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Shirley Ann Olson

IRONWOOD, Mich. — Shirley Ann Olson, 85, of Ironwood, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Shirley was born on Feb. 3, 1939, in Ypsilanti, to Clifford and Cecilia (Spranger) Laflin. She was a graduate of Ypsilanti High School. On Feb. 28, 1970, Shirley was united in marriage with Phillip C. Olson at Zion Lutheran Church in Ironwood. She worked as a nurse for local nursing homes and then for hospice. Shirley enjoyed gardening and loved animals. Raising her family was her biggest pride and joy.

Shirley is survived by her three sons, David (Jolene) Berlin, Chris Olson and Sean (Sarah) Olson; daughter-in-law, Sabrina Berlin; and her five grandchildren, Sophie and Gracie Berlin, Sara Olson, and Tim and Ted Minier. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip in 2010; and her son, Tom Berlin; brother, Richard Laflin; and two sisters, Joan Ying and Eileen McPeters.

No formal services are taking place.

The family has chosen the McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home in Ironwood to honor Shirley’s legacy of life. To make an online condolence visit

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