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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Eva Olson
January 26, 1931 - January 14, 2022

Residence: Tioga, North Dakota



Eva Francis Olson, a longtime resident of Tioga, North Dakota passed away January 14, 2022, at the Tioga Medical Center from complications after a fall.

Eva was born January 26, 1931, to Frank and Bessie (Lester) Frisinger in rural Watford City, ND. She was the third of four sisters followed by three brothers.

She married Penn Harms in 1949 with whom she had four children, Penny, Rox Ann, Gary and Robert.

Soon after oil was discovered in the Tioga area, Penn and Eva moved from the Harms’ farm in McKenzie County to the Three-Mile corner south of Tioga on Highway 2, where she owned and operated the P&E Café. She had jobs for her children at the cafe, where Penny became one of her best waitresses.

Penn and Eva divorced. Eva married Donald (Buck) Schmidt in 1963. Buck died suddenly in 1965.

After closing the café in 1968 Eva worked at Blikre Motors, Farmer’s Union Oil, City Cafeteria in Tioga and then the United States Post Office where she caught the eye of Carroll Olson. Ever the gentlemen, he called to see if she would have coffee, to which she agreed and their courtship began. Eva and Carroll married in 1972 and maintained their home in Tioga. The two loved to travel and enjoyed trips all over the United States even venturing to Alaska in their camper. Their happy marriage was cut short when Carroll died in 1995. After Carroll’s death and true to her nature, she often traveled with organized groups to see parts of the US she had not yet seen.

Eva was a prolific and talented quilter. She made Christmas wall hangings, table runners and quilts for each of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to garden and had a special talent for canning. She would deliver quarts of crisp dill pickles as Christmas gifts to family and reminded all of us that she “wanted the jars back.”

She was a lifetime active member of the Tioga American Legion Auxiliary for 57 years and the Handy Mandy Homemakers and enjoyed her involvement and many friendships that developed in both organizations.

Eva has six grandsons. She was always available to stay with them or have them stay at her home. She traveled to see them and be part of their lives. She would look after them, entertain them, take them fishing, play Monopoly or cards and make them special meals. “Grandma Eva’s” fried chicken was always a welcome treat.

Eva was fearless traveling long distances in her Buick to visit friends, family and the casino in New Town.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carroll L. Olson; daughter, Rox Ann Harms; son, Gary Harms; sisters, Virginia Lund, Lillian Rinck, and Lottie Rolla; brothers, Franklin Frisinger and Dennis Frisinger; husband, Donald (Buck) Schmidt and stepson, Tom Schmidt.

She is survived by children, Penny (Gene) Moe and Robert (Cherie) Harms; grandchildren, Curtiss (Sonja) Moe, Shawn (Carrie) Moe, Chad ( Jessica) Moe, David (Christine) Harms, Gunther (Alexie) Harms and Diedrich (Sarah) Harms; great-grandchildren, Conner (Libbi) Moe, Madeline Moe, Bridger Moe, Jackson Moe, Olivia Moe, and Caleb Moe; brother, Russell (Audrey) Frisinger; brother-in-law, Don Lund; sister-in-law, Lucy Frisinger; stepchildren, Monte Olson, Linda (Olson) Carmody, Carolyn (Olson) White, Donna (Schmidt) Shafer and Kelly Schmidt and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial Contribution
Family asks memorials be sent to the Tioga American Legion Auxiliary Unit 139, C/O Debbie Iverson, PO Box 356, Tioga, ND 58852, or the charity of their choice.

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Charles Barton (Grapevine, TX)
Jan 14, 2022
A wonderful woman that will be missed by many. Eva had a heart of gold.
Jeni Rink (Coopersville, MI)
Jan 15, 2022
Eva and her sister Lillian
Eva was my Aunt and she reminded my so much of my mom I am glad they are together again.
Ethyl & Russ Papineau (TIOGA,, ND)
Jan 16, 2022
Deepest sympathy to all of Eva's family. She was a special woman with a quick smile and conversation whenever we met. She will be missed by many. Hold those precious memories close. Love and prayers to all.
Mark and Laurie Wrolson (Williston, ND)
Jan 17, 2022
Eva was such a sweet and always friendly lady, I always enjoyed visiting with her when delivering her ups packages and she always made sure I had some goodies for the road. Your all in our thoughts and prayers
Sandy (Moberg) McCloud (McGregor, ND)
Jan 18, 2022
I'm so sorry to hear about Eva. She was a sweet lady! Hugs and prayers for Penny, Gene and families.
Julie Siegel (Lamont, Michigan)
Jan 18, 2022
The Frisinger sisters
Aunt Eva will be so missed. She was one of a kind and those Frisinger ladies were spitfires! I always loved getting handwritten cards and calls from her. She always had a smile for you and was so fun to talk with and catch up on the lives of her family in ND. I have included a picture of the 3 of 4 “Frisinger girls” oh how all are loved and missed!
Sandra and Irene Heinle (BISMARCK, ND)
Jan 20, 2022
I was so sorry to hear about Eva. She was such a pleasant lady. Mom and I always enjoyed having her visit when she was in Bismarck. I am sure she will be missed by everyone who knew her.
Rob and Babe Olson (Mesquite , N.V.)
Jan 22, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
Shawn Carmody (Monroe, Washington)
Jan 22, 2022
I am so grateful for the many loving memories of Eva and grandpa Carroll. She was really the best kind of grandmother, firm when you were out of line, warm always, giving and generous.

My mother, Linda (Olson) Carmody and her sister Carolyn (Olson) White visited in June of 2021 to find Eva in her yard, partially under a bush pulling weeks. A fun memory of an active and beautiful Eva.
I’m going to look for the many recipes in mom’s box that Eva provided, handwritten of course.
Love always.
Marie Soine
Jan 22, 2022
Penny and Robert so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with her. She was a nice lady.
Lee and Reness Nelson (Bismarck , ND)
Jan 23, 2022
So very sorry to hear about your mothers passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all
David Frisinger (Billings, Montana )
Jan 24, 2022
Penny and Gene. My condolence’s on the passing of your Mother. She was a wonderful person whom over came many heart breaks. I have many memories of her cooking at her cafe. I will be donating to the American Legion Auxiliary in her memory.
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