles apart on the island of Öland, but did not meet until they moved to Rockford, Illinois.

She had three siblings, two sisters and a brother. As a young child her family moved to Upsala, Minnesota where she attended school until her father developed Tuberculosis of the shoulder and had to enter Glenn Lake Sanitarium. The family moved to Minneapolis and her mother took a job sewing for Juster Bothers. She said that they moved often because they were noisy farm kids who could not be quiet enough for their neighbors. Her father eventually recovered enough to work as a watchmaker. She graduated from South High in Minneapolis and took a job with Northwestern National Life in the actuarial division while attending extension classes at the University of Minnesota.

She met Stanley Olson after having been to the Worlds Fair when they arranged to get together to look at each other's pictures of the attractions. The attractions proved to be more than just pictures. They were married in a very small ceremony at the First Covenant Church Chapel in February 1942 before Stan enlisted in the Navy.

Raising the four children, Ross, Merodie, Timothy and Bryan, born at about 3 year intervals, was a plenty big job but she also always had time for volunteer work. For many years she worked with Pioneer Girls Club at First Evangelical Free Church and helped organize Minnesota Pioneer Girls "Camp Cherith," which used a group camp in St Croix State Park. She also helped with Bible Study Fellowship and another Women's Neighborhood Bible Study at First Free Church for 15 years.

She is famous for her hospitality, having as guests not only family and friends but missionaries from around the world. And for many years, for a few weeks in the summer, Myrt and Stan rented a cabin on a lake near the Twin Cites, building memories for the 11 grandchildren.

In her late 80's she mastered the use of a computer in order to better communicate with the family, to record memories and help in putting together photo albums and ancestor books for the children and grandchildren.

Myrt passed away in December 2005 at the age of 92. We miss her, but are glad she is now in a better place with the Savior she loves. See our blog entry about her passing.

Lloyd & Edythe Falck

Grandma & Grandpa Falck

Jeff's grandparents Lloyd & Edythe Falck.

Edythe Lindberg was born in 1923. Lloyd Falck was born in 1924. They were married in 1947, and had seven children: Karin, Tom, Susan, Heidi, Nancy, Tim, and Christina.

Lloyd passed away in February 2005 at the age of 80. We had just celebrated his 80th Birthday party the previous month. Tom gave a moving tribute to his dad at the funeral.

Edythe lives in Burnsville and continues to attend First Free Church in Minneapolis.

This page was last updated on Tuesday, December 14, 2010.